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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

Book launch - 'Why States Recover'

Greg Mills, director of The Brenthurst Foundation, recently launched his new book, 'Why States Recover’. The events were held in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Guest speakers included former President of Nigeria and Brenthurst Foundation Chairman Olusegun Obasango, the former PM of Mozambique Luisa Dias Diago and Johnny Clegg, a South African musician and anthropologist.

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

The Brenthurst Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung co-hosted 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.

Publications

Speech by Honourable Edward Senzo Mchunu at book launch of 'Why States Recover'

"I need to salute Greg on his commitment to Africa, and his continual question trying to find ways in which we can turn the continent around for the better."

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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