SBI Policy and Research


This portfolio will conduct the required research to develop policy recommendations and responses to requests for public comment or policy proposals. Findings will be packaged for different audiences, including individual business owners, chamber members, the media, sister business organisations, public servants and policy makers. The SBI is raising funding to conduct a comprehensive baseline study of SMEs in South Africa to support evidence-based decision making. In addition, the directors will deliver a ‘landscape index’ of the SA business environment and regular policy briefs and talking points as a basis for advocacy work.

Research conducted by our partners



The Global Competitiveness Report 2016–2017

The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017 assesses the competitiveness landscape of 138 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. This year’s edition highlights that declining openness is threatening growth and...

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Global Innovation Index 2017 Report Now Available

The Global Innovation Index provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. Its 81 indicators explore a broad vision of innovation, including political environment, education, infrastructure and business...

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Entrepreneurial Framework Conditions Entrepreneurship doesn't take place in a vacuum — a whole host of factors determine how easy (or difficult) it is to start up. Our National Expert Survey (NES) looks at the national context in which individuals start...

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Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Attitudes

Not all entrepreneurs are alike. Our Adult Population Survey (APS) looks at the characteristics, motivations and ambitions of individuals starting businesses, as well as social attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Research from the Global Entrepreneurship...

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