Alexander Forbes
Research Institute

About us and our work

The Alexander Forbes Thought Leadership Platform is a research tool created by the Alexander Forbes Research Institute. It provides an unbiased, collaborative framework for addressing the core socio-economic challenges that face South Africa as a country and Africa as a continent. 

Our work in the Alexander Forbes Research Institute connects the worlds of policymakers, think tanks and academics, employers and unions, boards of trustees and management committee members, product providers and, of course, the individuals whose interests this serves. This means we recognise the importance of exploring issues from both a top-down and a bottom-up perspective.

Our approach
  • We start with an understanding of what individuals want and need to secure a minimum level of financial well-being for themselves and their families, within the ecosystem of the workplace, broader society and the economy.
  • Then we ask the hard question: Are the solutions and services on offer effectively meeting those needs? If not, then what can be done to get better results?   
  • We recognise that effective system change requires solving for the whole and not just the parts. This is why we explore the linkages and overlaps in the systems we examine.

Essentially, the Alexander Forbes Thought Leadership Platform provides a narrative map of the issues, insights, and potential solutions or initiatives that could be considered for every theme or topic that we address.  Our end goal is to equip the reader with enough common context to enable them to engage in further discussions with other stakeholders and potential collaborators. The result?  Richer and more robust solutions.

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