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Policy Research in International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM) is a research and policy unit located within the School of Economics. PRISM provides a lens to focus research and policy work broadly on issues of globalization, trade and industrialization. It is home to a number of related research activities, projects and programmes focused around the following issues: globalisation; global value chains; industrialisation; industrial policy; international trade; foreign investment; the defence industry; governance and economic policy; commodities and resource based industrialisation; infrastructure development; knowledge intensive services and innovation; employment intensive growth; international competitiveness of firms and clusters; China's economic impact on Africa; regulatory frameworks for trade, services and sectors; the distributional gains of industrial growth; the green economy. Another feature of PRISM's work is its applied focus, responding to economic policy questions issues in South Africa, the rest of Africa and beyond. 

Picture taken in Ghana by Professor Anthony Black Photo taken by Anthony Black

Photo Description: PhD student Betty-Ann Ananeh-Frempong and PRISM director, Anthony Black, visited Ghana earlier this year to conduct interviews for a project examining the linkages between the gold mining industry and the development of suppliers. This photo is of Obuasi High Street. The town of Obuasi is the site of one of Ghana’s oldest and largest goldmines. But, judging by the town’s dilapidated infrastructure, the immediate region has seen little benefit from mining revenues.   

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