About PESA

Political Economy Southern Africa is a political economy think tank focused on SADC regionalisation and African development. Since the beginning, our goal has been to advance knowledge that enhances the developmental impact of regional economic governance in favour of African development. Regional integration is a crucial element in overcoming the “triple threat” of unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa.


Providing accessible political economy analysis and solutions that enable African development and regional integration.


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 in their daily lives.


The PESA Team

PESA is run by a flexible and competent team of Managers who work with a full complement of Communication Experts, Research Associates and Regional Analysts. To find out more about the PESA Team, click on the image on the left.

Focus Areas

At PESA we focus on three areas of work, namely Economic Research, Government Relations, and Public Policy and Advocacy. Below is a brief description of our focus areas:

  • 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.