The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme was created to strengthen the influence of pro-poor African coalitions at global economic governance fora through policy research and stakeholder engagement.
The programme was borne from the UK’s recognition that African voices and views need to be heard at global economic governance fora. To this end, the programme has successfully partnered with South Africa, as a member of global fora such as G20, BRICS, UNGA and WTO as well regional fora like IORA, SACU and SADC in identifying a range of topics which serve Africa’s developmental objectives and contribute to the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The programme aimed to contribute to the creation of an international system of global economic governance, which works better for the poor in Africa. It aimed to do this by ensuring that African views and voices were considered and by creating dialogue platforms on global economic governance issues. Throughout its lifespan it recorded the following achievements:
- Over 30 research papers into critical policy areas and case studies from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe to help South African policymakers to prepare policy to present at global economic governance platforms.
- Some 31 stakeholder engagements held in Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Swaziland to ensure 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 an African and international audience via databases and digital channels in order to create an informed and active policy community on the continent.
The work of the programme focused on three thematic areas prioritised in consultation with South African and African policymakers, think tanks and academics.