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

The time has come for democratic Africa

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo’s famous dictum was applied to American political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s thesis in early 1989, as pro-democracy movements faced down authoritarian regimes across the world, that history had come to an end.

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.


Democratic Republic of Congo: Growth for All? Challenges and Opportunities for a New Economic Future

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.

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

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