About PESA

PESA is an independent think-tank promoting regional integration in SADC and providing research on the political economy of development in Africa.

PESA’s central activities are political economy research and analysis, regional integration monitoring and promotion, and dialogue facilitation on relevant political economy issues.

PESA undertakes research and analysis on a commissioned basis in collaboration with external funders and partners, or as internal thought leadership and publishing. PESA research and analysis is grounded in political economy methods and draws on the internal expertise of our team in Agriculture and Rural Transformation, Minerals and Energy, Manufacturing and Trade, Services and Trade, and Governance and Civic Participation and a number of related fields. Our team consists of qualified experts with strong technical capacity in economic and political science research and analysis. Our team’s experience grounds their understanding of the policy environment and the political will of governments in the SADC region.

Our Focus

PESA’s work is focused in the following areas:

Political EconomyPolitical Economy: We provide political economy research on each SADC country and a selection of other African countries, which allows us to provide accurate and balanced analysis. We analyse economic growth and government finances; trade and regional integration; and the balance of payments and foreign direct investment (FDI) position for each country.


Regional IntegrationRegional Integration: We provide thematic research and updates on the status of regional integration and development in SADC. We assess major developments in the region; provide an overview of sectoral and industry opportunities in the region; and evaluate regional policy-making and implementation.


Policy DialoguesPolicy Dialogues: We regularly engage in, or facilitate, public dialogues on economic and other public policy challenges facing SADC countries and the rest of the continent. Our group of experts provide research-based policy solutions to promote regional integration and we contribute to the discourse on African development through documentaries, media engagements and public dialogues.


History and Mission

Our mission is providing accessible political economy analysis and policy solutions to promote SADC regional integration and sustainable development in Africa.

History & Mission


Vision and Values

Our vision is to advance knowledge that enables regional integration in SADC and to develop policy for a secure, prosperous and unified Africa.

Vision & Values


Our Team

Our team’s competency and experience set us apart.

Meet the Team


Careers at PESA

We look for an inquiring mind with attention to detail.

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PESA Board of Directors

Siyaduma Biniza

Siya is the Executive Director at PESA.

Sinethemba Ntezo

Sinethemba Ntezo, CA (SA) is the Financial Director at PESA.

Michelle Livie

Michelle Livie is the Non-Executive Director: Development at PESA.

Riaz Tayob

Riaz Tayob is the Non-Executive Director: Strategic Partnerships at PESA.

Mpumelelo Tshabalala

Mpumi Tshabalala is the Non-Executive Director: Legal at PESA.

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Please complete the General Enquiry form and submit it to us for a response. Please use the subject “Media” for all media-related requests.


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