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Thabo is an Editing and Research Specialist at Political Economy Southern Africa.

Thabo Thandokuhle Sacolo

Thabo is a Senior Analyst at PESA, an independent research think-tank advancing knowledge that enables regional integration in SADC and to developing policies for a secure, prosperous and unified Africa. Thabo joined PESA in 2018 and helped the organisation become the premier resource for political economy analysis, regional integration and policy dialogues in SADC.

As a Senior Analyst, Thabo focuses on providing accessible research and analysis contributing policy solutions to promote SADC regional integration and sustainable development in Africa. He also represents PESA in Policy Dialogues across SADC. A champion of PESA’s vision, Thabo has co-authored a number of publications and his expertise is focused on Minerals and Energy and the Kingdom of eSwatini. He has an insightful understanding of political economy and regional integration.

Thabo is an Economist specialising in applied economics, environmental economics and agricultural economist. His research interests are in choice modelling, natural resource management, agricultural development, trade, and energy. He has worked in academia and research think tanks. Thabo received his B.Sc. from the University of eSwatini, and his M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and PhD in Environmental Economics from the University of Pretoria.
Climate Change and Adaptation in SADC

Climate Change and Adaptation in SADC

The April 2020 issue focuses on assessing the impact of climate change and evaluating the effectiveness of regional systems and national responses to the crisis in SADC – What is ...
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Trade and Regional Integration in SADC

Trade and Regional Integration in SADC

The November 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of trade performance in SADC – What are the levels of intra-regional trade in SADC? What are the main goods traded ...
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Youth Unemployment and Empowerment in SADC

Youth Unemployment and Empowerment in SADC

The July 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of youth empowerment in SADC - What is the current state of youth unemployment and youth development in SADC? How do ...
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Public Debt and Government Finances in SADC

Public Debt and Government Finances in SADC

The April 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of public debt in SADC and what needs to be done to retain debt sustainability in the future - Why do ...
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Political Conflict and Development in SADC

Political Conflict and Development in SADC

The January 2019 issue focuses on the history of conflict and political instability in SADC, and its impact on economic growth and development - What is the overall history of political ...
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Thabo has also published some work in peer-reviewed journals. See some of his most recent works below:

  • Sacolo, T., Mohammed, M. & Dlamini, T. 2018. ‘Evolution of Trade in eSwatini from 1968 to 2015: A Developmental Perspective’, African Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 10, Issue 2. Available At: https://www.ajol.info/.
  • Sacolo, T. & Magongo, T. 2018. ‘The Economic Costs of Electrical Power Outages in eSwatini’, African Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 10, Issue 2. Available At: https://www.ajol.info/.
  • Sacolo, T. & Zikalala, M. 2018. ‘Quantifying the Size and Trends of the Shadow Economy in the Kingdom of eSwatini’, African Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 10, Issue 2. Available At: https://www.ajol.info/.
  • Sacolo, T. & Adiboye, B. 2017. ‘Are Long-Held Beliefs and Taboos on Recycled Water Reducing in Southern Africa?’, Wate Policy, Vol. 19, Issue 6. Available At: https://doi.org/.
  • Sacolo, T., Kalaba, M. & Kirsten, J. 2016. ‘Non-Tariff Measures Affecting Agricultural Trade in SADC’, Agrekon, Vol. 55, Issue 4. Available At: https://doi.org/.

 

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