The Inclusive Economies Project is located within the Policy and Analysis Unit of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), and is dedicated to research and influence policy debates around the issue of socio-economic justice in South African and elsewhere on the continent. This includes the production of an annual Transformation Audit (TA), which is accompanied by longitudinal scorecards, and the creation of platforms for debate on the issues that falls within its scope.
By means of a unique scorecard methodology, developed specifically for it by a team of leading South African economists, the TA provides an annual review of progress in attaining socio-economic justice in South Africa. It looks at the economy and ownership, at changes in education and employment, and the redress of poverty and inequality. By auditing developments within these four focus areas, the TA offers insight into, and measurement of, the changes that the economy has undergone over the past fifteen years. Such scrutiny enables it to identify critical shortcomings, but also strategic points for the targeting of resources.
The TA scorecards are supplemented by commissioned groundbreaking analysis by some of the country’s top economists and political analysts. Such analysis, which is too often framed in technical jargon that excludes broader audiences from policy-making processes, becomes reframed in the TA to allow for greater access and engagement with critical developmental issues. By presenting the relevant information, data, analysis, and the concomitant insights in an intelligible format, it not only opens doors to the improved understanding of, but also participation, in important national debates.
The findings of the project are being injected in various policy and opinion-leader forums and have been quoted widely in policy documents and prominent scenario exercises.