The Brenthurst Foundation
Strengthening Africa's
economic performance

New ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa's economic performance.

We facilitate policy conversations.

Our team engages with experts, policy specialists, and senior government officials in Africa and beyond. Our activities focus on:

Private events

We convene meetings, seminars and conferences to facilitate the exchange of experiences and insights. With our unique network, we are able to facilitate vibrant discussions between key decision-makers and experts.

Policy advice

We identify and share international best practice with governments, addressing not just what to do but how to do it. Our wide experience across different African countries affords us unique insights.

Thought leadership

Drawing on our global network of analysts we undertake research and develop new thinking to address Africa’s challenges and support economic transformation.

We work at the invitation of African governments.

Born in 2004, the Brenthurst Foundation was established by the Oppenheimer family to build on the work of the Brenthurst Initiative of 2003. This was a programme that instigated debate around policy strategies in South Africa to accelerate economic expansion. The debate continues across the continent, driven by the sharing of ideas, data, and experiences.

The Brenthurst Foundation is part of Oppenheimer Generations, a community consisting of a collection of autonomous but interconnected entities, each playing a critical and unique role to fulfil our long-term commitment of leaving our world better than how we found it.

Photo: Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer

We bring together policy-makers and policy-shapers.

Since its inception, the Foundation has regularly brought together the world's leading thinkers and practitioners to consider ways to enhance the continent's economic growth and development. We are fortunate to count these key players, from presidents and finance ministers to renowned scholars and UN officials, among our advisors and associates.

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The Tswalu Dialogue

The Tswalu Dialogue is the premier African forum for discussing development and security-related issues. It is our flagship event series.

Established in 2002 and hosted by Jonathan Oppenheimer at the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve in South Africa, the Tswalu Dialogue engages a mix of policy-makers, analysts, academia, civil and military personnel, media and businesspeople. Previously convened annually, today the Tswalu Dialogue convenes events up to three times a year.

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