An independent, not-for-profit and Africa-based think-tank and consultancy - committed to research, insights and thought-leadership on the Continent’s politics, democracy, trade, 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 providing insights, analysis and perspectives on South Africa, and its place in Africa and the world.

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


We are honoured to be appointed a "Friend of Liliesleaf": to help create greater awareness of the work of the Liliesleaf Trust and its brand; to promote the importance of the Trust’s work, collections and their presentation to various communities; to fundraise for its various activities, maintenance and improvement of facilities and services; and to help introduce technology to enhance visitor experiences.

Liliesleaf is tucked-away in the leafy suburb of Rivonia, Johannesburg, South Africa. It was once the nerve centre of South Africa's liberation movement against apartheid, and a hideout and a place of refuge for its leaders.

Liliesleaf is synonymous with the famous Rivonia Trial, named after the Rivonia suburb where leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) were arrested (and documents discovered) on Liliesleaf Farm, privately-owned by Arthur Goldreich, on 11 July 1963. Among others, Nelson Mandela had moved onto the farm in October 1961 and evaded security police while masquerading as a gardener and cook called David Motsamayi (meaning "the walker").

A refurbished Liliesleaf opened to the public in June 2008 and is a tribute to the many lives that changed the political landscape of South Africa.



 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






Carol Paton
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Pieter-Louis Myburgh
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Eric Kingsbury
Eric Kingsbury @ericmkingsbury I will never stop being angry about this. I will never forget how frightened I was when my most intelligent Econ pr… t.co/Y3xsPP3Kev Retweeted by Africa Insights Reply Retweet Favourite 16 Sep