Capacity building for IERI is a necessary component in redressing the apartheid legacy of underdevelopment. The creative and intellectual strengths of all South African's are required in the tasks of reconstruction and development. As such, the target group which IERI is most concerned with building capacities with are those designated as Black, Women and the differentially-able categories. IERI offers previously disadvantaged people access to vital research experience and exposure to the policy environment through employment in research projects. This ensures intergenerational learning whilst also providing incomes to students from the Faculty of Economics and Finance.
Through this orientation and the creation of these necessary human resources, IERI assists the public and private sector to understand, manipulate and obtain benefits from knowledge intensive products and services. It also contributes to the building of a professional cadre of efficient system administrators who are charged with the responsibilities of ensuring the delivery and implementation public good benefits.
IERI is committed to competency development which derives from coupling experiential learning with theorising capabilities. Trans-disciplinarity and the convergence between strategic and tactical objectives increases the challenges of knowledge management. The decade of freedom has expanded the experiential base of policy activists. IERI provides an academic setting which is geared towards providing intellectual tools to translate these experiences into knowledge products and services.