Political Economy Southern Africa (PESA) is a political economy think tank focused on regional integration in SADC, and Africa more broadly. We believe regional integration is a crucial element in overcoming the “triple threat” of unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa. We advance knowledge that enhances the developmental impact of regional economic governance in favour of African development.
Our vision is to make African regionalism and the political economy universally accessible and influence governance in favour of African development.
We advance knowledge that enhances the developmental impact of regionalism in the SADC region, and other regions in Africa, by providing meaningful and impactful political economy research. We provide intuitive analysis, effective advisory, and advocacy to influence governance in favour of African development. Our purpose is to enable the socioeconomic emancipation of Africans; or to at least enhance the options available for Africans’ life decisions.
The PESA Team
PESA is run by a flexible and competent team of Managers, Communication Officers, Research Associates, Regional Analysts and Visual Media Analysts. To find out more about the PESA Team, click here.
At PESA we focus on three areas of work, namely Economic Research, Government Relations, and Public Policy and Advocacy.
- Economic Research: Our economic research is grounded in political economy analysis which allows us to provide an accurate account and understanding of African development by unpacking the nexus of politics and economics.
- Government Relations: We enable high-impact partnerships and swift resolution to African development obstacles by advising private companies and NGOs on the best strategies engage the relevant authorities.
- Public Policy & Advocacy: Our work is completed by PESA taking a stance on socioeconomic issues, influencing the transformation of discourse, and advocating for African development.
Change requires a nuanced and holistic approach to development. At PESA we take a regional approach to research and promote African development in order to enable mutually beneficial intra- and interregional relations. We do this through a long-term and multi-pronged strategy based on the PESA Theory of Change.
PESA Theory of Change
The PESA Theory of Change places strong emphasis on institutions and institutional capacity, the political economy of regional development, and trade-offs between regional and national interest. This is the basis of our understanding of regional integration in SADC and Africa. Although we focus on SADC, our analysis involves synthesising and deconstructing of broader knowledge on regional institutions across the continent.