Call for applications: Industrial Policy for Policymakers from SADC countries

3-7 September 2018 | Johannesburg, South Africa

The second edition of the Industrial Policy for Policy Makers (IPPM) training programme will be taking place in September 2018, and will be held alongside the annual African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE). This year’s theme for IPPM is: Structural Change, Innovation and Industrial Development.

The programme is open for policymakers from SADC countries. It is a partnership between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), APORDE, the South African Department of Trade and Industry, and Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). It is aimed at senior government officials from across SADC and will be held in Johannesburg (South Africa) from 3 to 7 September 2018. 

There is no charge to attend the training, however due to limited places applicants will be accepted through an application process. South African delegates will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation costs. Up to ten delegates from other SADC countries will have their costs of travel and accommodation covered by the programme.

The five day intensive training course is focused on Industrial Policy and consists of lectures and seminars taught by leading international and African economists. It is of particular relevance given the recent adoption of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Action Plan.  The programme consists of both daytime lectures and evening lectures.  Participants are expected to attend all lectures.  


IPPM will cover essential topics in development economics with a focus on key aspects of industrial policy. Several lectures will be held jointly with the APORDE programme. The training will include sessions on:

  • Critical Perspectives on Development Economics
  • Market, State and Institutions in Economic Development
  • Innovation systems and industrial development
  • Learning, Governance and Technology Acquisition
  • The developmental state and industrial policy
  • Industrial Development in SADC
  • Regional Value Chains and Industrial Development

A list of confirmed lecturers includes:

  • Chris Cramer (SOAS, University of London)
  • Ha-Joon Chang (Cambridge University)
  • Mushtaq Khan (SOAS)
  • Ben Fine (SOAS)
  • Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Thandika Mkandawire (London School of Economics)


Applicants should be senior government officials in SADC countries working in economic ministries / departments and be proficient in English.

The following documents should be sent to

  • The completed application form
  • A recent curriculum vitae not exceeding 5 pages in length
  • A letter from your employer confirming your availability to attend for the full duration of the training
  • A motivation to attend (Max. 500 words)

The application can be downloaded below and is also available on the TIPS website (

The application will close on Friday 27 July 2018 at 8 o’clock in the morning, Johannesburg time. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Candidates will be notified by E-mail of the outcome of their applications at the latest by early August 2018.

Should you have any queries, please contact: