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6th Africa Think Tank Summit

24 Apr 2019
26 Apr 2019

The 2019 Africa Think Tank Summit will be organized in partnership with the Government of Kenya and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA).

The summit aims at proposing strategies and actionable recommendations for think tanks to meaningfully contribute to tackling policy implementation challenges within the context of Africa’s vision as reflected in Agenda 2063 and the SDGs, through sharing knowledge and country case studies on good practices in ensuring successful implementation of policies and strategies.

To this end, through various keynote speeches, presentations, discussions, interactions and side-events, the Summit will address the following four (4) objectives:

(1) Share insights on challenges to implementation of development frameworks against their intended transformational impacts.

(2) Identify practical approaches toward the effective execution of policies and programs including sharing knowledge, experience and practices from countries/regions that are making progress.

(3) Deliberate on the role of transformative leadership (including the role of state and non-state actors) in tackling policy implementation challenges.

(4) Advocate for a coordinated continent-wide movement and platform (including the definition of a research agenda) for think tanks to be capacitated and support the implementation process of national development plans, SDGs and Agenda 2063.

The Sixth Africa Think Tank Summit is expected to generate the following outcomes:

(1) Increased dissemination of knowledge on implementation and development issues pertinent to Africa as well as improved understanding of the challenges and available solutions for the effective implementation of policies.

(2) Practical approaches proposed for the successful implementation of policies in Africa – based on countries’ experiences and good practices.

(3) Renewed, enhanced and sustained commitment of think tanks (and other stakeholders, including the leadership) to proactively support the implementation of national, regional and continental development plans.

(4) Platform for networking via fruitful exchange of ideas, knowledge and relevant experiences and good practices on what needs to be done to effectively tackle implementation challenges in Africa.

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