Conferences and Events

IFAA has run a number of conferences on pressing socioeconomic and political issues confronting South African society.

IFAA hosts regularly economic policy dialogues, bringing together voices of academics and progressive economists, policymakers, labour, members of government and civil society.

Our most recent dialogue was titled “New Dawn and Structural Transformation” and considered how economic policy should respond to a “perfect storm” of poverty, inequality and unemployment. You can find a report on this dialogue in New Agenda Issue 72. 

In 2018, IFAA hosted a town-hall public event on Prospects for Renewal in South Africa, with contributions from Thuli Madonsela, Ben Turok, Kgalema Motlanthe and Pallo Jordan. IFAA also participated in the inaugural Rethinking Economics for Africa Festival.


In 2017, IFAA hosted a major policy conference “Confronting Inequality.” The conference brought together academics, activists, students, business and members of government to discuss how to resolve the country’s large and widening inequality.

In 2015 IFAA co-hosted a colloqium on China’s relations with Africa with the University of Cape Town.

IFAA has also organised two major conferences  on the interface between mining and manufacturing in South Africa in collaboration with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The IFAA Student and Youth Programme hosts regular forums. For more on these follow our the Forum’s facebook page.


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