The Covid Project

ERSA, in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), worked on a project aimed at developing economic policy in a post-COVID-19 South Africa. We landed in a complex position after the public health response in South Africa. In an effort to protect its citizens, South Africa pursued an aggressive lockdown and social distancing strategy, but this left many businesses operating in an environment constrained by weakened demand, supply-side bottlenecks and a compromised labour market. With such a profound impact on our economy it is important to raise questions of whether our policy responses have been appropriate for the South African context, and what the policy going forward should entail.

In The Covid Project, expert researchers from throughout the country are drawn together to unpack these complex issues comprehensively.

  • Monetary Policy
  • Labour Market Policy
  • Trade Policy
  • Building back for a sustainable future

Related Discussion Documents

COVID-19 and the South African Economy
As South Africa looks to navigate itself out of a COVID-induced rec...
Published: 1 September 2022
Discussion Document

Related Policy Papers

Sailing into the Wind: evaluating the (near) future of Monetary Policy in South Africa
This paper evaluates the main challenges facing South African monet...
Published: 9 April 2021
Policy Paper
Understanding South Africa’s trade policy and performance
South Africa’s exports have lagged behind the rest of the world ove...
Published: 28 June 2021
Policy Paper
Addressing low labour utilisation in South Africa
South Africa’s stubbornly low labour utilisation rate is an interna...
Published: 28 June 2021
Policy Paper
Building a competitive and dynamic green industrial sector in South Africa after COVID-19
COVID-19 gave the world a glimpse of how devastating a pandemic can...
Published: 28 June 2021
Policy Paper

Related Dialogues

Part 1: Monetary policy and Covid-19 in South Africa
The discussion is based on Sailing into the Wind: evaluating the (n...
Event: 7 July 2021
Part 2: Recovery policies and labour utilization
The discussion is based on two research papers: Recovering from COV...
Event: 28 July 2021
Part 3: International perspectives and South Africa’s trade policy
The discussion is based on two papers: Covid-19 and Lockdown Polici...
Event: 11 August 2021
Part 4: Building back for a sustainable future
The discussion is based on two papers: “Building back fairer ...
Event: 25 November 2021

Related podcasts

Prof Nicola Viegi on evaluating the near future of monetary policy in SA: Sailing into ...
Only three times in the last century has monetary policy been re-ev...
Published: 1 July 2021
Prof Andreas Wörgötter on addressing current and persisting challenges in South Africa’...
At a time when tensions are rising due to growing inequality and un...
Published: 23 July 2021
Dr Matthew Stern on understanding South Africa’s trade policy and performance
An issue often overlooked in many discussions is that of exports an...
Published: 5 August 2021
Dr Channing Arndt on Building back fairer from the Covid-19 Pandemic in South Africa
Post-pandemic, South Africa’s economy finds itself in a constrained...
Published: 19 November 2021

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Published: 10 September 2022
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