About CDE

The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), an independent policy analysis and advocacy organisation, is South Africa’s leading development think tank. Since its establishment in 1995, CDE has been gathering evidence, consulting widely, and generating innovative policy recommendations on issues critical to economic growth and democratic consolidation. CDE has a special focus on the role of business and markets in development.

We are widely recognised for the practical policy recommendations we formulate and share, outlining ways in which South Africa can tackle major social and economic challenges. We are also recognised for our role in convening robust roundtable discussions which deal with the tough issues facing South Africans across a range of traditional political and social divides and which look for common ground.

We focus on policy areas critical for inclusive economic growth: investment and jobs, youth unemployment, business and markets, education and skills, cities, migration, land reform and strengthening democracy.

CDE disseminates its work to a national audience of policy-makers, opinion formers and the wider public through briefings, printed and digital publications, infographics and multimedia platforms which receive extensive media and social media coverage.

CDE’s voice and role – market-oriented, pragmatic, evidence-based – fills a void in the national landscape by bringing to the fore bold, well-informed alternative approaches which are a critical contribution to strategies for achieving inclusive economic growth and transformation.