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.


The Brenthurst Foundation is honoured to announce the appointment of Mr Kgalema Motlanthe to our Advisory Board.

The Brenthurst Foundation is very pleased to welcome Saul Musker as the Machel-Mandela Fellow for 2017.

While Africa did not feature in the U.S. presidential campaign, it is important to ask what this new stance might mean for Africa. Veteran scholars and analysts from Africa discuss what the Trump presidency might mean for U.S.-Africa relations.

A video of James King, Africa & Middle East editor of The Banker, speaking with Terence McNamee at ARC 2016

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 Discussion Paper draws on some of the main arguments and insights to emerge from the Dialogue, with particular emphasis on the experience of city practitioners both in Africa and elsewhere.

In the 2014-15 Ebola crisis in West Africa the most affected countries were Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The experiences and lessons learnt must prepare all of us in Africa to be able to cope with any unforeseen natural disaster, epidemic or human disaster.

The second Australia-Africa Dialogue was held at the Royal Zambezi Lodge in Zambia from 11 to 14 September 2015, co-hosted by the Brenthurst Foundation and ASPI

An event hosted by the Brenthurst Foundation, and held on the banks of the Zambezi River, Zambia in May 2016

Like many African countries, Vietnam faced the challenge of a low-skilled labour force and widespread unemployment. This discussion paper by Professor Do Duc Dinh provides a detailed internal analysis of the reform process with a specific focus on the policy effects in manufacturing and industry.

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.

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