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2018 Africa Think Tank Summit

The second edition of the 2018 Africa Think Tank Summit was held in Rabat, Morocco from 9-10 May and explored the theme “Deepening expertise and enhancing sustainability: Insight into contemporary challenges facing African think tanks.” The summit offered an opportunity to reflect on the role of think tanks in African society. How do they contribute to improving the understanding of African development challenges? And how do they help to develop an inclusive dialogue around African public policies. Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria, was among the key speakers addressing the issues with his speech, “Think tanks and regional integration, bold strategies for long-term impact.” Other breakout sessions focused on relationships between think tanks and the private sector, the media and the diaspora. The closing session aimed to explore new avenues to make Africa’s think tanks fit for the future. The event was organised by the OCP Policy Center and the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with support from the Moroccan Agency of International Development. The Council for the Development of Social Science Research (CODESRIA, Senegal), the Ivorian Centre for Economic and Social Research (CIRES) and the Applied Research and Analysis Group for Development (GRAAD, Burkina Faso) were among the West African participants.