Southern Africa

Research on southern Africa focuses on policies for generating inclusive and diversified economic growth to tackle inequality, strengthening regional security, consolidating democracy, and adapting to environmental change.

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Africa Programme activities on southern Africa focus on policies for generating inclusive and diversified economic growth to tackle inequality, strengthening regional security, consolidating democracy, and adapting to environmental change.

Research events and publications are informed by inclusive engagement with policy makers, investors, businesses, civil society, and media to build a greater understanding of the political economy of southern Africa, produce nuanced analysis and generate policy impact.

The Africa Programme’s work on Angola analyses current and emerging trends in the country's politics and international relations.

An inclusive process of engagement with economic stakeholders in Zimbabwe is facilitating discussion towards a long term economic strategy. A conference in Harare in 2017 built on two past projects focused on economic reform and international re-engagement that culminated into reports on The Domestic and External Implications of Zimbabwe’s Economic Reform and Re-engagement Agenda, published in 2016, and Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement: The Long Haul to Recovery, published in 2014.

Our work on South Africa primarily focuses on the country’s regional and international political and commercial relations. In 2017, an Africa Programme publication discussed the drivers for South Africa’s Economic Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa, and South African Minister of Trade Rob Davies outlined the country’s regional trading ambitions, and their reactions to the UK’s Brexit negotiations.

A 2015 Africa Programme report Mozambique to 2018: Managers, Mediators and Magnates addressed the need for policy-makers to balance short-term needs of commercially competitive industries, with the social needs as well as the constitutional rights and expectations of the country’s citizens. 

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Zimbabwe Ahead of the Elections: Political and Economic Challenges

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Angola Forum 2018: 30th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale

Robert Mugabe is sworn in for another term in 2008. Photo: Getty Images.
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Mugabe’s Fall Is a Wake-Up Call for Africa’s Leaders

People celebrate Mugabe's resignation in Harare. Photo: Getty Images.
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Mugabe’s Departure Ushers in a Heady New Era for Zimbabwe

Xi Jinping arrives to a guard of honour in Harare in 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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How Influential Is China in Zimbabwe?

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Business Development in Madagascar: How to Enable Entrepreneurialism

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POSTPONED: Zimbabwe Futures 2025: Financial Sector Expansion and Policy Priorities

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South Africa's Foreign Policy: All Things to All States?

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Political Opposition and Policy Alternatives in Zambia

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi. Photo: Getty Images.
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Mozambique’s Stability Is Being Put to the Test

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Leadership and Governance in South Africa’s Democratic Development

Industrial complex for the production of galvanized roof sheets, Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Elk Arne Clausen/Getty Images.
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Size Matters: Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa

Industrial complex for the production of galvanized roof sheets, Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Elk Arne Clausen/Getty Images.
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Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

An oil and gas drilling rig operating in Angola comes to Walvis Bay, Namibia for maintenance. Photo: Getty Images.
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Angola’s New President Must Quickly Focus on Its Oil and Gas Future

Angola increasingly assesses that an indefinite delay to elections in Congo by Preisdent Joseph Kabila will be detrimental for long-term stability. Photo: Getty Images.
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The DRC Will Be the First Foreign Policy Priority for Angola’s New President

José Eduardo dos Santos in 1989. Photo: Getty Images.
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José Eduardo dos Santos: The Man Who Ended the War

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Zimbabwe’s Future: A New Opposition Perspective

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Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Mozambique: The Role of the Anglican Church

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Zimbabwe in Transition: Reform and Reconstruction

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Advancing Accountability and Constitutionalism in South Africa

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Industrial complex for the production of galvanized roof sheets, Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Elk Arne Clausen/Getty Images.
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Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

Residents walk through the busy Mbare flats, which comprise part of the oldest township in Zimbabwe, on the outskirts of the capital, Harare, on 9 October 2015. Photo: Mary Turner/Getty Images.
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The Domestic and External Implications of Zimbabwe’s Economic Reform and Re-engagement Agenda

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Review article: Continuity and change in Angola: insights from modern history

Photo: Louise Gubb/CORBIS SABA
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Mozambique to 2018: Managers, Mediators and Magnates

Zimbabwe's International Re-engagement
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Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement: The Long Haul to Recovery

Students from the local school head to class during the first of a two-day combined medical and dental civil assistance project in Hhohho Village, Swaziland. Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Lesley Waters, US Army Medical/Wiki Commons.
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Swaziland: Southern Africa's Forgotten Crisis

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Madagascar: Time to Make a Fresh Start

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Policies and Practicalities: Angola's Business Environment

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Angola's 2012 Elections: The View from the Opposition

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Angola: Celebrating Ten Years of Peace

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The Peace Dividend: Analysis of a Decade of Angolan Indicators, 2002–12

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Angola’s External Relations in Africa

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Fostering the Future: Promotion and Development of Angola's Financial System

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Angola: Assessing Risks to Stability

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UK-South Africa Relations and the Bilateral Forum

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Education in Angola: Partnership Opportunities for the UK

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India and South Africa as Partners for Development in Africa?

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Mozambique: Balancing Development, Politics and Security

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The Red Flag Rises: South Africa at the Crossroads

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Comoros: External Involvement in a Small Island State

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Zimbabwe Ahead of the Elections: Political and Economic Challenges

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Angola Forum 2018: 30th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale

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Business Development in Madagascar: How to Enable Entrepreneurialism

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POSTPONED: Zimbabwe Futures 2025: Financial Sector Expansion and Policy Priorities

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South Africa's Foreign Policy: All Things to All States?

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Political Opposition and Policy Alternatives in Zambia

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Leadership and Governance in South Africa’s Democratic Development

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Zimbabwe’s Future: A New Opposition Perspective

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Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Mozambique: The Role of the Anglican Church

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Zimbabwe in Transition: Reform and Reconstruction

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Advancing Accountability and Constitutionalism in South Africa

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Angola Forum 2017: Economic Diversification, Development and Strengthening Democracy

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Mine Action in Angola: The Role of the International Community

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Implications of Changing International Trade: The View from South Africa

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Zambia’s Financial Stability and Prospects for Growth

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Developing Energy Resources in Mozambique

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Democracy and Elections in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons Learned from 2016 and What to Expect in 2017

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Strengthening Angola's Banking System: The Role of the National Bank of Angola in Economic Recovery

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Namibia's Domestic Priorities and Regional Role: Drought, Development and Democratization

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Making Tourism Work for Africa: Building Capacity and Political Support

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