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The Brenthurst Foundation is on the frontier of new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa's economic performance.

  • 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

Book launch - 'Why States Recover'

Greg Mills, the director of Brenthurst Foundation, will launch his new book, 'Why States Recover', on 30 July 2013 at 18h30. The event will take place at Villa Arcadia in Johannesburg and in Cape Town the following day (31 July) at 18h00 at Kalk Bay Books. The third book launch will take place in Durban on 1 August 2014 at the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry at 10h30.

History didn’t end in Africa: Ideas and Ideologies shaping Africa’s future

The Brenthurst Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung will host a High-Level Roundtable on the theme ‘History didn’t end in Africa: Ideas and Ideologies shaping Africa’s future’ at Villa la Collina, Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy, 20-23 July 2014.



Analysis: Why states recover

Why, and how, do so-called ‘failing’ states recover? Countries are quick to respond to emergency situations, or to engage militarily, driven often by their own domestic political considerations.

Colombia’s Lessons for Africa: Op-ed by H.E. Pierre Buyoya, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Greg Mills

This month a team of distinguished African political leaders, civil officials and military experts visited Colombia on behalf of the Brenthurst Foundation to learn how this country has beaten back a criminal insurgency, begun to address its historical legacy of uneven development and unequal prosperity, and set its people on a path to peace.


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