An independent, not-for-profit and Africa-based think-tank and consultancy - committed to research, insights and thought-leadership on the Continent’s politics, power, democracy, security, leadership and governance.

We engage with governments, the private sector, think-tanks, academia and civil society in open debate and private discussions on some of the most significant developments in African affairs.

Open forum bringing together knowledgeable and influential panelists and audiences from government, business, academia and civil society to generate fresh thinking and new ideas, and to find solutions to the complex issues and risks facing Africa.

A series of short, thought-provoking interviews with opinion-makers, analysts and observers on politics, power, leadership, democracy, diplomacy and security in Africa.

  Independently conducted polls and surveys; producing insights, trends and perspectives on topical issues.

Strategic Partners

IGD is an independent South African-based foreign policy think-tank dedicated to the analysis of, and dialogue on the evolving international political and economic environment and the role of Africa and South Africa. It advances a balanced, relevant and policy-oriented analysis, debate and documentation of South Africa’s role in international relations and diplomacy. IGD is associated with the University of South Africa (UNISA).

The APRM is an instrument voluntarily acceded to by African Union member states meant to function as an African self-monitoring mechanism across four (4) primary thematic areas: Democracy & Good Political Governance; Economic Governance & Management; Socio-Economic Development; and Corporate Governance. APRM’s primary purpose is to foster the adoption of appropriate laws, policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development, and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration. 


The Africa Insight Tank will be hosting a series of Conversations in the run-up to the 10th BRICS Summit, hosted by South Africa from 25 - 27 July 2018.

Event Calendar

South Africa: Nexus between the BRICS and Africa?
In the context of South Africa’s all-encompassing foreign policy doctrine, BRICS’ membership was a major achievement for the country’s diplomacy. It promised to elevate the country to a league in global...   More

Can South Africa represent Africa's interest in BRICS?

  Yes   No

E Daniel Kinnear, Senior Executive Associate at the Africa Insights Think-Tank, spoke to Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs prior to the 5th BRICS Summit hosted by South Africa from 26-27 March 2013 in Durban. Jim O’Neill coined the acronym BRICs in 2001 and it has become a near ubiquitous financial term, shaping how a generation of investors, financiers and policymakers view the emerging markets.

Almost 5 years since the interview, O’Neill’s views on BRICS, and on South Africa’s membership, remain relevant. We publish a small part of that one hour conversation below.


 African Economic Outlook 2018

This year’s African Economic Outlook examines recent macroeconomic development and structural changes in Africa, and outlines the 2018 prospects (Part I). It then focuses on the need to develop Africa’s infrastructure, and recommends new strategies and innovative financing instruments for countries to consider, depending on their level of development and specific circumstances (Part II). Source: www.afdb.org

The Global State of Democracy 2017

Democratization processes over the last four decades have created many opportunities for public participation in political life. More people today live in electoral democracies than ever before. However, numerous countries grapple with challenges to democracy, contributing to the perception that democracy is in ‘decline’ or has experienced ‘reversals’ or ‘stagnation’. Some of these challenges relate to issues of corruption, money in politics and policy capture, inequality and social exclusion, migration or post-conflict transition to democracy. Many leaders and democratic actors continue to manipulate democratic processes and institutions, which often contributes to democratic backsliding in their respective countries.Source: www.idea.int 

The Positive Peace Report  2017

The 2017 Positive Peace Report outlines a new approach to societal development through the application of Positive Peace and systems thinking. Positive Peace is defined as the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. The same factors that create peace also lead to many other positive outcomes that societies aspire to, such as thriving economies, better inclusion, high levels of resilience and societies that are more capable of adapting to change. Therefore, Positive Peace can be described as creating an optimum environment in which human potential can flourish. Source: www.economicsandpeace.org 

The Global Risks Report 2018

Last year’s Global Risks Report was published at a time of heightened global uncertainty and rising popular discontent with the existing political and economic order. The report called for “fundamental reforms to market capitalism” and a rebuilding of solidarity within and between countries. One year on, the urgency of facing up to these challenges has, if anything, intensified. Economic growth is picking up, but 2017 was a year of widespread uncertainty, instability and fragility. Source: www.weforum.org 

The Inclusive Development Index 2018

Slow progress in living standards, and widening inequality, have contributed to political polarization and erosion of social cohesion in many advanced and emerging economies. This has led to the emergence of a worldwide consensus on the need for a more inclusive and sustainable model of growth and development that promotes high living standards for all. Source: www.weforum.org 

The Financial Secrecy Index 2018

Ranks jurisdictions according to their secrecy and the scale of their offshore financial activities. A politically neutral ranking, it is a tool for understanding global financial secrecy, tax havens or secrecy jurisdictions, and illicit financial flows or capital flight. The index was launched on January 30, 2018. Source: www.financialsecrecyindex.com






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