The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) was started in 2007 and is a high-level training programme in development economics aimed at building capacity in the South, particularly in Africa. APORDE’s aim is to train policymakers, researchers, academics and civil society representatives from Africa and other developing countries. APORDE 2022 will be 16th edition of the programme.

APORDE is an initiative of the South African department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (the dtic) and emanated from the need to stimulate training in development theory and policy that is critical of the mainstream orthodox approach. APORDE was administered for many years by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The dtic provides the funding towards this programme and Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is the implementing partner.

The APORDE scientific committee in charge of the programme’s academic rigor is composed of Christopher Cramer (University of London, SOAS), Ha-Joon Chang (Cambridge University), Fiona Tregenna (University of Johannesburg), Nicolas Pons-Vignon (SUPSI University), Zukiswa Kimani (the dtic), Niki Cattaneo (Rhodes University) and Saul Levin (TIPS).