FANRPAN Annual High Level Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue 2010

Host institution

Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU)

NEPRU is an autonomous Namibian research institute that undertakes applied socio-economic, policy-related research for and on behalf of the Government, domestic and international institutions, as well as the private sector.

Mission Statement

To support the Government of Namibia’s development goals by providing economic policy advice and conducting economic research building research capacity.

Research Programme

  1. Macro-Economic and Fiscal Policies
    • Macro-economic planning and policy analysis
    • Monitoring and publishing of macro-economic indicators
    • Macro-economic modelling and micro-simulation
    • National budget analysis
    • Public expenditure reviews and public expenditure tracking surveys
    • Revenue impact of trade liberalisation
  2. Financial Economics, Information & Communication Technology
    • Financial Inclusion
    • Trade in Financial Services
    • Structure of the Financial Sector
    • Monetary Systems & Financial Markets
    • Asset Pricing & Corporate Finance
    • Saving and Investment
    • ICT Access and Usage
    • ICT Applications for Development
  3. Regional Integration, Trade & Private Sector Development
    • Regional economic integration and the impacts of trade liberalization
    • Publication of the Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook
    • Support to SADC and SACU secretariats through regional research, monitoring and evaluation
    • Support to national SADC institutions through participation in committees Regional Business Climate Surveys

Regional Activities

Although NEPRU’s work concentrates on Namibia, the institute is increasingly involved in research in the southern African region. For instance, NEPRU is:

  • the Secretariat for the Southern and Eastern Africa Policy Research Network (SEAPREN);
  • involved in the Formative Process Research on Integration in Southern Africa (FOPRISA) in support of the SADC Secretariat; Co-editor of the annual Monitoring Regional Integration Yearbook.