Our work comprises:

  • 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.


Despite a (sort of) peace for the last 15 years and oodles of international advice, training and finance to patch up its government and ethnically integrate its armed forces after decades of pogroms

This Africa Day, Australia should take stock of the progress the continent has made in the past decade, but also reassess how it can help in areas like counterterrorism, sport and the arts

The AAD is a joint initiative of the Australia Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Brenthurst Foundation in South Africa.

The journal of the US Centre for Complex Operations, PRISM, devoted its latest issue to the discussions and papers presented at the Tswalu Dialogue. Below is an excerpt from the Introduction to the special issue by the Editor, Michael Miklaucic.

This book is the outcome of a project conceived in 2011 by the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation and the Lago-based Tony Elumelu Foundation.

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.


Ethiopia is rising. Over the last decade, it has been the fastest growing economy in Africa. The Ethiopian government has driven growth through a range of infrastructural investments - rail and air transport, hydro-electricity and a national fibre optic cable scheme, to name some of the biggest

'How South Africa Works' examines the road to a higher growth path for the economy and, critically, for South Africa's employment prospects.

Drawing on research and interviews conducted in Somalia during a recent visit to the country, Greg Mills and Dickie Davis examine the mood of cautious optimism amongst Somalis and their international partners.

This Discussion Paper offers a diagnosis of Congo's economic governance and recommendations for change. It was prepared in support of the Congo Dialogue hosted by The Brenthurst Foundation and Afrique Avenir Congo at Park Place, Johannesburg on 17 to 18 September 2014.

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.

Based on recent research in Vietnam, Greg Mills and Anthony Arnott revisit the story of Dien Bien Phu and assess its relevance to today's greatest security challenge.

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