The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme is a policy research and stakeholder engagement programme to strengthen the influence of pro-poor African coalitions at global economic governance fora.
The second phase of the programme started in March 2016 and will be implemented over a period of three years until March 2019. The programme is expected to contribute to creating an international system of global economic governance, which works better for the poor in Africa through:
- Undertaking substantial research into critical policy areas and helping South African policy makers to prepare policy papers for the South African government to present at global economic governance platforms
- Ensuring that African views are considered, knowledge is shared and shared perspectives are developed through systematic engagement with African governments and regional organisations, think-tanks, academic institutions, business organisations and civil society
- Disseminating and communicating research and policy briefs to a wider audience via mass media and digital channels in order to create an informed and active policy community on the continent
The programme is structured into 3 theme areas in order to ensure focus and results. Themes were prioritised in consultation with South African and African policy makers, think-tanks and academics.
- Theme 1: Development finance for sustainable and inclusive economic growth and the role of infrastructure investment and development assistance in Africa
- Theme 2: Tax and Transparency
- Theme 3: International trade and Regional Integration
All three selected themes are expected to lead to a positive impact on poverty reduction, contribute to dialogue on global economic governance and lead to African policy positions being presented and achieved in GEG fora.
Funding and management
GEG Africa is funded by the UK Department for International Development and is managed by a consortium of one South African think tank and two consulting firms: DNA Economics, the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Tutwa Consulting Group. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.
Why GEG Africa?
Accelerated levels of global economic connectivity have necessitated greater co-ordination and co-operation between developed and developing countries. One of the important avenues through which such co-operation and co-ordination take place is global economic governance (GEG) fora. However, the historically skewed balance of power in GEG fora has too often led to developing countries having a limited voice and negligible influence on the outcomes. This challenge is particularly acute for African countries, due to the relatively small size of their economies and their internal capacity constraints. Yet the scale of poverty and developmental needs in Africa requires Africa to be at the forefront of informing decisions at GEG fora.
Through evidence-based research on topics relevant to the continent; facilitating stakeholder engagement between African governments and institutions and the various sectors of society; and by disseminating research and policy recommendations strategically through media and policy windows, the programme ensures that pro-poor policies are better represented at global economic fora and the African policy environment is strengthened.
Contact & Feedback
For more information or to provide feedback on any aspect of the programme, contact the Programme Management Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org