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2nd African Think Tank Summit
UNECA Conference Center, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
6 April 2015 - 8 April 2015



The African Capacity Building (ACBF), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Think Tank and Civil Society Programme of the University of Pennsylvania (TTCSP) jointly held the Second Africa Think Tank Summit, on the theme, The Rise of Africa's Think Tanks – Practical Solutions to Practical Problems from 6-8 April at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim of the Summit was to explore the ways in which Africa's think tanks are currently making a difference in the continent's transformation, and how they can become increasingly relevant and important contributors as the vision for Africa in 2063 rolls out.

The TTCSP has been organizing series of regional and global "think tank summits", bringing together professionals of top-ranked think tanks to connect as a trade association for networking, reflection and discussions on the pressing issues of the day. Over nine summits have been held so far, including regional convocations for Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and North America, the G20 countries, and most recently a Global Think Tank Summit in Geneva.

The First Africa Think Tank Summit was held on 3-5 February 2014 at the Pride of Africa Irene Country Lodge in Pretoria, South Africa. It was organized in a partnership between the ACBF, the African Leadership Center, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Konrad-Andenauer-Stiftung, TTCSP, and the Institute for Security Studies as the host. Over 50 of the leading think tanks from 25 countries in Africa participated in the Summit, including the think tanks and policy institutes supported by ACBF. The Summit focused on the organizational and policy challenges facing think tanks in the region and how they might increase their sustainability, value and impact. The participants made a number of important recommendations that fall into four areas: capacity development, knowledge sharing and networking, resource mobilization and regionally based initiatives and partnerships.

Some 65 of the 70 think tanks were represented at the three-day summit from 31 African countries. FANRPAN was represented by Lufingo Mwamakamba, FANRPAN's Protocol and Partnerships Manager.

The Global Go To Think Tank Index ranks the world's leading think tanks in a variety of categories, drawing on a panel of over 1,900 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions, and governments around the world. It has been issued annually since 2006, as an initiative of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme (TTSCP) of the University of Pennsylvania. TTSCP's goal is to increase the profile and performance of think tanks and raise the public awareness of the important role think tanks play in governments and civil societies around the globe. The Index is used by academics, journalists, donors and the public to locate and connect with the leading centres of public policy research around the world.

The official Global Launch took place at the UN Headquarters in New York, on Thursday, 22 January.

For more information on the report visit: 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.pdf


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