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The IRR produces, disseminates, and promotes the new ideas that South African policy makers need in order to promote the investment and economic growth that will draw poor people into jobs and build a more prosperous South Africa.
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What We Do

The IRR produces, disseminates, and promotes the new ideas that South African policy makers need in order to promote the investment and economic growth that will draw poor people into jobs and build a more prosperous South Africa.

Ideas are the most powerful influence on any society. Apartheid policy was, for example, only abandoned after its dominant idea of racial separateness was undermined. In the very same way South African policy makers need new ideas with which to promote the investment and economic activity that will draw poor people into jobs and build a more prosperous South Africa.

The ideas we promote are the pillars of freedom in all successful societies. They include:

  • That the State should be small but effective in carrying out its core functions
  • That people should be treated as individuals and not as members of groups
  • That property rights should be protected so that the poor can accumulate wealth and assets
  • That strong independent institutions in the media, judiciary, and civil society should be empowered to hold powerful interest groups in business and government to account
  • That economic freedom is as important as political freedom and that people should be empowered to stand on their own feet to work, start businesses, invest, and own property in order to improve their lives.

Urgency is paramount. Without much higher levels of investment and growth, South Africa will not defeat its triple challenges of unemployment, poverty, and inequality. Yet failure to do so could open the door to radical and populist policies that erode property rights, destroy political freedoms, and impoverish the country.

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Ideas are the most powerful influence on any society. Apartheid policy was, for example, only abandoned after its dominant idea of racial separateness was undermined. In the very same way South African policy makers need new ideas with which to promote the investment and economic activity that will draw poor people into jobs and build a more prosperous South Africa.

The ideas we promote are the pillars of freedom in all successful societies. They include:

  • That the State should be small but effective in carrying out its core functions
  • That people should be treated as individuals and not as members of groups
  • That property rights should be protected so that the poor can accumulate wealth and assets
  • That strong independent institutions in the media, judiciary, and civil society should be empowered to hold powerful interest groups in business and government to account
  • That economic freedom is as important as political freedom and that people should be empowered to stand on their own feet to work, start businesses, invest, and own property in order to improve their lives.

Urgency is paramount. Without much higher levels of investment and growth, South Africa will not defeat its triple challenges of unemployment, poverty, and inequality. Yet failure to do so could open the door to radical and populist policies that erode property rights, destroy political freedoms, and impoverish the country.

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