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 Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme engages with key stakeholders, to ensure that African views are included in our research and that our findings are widely disseminated and discussed. Our events include scoping workshops with African policy makers, business representatives and multilateral institutions, study groups to consult on policy recommendations and positions and representation, and media activities around GEG fora such as BRICS and G20 summits.

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  • Date Monday, 12 November 2012
  • Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates

12-14 November - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Summit on the Global Agenda is the world’s largest brainstorming meeting, aimed at shaping the global agenda by bringing together the most relevant thought leaders of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. The Councils, comprised of experts from academia, business, civil society and government, address over 80 pressing issues facing the world today.

At the Summit on the Global Agenda, over 800 Members of the Network will engage in interactive workshops and sessions to provide comprehensive insight into the global, industry and regional agendas. Recognizing the great transformations businesses, economies and societies are currently facing, participants at this year’s Summit will focus on how to transform new models into collaborative, sustained processes, which drive solutions for a greener and socially more inclusive world.

Read more on the official website.

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  • Date Sunday, 04 November 2012
  • Location Mexico City, Mexico

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 nations will meet. Participation of the OECD Secretary-General. 

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  • Date Wednesday, 31 October 2012
  • Location Southern Sun Pretoria, Cnr. Steve Biko (Beatrix) and Pretorius Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria

Although the G20 faces numerous challenges and limitations, it remains a pivotal body in advancing global economic governance, and holds significant opportunities for South Africa. This was the message of Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Daniel Mminele, in his keynote address to the South African Institute of International Affair's G20 Study Group. The Deputy Governor provided a comprehensive overview of the G20 and South Africa's role in the global body, and gave an insider's view of the future challenges and opportunities awaiting the G20. His speech can be accessed at the end of this article.

The Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) held a seminar entitled ‘Values in Global Economic Governance: Do India, Brazil, and South Africa Share a Common Vision?’ on Tuesday, 30 October 2012.

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  • Date Monday, 29 October 2012
  • Location Kigali

The specific objectives of the African Economic Conference (AEC) are:

To promote knowledge management as an important driver of policy dialogue, good policy planning and implementation;To foster and promote innovative thinking among researchers, development; practitioners and African policymakers;To encourage and enhance research on economic and policy issues related to the development of African economies;To provide an opportunity for Africans in the Diaspora, and in regional and sub-regional organizations to send out their research findings as well as share information with African policy makers on the work they do in the region.

With these objectives, and as have been demonstrated during the past six annual Conferences, the AEC has become a major forum that brings together leading academics and development practitioners from across the globe towards fostering dialogue and exchange of knowledge that contributes to the search for solutions to the development challenges of Africa.

The World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in India of top thought leaders and decisionmakers from government, industry and civil society will
convene for the first time as the World Economic Forum on India under the working theme of “From Deliberation to Transformation”. After an intense year of national debate, the meeting will be an opportunity to outline a blueprint for a post-crisis India that can be a new model of pragmatic, practical and effective governance, rebuilding trust both in the region and in society to link leadership with livelihood.

The Forum will meet on 06-08 November.

Visit the official website for more information.


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  • Date Friday, 12 October 2012
  • Location Japan

The Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group each year bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world's financial system.

This year's Annual Meetings events will take place in Tokyo, October 9-14, 2012.

Visit the official website for more information.

You can also view some of these resources.

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  • Date Saturday, 08 September 2012
  • Location Vladivostok, Russia

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC was established in 1989 to enhance economic growth and prosperity for the region and to strengthen the Asia-Pacific community.

For more information, visit the official website.

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  • Date Monday, 06 August 2012
  • Location Irene Lodge, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa

UPDATE: See the presentations, report and video interviews from the seminar here.

Following South Africa’s accession to the BRICS club in 2011, there has been sustained interest in what this actually means for South Africa’s participation in global economic governance, especially the G20, and its African agenda.

At this seminar working papers will be presented focusing on: South Africa’s interests in the BRICS grouping in relation to its G20 strategy; the interests of the BRICs members in the G20 and in South Africa as an ‘alliance partner’ in that forum; and whether South Africa can utilize the BRICS ‘power potential’ to further its own strategic interests within the G20. A sub-them to be explored is the importance of South Africa’s regional/ continental role to its BRICs partners in relation to the substantive input South Africa can make to reforming global economic governance.

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  • Date Monday, 16 July 2012
  • Location Khabarovsk, Russia

Ministers of natural resources and heads of subordinate agencies and services on environmental protection from APEC economies will meet to consider many important issues, such as biodiversity and the protection of cultural heritage sites, rational use of resources, sustainable use of natural resources, combating trans-border pollution of the environment and mitigation of climate change, biodiversity and green growth.

Read more on the official website.

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  • Date Saturday, 14 July 2012
  • Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organized by the AU Commission, in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

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  • Date Monday, 09 July 2012
  • Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The focus of the 19th African Union summit will be "Boosting Intra-African Trade".

You can read more on the AU website

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  • Date Thursday, 07 June 2012
  • Location University of Pretoria, South Africa

The South African Institute of International Affairs, in collaboration with The International Development Law Unit in the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, invites you to a G20 Study Group Discussion on G20: The Road to Los Cabos.

To be addressed by H.E. Héctor Valezzi, Ambassador of Mexico to South Africa and Mr Alan Hirsch, Director General of Policy Coordination in the Presidency.

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