The Brenthurst Foundation is at the frontier of new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa's economic performance.

Working at the invitation of African governments since 2004, our team is constantly engaged with a diverse range of experts, policy specialists and senior government officials with activities focused across three main areas:


We convene meetings, seminars and conferences that facilitate the exchange of experiences and insights between key decision-makers and experts from across the globe.


We identify and share international best practice with governments, addressing not just what to do but how to do it.


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


The Brenthurst Foundation was established by the Oppenheimer family in October 2004 to build on the work of the Brenthurst Initiative of 2003, a programme that instigated debate in South Africa around policy strategies to accelerate economic expansion.

Today the debate continues, driven by the sharing of ideas and information. Since its inception the Foundation has regularly brought together the world's leading thinkers and practitioners - from finance ministers and military chiefs to renowned scholars and UN officials - to consider ways to enhance the continent's economic growth and development.


The Tswalu Dialogue is the premier African forum for discussing development and security-related issues. Established in 2002 and hosted by Jonathan and Jennifer 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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