About the Brenthurst Foundation

The Brenthurst Foundation is on the frontier of new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa's economic performance. Our activities are focused in three areas: encouraging key decision-makers and experts to share experiences and insights at private meetings and seminars; delivering relevant, practical policy advice to governments; and generating new thinking and thought-leadership to address Africa's development challenges.

At the invitation of African governments, we work in the full spectrum of countries: from those emerging from conflict to those diversifying their economic activities. The Foundation was established with the specific aim to tackle not only the key 'what to do' questions but, in particular, the more difficult challenge of 'how to do it'. Often in collaboration with both African and non-African organisations, the Foundation identifies and shares international best policy practice - then seeks to turn good advice into effective, implementable policy.

  • Events: encouraging key decision-makers and experts to share experiences and insights at private meetings and seminars
  • Policy advice: delivering relevant, practical policy advice to African governments and their international partners
  • Thought leadership: conducting research and generating new thinking to address Africa's development challenges.

News and events

2014 Tswalu Dialogue: End of an Era of Intervention? Lessons for a New Generation of Peace Missions

The 2014 Tswalu Dialogue was held from the 17 to 19 October at the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. This year's Dialogue focused on the future of peacekeeping missions and international interventions, drawing on recent experiences in Africa and other parts of the world.

London Book Launch – ‘Why States Recover’

Greg Mills, Director of the Brenthurst Foundation, recently launched his latest book, 'Why States Recover: Changing Walking Societies into Winning Nations - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe' (Hurst) in London on 10 October 2014.


No End of Lessons? Dien Bien Phu 60 years on

Sixty years ago today, on 9 October 1954, Viet Minh troops which had fought and defeated France’s colonial forces at Dien Bien Phu entered Hanoi – the capital of French Indochina

Is it Time for Open Borders in Southern Africa? The case for free labour movement in SADC

Migration experts have long established the economic benefits – more trade, greater entrepreneurship, fewer skills shortages – of free movement of persons, including labour. Some regions of Africa, notably East and West Africa, are taking bold steps to remove barriers and open up borders.

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