Alex Benkenstein

Alex Benkenstein is the Programme Manager of the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs, which he joined in November 2010.  His work in SAIIA has focused on a number of resource governance-related issues, particularly in the fields of fisheries, ocean governance and mining. Through his work with SAIIA he has collaborated with a number of partners in the public and private sector, for example, the World Gold Council (Standards for Conflict-Free Gold), the Southern African Development Community (SADC Think Tank Forum on Climate Change), the New Partnership For Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, and the Benguela Current Commission. Alex graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Masters Degree in International Studies (cum laude). As a researcher for the South African consultancy Managing for Excellence he completed projects for various clients, including the Parliament of South Africa. He was subsequently appointed as Head of Research for the NGO Regency Foundation Networx, where his work focused on climate change, particularly private sector corporate social responsibility (CSR) responses to emerging issues surrounding climate change.

Works by this author

An African Climate Finance Agenda for COP26

A New South African Climate Diplomacy: G7, G20 and Beyond

Private Sector Partnerships for a Sustainable Blue Economy in the Western Indian Ocean

Strengthening the Science-to-Policy Interface in the Western Indian Ocean Region

Youth Climate Advocacy

Partnership for a Green Transition and Energy Access: Strategic Priorities for Africa and Europe

Skills Transfer and Women in Africa's Green Transition

Coastal Tourism and Economic Inclusion in Indian Ocean Rim Association States - Policy Brief

Coastal Tourism and Economic Inclusion in Indian Ocean Rim Association States

Prospects for the Kenyan Blue Economy

South Africa's Indian Ocean Rim Association Legacy: A More Inclusive and open IORA

Governing the High Seas: Marine Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

Improving Forest Governance in East Africa's Eastern Arc Mountains

Climate Change Adaptation Readiness: Lessons from the 2015/2016 El Niño for Climate Readiness in Southern Africa

Oil and Fisheries in Ghana: Prospects for a Socio-ecological Compact

Aligning Africa's Maritime Ambitions with Broader Indian Ocean Regionalism

Aligning Africa's Maritime Ambitions with Broader Indian Ocean Regionalism

Development, Sustainability and Social Justice: The Elusive Balancing Act of African Fisheries Governance

Achieving an Inclusive Blue Economy for Small-Scale Fishers: Recommendations to the South African Parliament

Community Forests in Namibia: Sustainable Local-Level Forest Management

Seabed Mining: Lessons from the Namibian Experience

Assessing Competitive Resource Tenders as an Option for Mining Rights Allocation in South Africa

Small-scale Fisheries in Mozambique

Small-scale Fisheries in a Modernising Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in Mozambique

Zimbabwe's Marange Diamonds and the need for reform of the Kimberley Process

‘Troubled Waters’ Sustaining Uganda’s Lake Victoria Nile Perch Fishery

Placing African Fisheries on the COP 17 Agenda