THE BRENTHURST FOUNDATION

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.

News

A video of the discussion, hosted by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at National Defense University, to assess relevant lessons from the Colombian experience for Africa.

View the the video of Author Greg Mills speaking to Polity's Sashnee Moodley about his co-authored book - A Great Perhaps? Colombia: Conflict and Convergence.

Searching for explanations, or excuses for failure, will not get South Africa's stalled economy moving. Whoever, and whatever, is at fault, there are five strategic requirements for reforms to address the overriding need to create not only more, but better jobs.

Experts have warned that without urgent repairs the Kariba Dam risks collapse, unleashing a 'tsunami' of water through the Zambezi Valley

Greg Mills describes the impact of decades of coups and unrest in South Africa's fractious neighbour.

Tazara railway can be turned around, though it will require dollops of political will to do so. At first, it will necessitate a recognition that its current state is not 'fixed', even though it suits several key actors to keep it down and out.

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

Publications

This latest paper focuses on the main themes to emerge from the 2016 Tswalu Dialogue hosted by the Brenthurst Foundation in conjunction with the British Peace Support Team, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Washington DC-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

This Discussion Paper by the Foundation's Director examines Indonesia's emergence as a potential economic powerhouse in Asia following decades of military dictatorship and epic corruption. With a population of 240 million, Indonesia is predicted by many to soon enter the ranks of the world's ten largest economies, provided it makes the right policy interventions.

An examination of Singapore's rise from a fragile, poor backwater in southeast Asia in the 1960s to iconic global economic star, which today boasts a GDP per capita ten per cent higher than its former colonial master, the UK.

This Discussion Paper traces Brazil's difficult path from military rule to faltering global economic power. Based on field research in Brazil in late 2015, the authors pin-point several telling success stories.

The first Brenthurst Discussion Paper for 2016 suggests a number of ways the catalytic power of Africa's swing states could be harnessed for the betterment of their regions, the continent and the world.

Mexico is proving that manufacturing does not have to be a race to the bottom of the cheap wage pile. It also shows that effective trade policy trumps industrial policy. Hopefully these two principal lessons were absorbed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during his visit to Mexico in October this year.



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