Since 2013, IFAA has developed a research expertise on industrial policy in South Africa and the rest of Africa. IFAA’s research aims to guide national and regional policymakers in formulating policy to overcome commodity dependence and achieve rapid industrialisation and broad economic development. Our recent research outputs are listed below:

2019: “From extraction to industrialisation: Local procurement in Ghanaian and Tanzanian Gold Mining” supported by UNU-WIDER

2017: “Infrastructure, Industrialisation and Community Development in Africa” supported by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

2017: “South Africa’s Industrial Outreach in Africa” supported by TIPS

2015: “Minerals are not Forever” supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

2013: “The Interface between Mining and Manufacturing in South Africa” conference supported by the IDC

2013: “Making the Most of Africa’s Commodities” consultancy for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa


For further information about IFAA’s research contact Carilee Osborne at


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