1. New Agenda

New Agenda is IFAA’s flagship publication and we strive to make it an essential source for critical and progressive social and political analysis. New Agenda is published quarterly and is distributed to policymakers, universities, civil society and individuals in South Africa and across the globe.

New Agenda pursues a deeper and critical understanding of South Africa’s socioeconomic system, while emphasizing the need for transformation and structural change. This aim is as part of IFAA’s broader mission to advance a vision of an alternative world order which places people, not vested interests, first.

Download our New Agenda Subscription form here!

2. Industrial Policy Research

Since 2011, IFAA has focused on the area of mineral beneficiation and value addition in the South African and African mining economy. IFAA’s research is geared at influencing economic policy decision makers to leverage the mineral sector for industrialisation, both locally and regionally. In this way, our research aims to contribute to the eradication of Africa’s colonial legacy.

In 2016 IFAA completed a major study for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) titled: “Minerals are not forever: A study of minerals and industrialisation in South Africa.” IFAA’s work was supported by a number of expert academics in the field. See the “Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations” of this report (here).

In 2017 IFAA’s research team focuses on understanding the potential for South Africa to lead regional industrialisation on the principle of mutual benefit and economic genuine collaboration. Integration is seen to be the key to achieve substantive economic transformation across the continent.

IFAA has 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).

3. The IFAA Student and Youth Department

The Student & Youth Department aims to establish a community and network for progressive students and youth in Cape Town.

The IFAA Forum provides platform for young progressives to share academic work and debate topical issues. The IFAA forum, along with our cour ses, book clubs, and publications, aims to strengthen progressive consciousness across the Western Cape.

To keep up to date with the activities of the IFAA Student and Youth Department please like our Facebook page

3. Publishing

IFAA has published a number of books on economics, politics, and progressive history. In 2016, IFAA Director Ben Turok published “Changing the Colour of Capital: Essays in Politics and Economics,” and the IFAA Student and Youth Department published the first (IFAA Critical Review). You can view our various other titles here.

Download our Catalogue here!

4. Conferences and Events

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

In 2017 IFAA will host a major policy conference “Confronting Inequality.”

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