Economic Development

StratEcon has been involved in a number of projects that further specific development objectives of countries within Southern Africa.  These objectives are usually policy related and are often aimed at maximising social impacts, such as employment opportunities.  StratEcon is able to tailor its assessment procedures to focus on these specific objectives.

Very often the policy related objectives lead to conflicting effects. What might be good socially or economically might not necessarily be good for the environment. Tax generation could come at the expense of job creation. This is were multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) helps policy makers and officials to determine the best possible outcome for conflicting consequences. StratEcon has extensive experience in setting up MCDA matrices, assisting officials in weighing the criteria according to policy imperatives and scoring the individual options. Sensitivity analyses are performed to assess the robustness of the overall outcomes and to highlight the consequences of the various policy choices.

Completed Projects

 

  • Measuring the economic and social value of water in Lesotho and the catchment ecocsystems. For GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), 2020.

  • Measuring the economic value of three Algoa Water Supply System catchment areas and their ecosystem services. For GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), 2020.

  • Development of a Private Sector Participation (PSP) framework for the rail industry in South Africa. For the National Treasury Operation Vulindlela Unit and the United Nations University, 2021.

  • Economic feasibility assessment of developing various phases of port infrastructure in the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). For the SB IDZ Licencing Company, 2020/21.

  • Quarterly economic performance review of the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). For the SB IDZ Licencing Company, 2019 to current.

  • Development of a strategic model for the oil and gas industry. For the Saldanha Bay IDZ and SAOGA, 2018.

  • Development of an economic model to Measure the Ease of Doing Business in the Western Cape. For the Western Cape Government Department of Economic Development and Tourism, 2016/17/18.

  • Assessment of the Western Cape Maritime Industry. For the Western Cape Government Department of Economic Development and Tourism, 2016-17.

  • Establishing the size and economic contribution of the Cape Town and Western Cape film industry. With Grant Thornton for Wesgro, 2017.

  • External reviewer on the Base line study for Labour Based Works Programmes in Namibia, 2006/7.

  • Consultant to UK Department for International Development – Southern Africa on the economic and financial impact of labour based road rehabilitation in the Northern Province of South Africa, 2000.

  • Consultant to Spier Home Farms to develop a model to assess the economic, social and financial impact of multiple farm development options, 1998.

  • Consultant to HSBC, Biwater and the Development Bank of Southern Africa on the financial sustainability of a privatised water reticulation system in the Greater Nelspruit area, 1997-9.

  • Consultant to the Ministry of Works, Republic of Namibia on the economic aspects of ‘Labour Based Works Programmes’, 1996 - 2001.