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Think tanks relevant to Africa’s future

Africa has over the last years witnessed a rise in the number and quality of think tanks, under ACBF’s leadership. These think tanks have played an important role in shaping policies for sustainable development of the continent. However, they  should continue to look over the horizon and ground their work on local priorities and realities if they are to remain relevant to the African continent, especially in the context of renewed efforts to speed up the development of continent. 

Representatives of 65 think tanks meeting at the Think Tanks Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 6-8 April agreed that their institutions should contribute to creating alternative thinking on Africa’s development, policy that improves lives in Africa. Think tanks were encouraged to strengthen their network and work in partnership on the key areas as the implementation of the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Post-2015 development agenda. Think tanks were also encouraged to improve and simplify their communication to the media, policy makers and public in general to allow them to better understand where Africa stands and which direction it is, or should be, headed. 

The African Capacity Building supports over 30 African think tanks, the majority of which now ranks among Africa’s best. 

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Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana