Thought leadership - 2012

China in Africa

As China’s demand for resources has underpinned the growth of resource-based economies in many parts of the world, particularly in Africa and to a lesser degree in Australia, the Brenthurst Foundation partnered with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in a dialogue on China’s natural resource demand. The dialogue evaluated the future course of Chinese demand and the preparedness of resource-based economies for both short and long-term changes in this demand. The Dialogue led to a report titled Fuelling the Dragon: Natural Resources and China’s Development which was launched by Australia’s Foreign Minister at the Africa Down Under Conference in Perth Australia.

The Foundation conducted an extensive research project to investigate and compare the perceptions and experiences of Chinese traders in a systematic way across several African countries. Through nearly 200 in-depth interviews with Chinese traders in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia, and Angola, the study revealed a wealth of detail and insight not available in the wider ‘China in Africa’ narrative. Africa in Their Words: A study of Chinese traders in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia and Angola presents the findings of this survey.

Africa’s Third Liberation

One-quarter of the world’s youth population is projected to be from Africa by the year 2025, while eighty per cent of Africans are considered self-employed. These statistics illustrate the pressing need for Africans and African governments to translate strong economic growth into lasting employment benefits. Africa’s Third Liberation: The New Search for Jobs and Prosperity argues that the continent needs an economic liberation towards policies that will generate improved living standards for a majority of Africans.

Co-authored by the Foundation’s director Greg Mills and Jeffrey Herbst, the book is the product of extensive international field research, drawing on the economic growth lessons of countries as diverse as Dubai, Bangladesh and Israel. The first book launch was held in Cape Town, and attended by President Joyce Banda of Malawi and Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

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