Call for Proposals: UNU-WIDER Regional growth and development for Southern Africa’s prosperity

Application Deadline: July 7th 2019

UNU-WIDER, together with SA-TIED partners the National Treasury of the Republic of South Africa (NT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), invite proposals from qualified researchers for high quality economic and/or political economy analysis in any of the five focus areas of the work stream on regional growth and development for Southern Africa’s prosperity.

As Southern Africa’s largest economy, South Africa’s national economic policy decisions often have regional repercussions. This area of research is designed to enhance our understanding of the South African economy within the larger Southern Africa regional context. It consists of five focus areas:

  1. South Africa, SADC and Beyond 
  2. South Africa as a Regional Investor
  3. the Spatial Economy of Southern Africa
  4. the Political Economy of Regional Growth
  5. Strengthening Regional Value Chains

An important aspect of the research design is to encourage systematic integration of political economy perspectives under each focus area.

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UNU-WIDER, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), and Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) invite proposals from qualified researchers for high-quality economic and/or political economy analysis in any of the five focus areas set out above. Key research and policy questions in each of the five focus areas are given in Annex A of the full request for research proposals (RFRP).

The objectives of this RFRP are to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for researchers to conduct policy-relevant research on topics of relevance to South Africa’s role in the larger Southern African regional economy.
  2. Facilitate policy dialogue through engaging with researchers on policy-relevant issues and ensuring that the research findings are communicated effectively to stakeholders — including the academic community, policy makers, and civil society via policy summaries and dialogue.

Proposals from individuals, groups of individuals, as well as non-profit organizations are welcome. Researchers can be based in Southern Africa or internationally and can combine researchers from different countries and institutions. Special consideration will be given to Southern African research teams that include junior and early-career researchers, as well as researchers from previously disadvantaged groups.

Timeline
22 June 2019 Final opportunity for questions on the request for research proposals
7 July2019 Proposals due
19 July 2019 Target date for informing on final decisions
16 August 2019 Target date for completion of necessary administrative procedures
29 November 2019 Target window for submission of first draft of papers and work-in-progress workshop
29 February 2020 Submission of final paper

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNU-WIDER Regional growth and development for Southern Africa’s prosperity

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