Building a New South Africa: Volume 1 (Economic Policy) by IDRC, Marc Van Ameringen

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The most important role for external inputs is to facilitate this internal reallocation of resources. This can be achieved as follows: • • • • Purchasing local consultants’ time and supporting their study of key policy issues and assessment of alternative policy options; Providing resources to local institutions of policy research or to those in key “shadow” positions to permit them to commission studies from local consultants on issues that they identify as important (plans for a local institute of economic policy research and training are already well developed); Supporting local workshops, networks, and conferences to identify areas of high priority; and Providing external person-power to assist the institutions from which key people have been drawn to meet the country’s urgent needs for policy analysis.

It would be developed and directed by a coordinator, who would also provide liaison with other bodies as necessary. Funds for MERG would be administered by the institution at which its coordinator is employed. The coordinator would be answerable to a small steering committee, including senior representatives of the democratic movement, notably ANC and COSATU, and his or her own institution. MERG would be organized as a collection of networks, operating, in the first instance, for 18 months. ), a subject coordinator would be appointed by the MERG coordinator, with advice from his or her governing committee.

Many of these centres were set up during the highly repressive years of the State of Emergency (1985–1989) and sought the relative safety of a university environment. Training and policy-oriented research units were also set up within mass organizations: COSATU’s Industry Restructuring Project, for example. By the late 1980s, COSATU’s capacity to undertake research on policy issues, as well as its capacity to participate in other research and policy networks and absorb and communicate economic information, had increased dramatically.

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