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Most participants agreed, however, that it brought together some of the major players in the economic arena and that this was an important beginning in and of itself. An academic publication drawing on some of the more policy-oriented papers presented at the conference was belatedly produced in 1988 (White and Suckling 1988). A veritable flood of similar policy and development-oriented conferences followed: Beijing (September 1986), Amsterdam (December 1986), Boston (1987), Freiberg (1987), Paris (1989), and Lausanne (1989) are among the best known.
Here, I concentrate mainly on MERG, its creation and structures, and the lessons to be learned from that experience. However, some of MERG’s predecessors date back to the mid-1980s. Although the aim of policy formulation was not always explicit, especially in some of these early initiatives, many of the processes and events that occurred or were set up then had an important bearing on later work in economic policy formulation. Despite the fact that these are complex issues, and it is not always easy or politically prudent to publicize them widely, the policy process, especially from 1991 to 1994 became more closed (even secretive) than necessary.
Access to more established economics departments in what are now legally open universities is still largely problematic for these students because of large shortfalls in their preuniversity education relative to white entrants, financial constraints, and the absence of strong remedial programs. Access to economics training for black women has been particularly restricted, given the predominant patriarchy in South African society. Programs that have been established so far remain woefully inadequate.
Building a New South Africa: Volume 1 (Economic Policy) by IDRC, Marc Van Ameringen