PESA is an independent think-tank promoting regional integration in SADC and providing research on the political economy of development in Africa.
PESA was founded in 2015, under the leadership of Siya Biniza, and conceived of as the premier online resource for regional integration in SADC and economic development in Africa
PESA was borne out of the realisation that most Southern African governments’ development plans and industrial strategies have a national focus. The national emphasis in development planning is incompatible with the process of regional integration and the world of globalised capital and production; and ultimately undermines governments’ inability to consolidate private interests around national and regional development. At PESA we take a regional approach to find ways of stimulating the development of regional value-chains and encouraging regional industrialisation and development. Therefore, PESA aims to make regional integration accessible for various audiences and to mainstream regional integration in policy-making and in the discourse on economic growth and development.
PESA’s tradition of high-quality political economy research and analysis, began in our early years. Driven by one of the most defining challenges of post-colonial African development in the 21st century: how to maintain peace and find a path towards industrialisation, we have refined this tradition through our rigorous approach to finding policy solutions. In a time when nationalism and isolationism have become significant yet reactionary ideologies in response to the limits of capitalism and globalisation, PESA has remained committed to independent political economy research to promote pan-Africanism and regional cooperation in resolving policy challenges.
Our mission is providing accessible political economy analysis and policy solutions to promote SADC regional integration and sustainable development in Africa.
PESA’s research is commissioned by external partners including government agencies and departments, foundations, NGOs, private-sector firms and universities. PESA also welcomes philanthropic support from individuals and organisations that share our interests, values and vision. Philanthropic support and earnings from PESA’s commissioned research support internal thought leadership and publication on issues that are crucial to our mission and current policy debates, within the boundaries set by our clients and funders.