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2018 Africa Think Tank Summit Report : Deepening Expertise and Enhancing Sustainability: Insights into Contemporary Challenges Facing African Think Tanks

May 31, 2018

OCP Policy Center and the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania, with the support of the Moroccan International Cooperation Agency (AMCI), the Asian Development Bank hosted the 2018 Africa Think Tank Summit under the theme “Deepening Expertise and Enhancing Sustainability: Insight into Contemporary Challenges Facing African Think Tanks.”

The summit was held May 9-11th, 2018 at The View Hotel, Rabat, Morocco. The most influential and innovative think tanks in Africa gathered to discuss contemporary issues they are facing, such as the challenges of deepening expertise, the role of the media and the press in propelling the African agendas, the role of think tanks in driving the African diaspora, and the role of think tanks in building an inclusive policy dialogue.

The Summit was also an excellent opportunity to explore how think tanks can implement the strategies developed in previous Summits to enhance capacity, increase impact and assure the long term viability of think tanks in the region. Much work has been done lately on the issue of making think tanks “fit for purpose,” in terms of quality, vibrancy, relevance and sustainability. We believe that think tanks from across Africa benefit from learning about and finding ways to introduce innovations and adaptations identified in other think tank fora. 

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