Initiated by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), a new Africa Standing Group (T20 ASG) was launched in May 2017. The Africa Standing Group engages in cross-regional joint knowledge production and provides evidence-based policy advice related to cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The network encompasses more than 30 leading think tanks from across Africa and G20 countries. The group works on a broad range of issues relevant to economic, social and political change in Africa and the world economy, including infrastructure, trade, agriculture, climate, and the political and social environment in which socio-economic reforms take place. Governance mechanisms for Africa-G20 cooperation are the key focus. The starting points for the group's joint research and advisory work are the African Union's Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the G20 work streams. The T20 ASG is an outcome of the first T20 Africa Conference that took place in February 2017 in Johannesburg. It can also draw on significant support from the Managing Global Governance (MGG) Network coordinated by DIE.