Blueprint is a consulting service providing research, advice and support in economic, public sector and private sector strategy and policy development in Southern Africa. Work is focussed on the research and development of effective strategies and policies for multinational firms in industry, government and parastatals concerned with industry and biodiversity and socio economic and spatial/environmental planning services linked with economic development projects and programmes. Familiar with the problems and opportunities that arise in various African settings (e.g., rural communities, towns and cities), Blueprint works in the design, development, management and evaluation of policies, programmes and strategies that promote economic, environmental and social development at local, national and international levels. Blueprint also works extensively in the SADC in the area of investment promotion, investor matchmaking, and programme and project development, as well as the development and implementation of appropriate communications and engagement strategies where relevant and as part of specific strategy programme and project briefs.
The company, which began in 1992, has been successfully working from its South African bases for over 20 years. It has offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Mpumalanga, the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Currently it is working on various projects which include the development of South Africa’s rhino protection strategy, the development of business and government partnerships in 6 provinces, the building of international and regional growth strategies for specific multinational South African base firms, a major poverty alleviation programme in the Eastern Cape, and the finalisation of a Gender strategy for South African women, through enterprise empowerment, in conjunction with the ILO and the dti. The company is also working with a consortium of international investors seeking investment in particular areas and sectors of South Africa.
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Josie Rowe Setz
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Her areas of expertise include industrial research, strategy formulation, building and implementation planning, and policy development for heavy manufacturing industry and mining. She has worked with most of South Africa's multinational firms on strategic research and mid to long term business strategy development and implementation planning, as well as extensively with the SA government and parastatals on strategies for supporting South African industry sectors and rendering them truly competitive.
As part of her strategy work, Josie is an experienced consultation facilitator and researcher. She has implemented national consultative processes in the development of South Africa's new national Rhino strategy, South Africa's new Gender Strategy, and in the development of various industrial stimulation strategies, including a revision of the Industrial Development Strategy for the country of Ghana, inter alia. She is an accredited research assessor for the EU CAGE programme, guest lectures on Competitiveness on various undergraduate and post graduate University programmes, and has undertaken extensive work in conflict identification and management with the UN, as well as conflict resolution, diversity management and group dynamics management at the post graduate level.
She is currently engaged in the development of growth strategies for multi-national South African firms in the Steel, Cement and Packaging industries, and is working with COGTA on the development of business/government project development. Her current focus is on work building South Africa's competitive capability, at the company, sector, provincial (spatial) and national levels . She has a special pro bono interst in African Women's Economic Empowerment.
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