African think tanks meet in Addis Ababa

The Second African Think Tank Summit, "The Rise of Africa’s Think Tanks – Practical Solutions to Practical Problems" starts in capital Addis Ababa

African think tanks meet in Addis Ababa

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Dozens of African think tanks are meeting in capital Addis Ababa to discuss ways of improving their operations with the aim of raising awareness about their activities.

Representatives from 65 think tanks from 31 African countries converged on the capital for the two-day "Africa Think-tank Summit," held under the theme "The Rise of Africa's Think Tanks."

The meeting aims to "discuss specific recommendations on how to share information to improve the African think tank community across the board," James McGann, director of think tanks and the civil societies program at the University of Pennsylvania, which is co-organizing the event, told The Anadolu Agency.

"It is also to help raise the impact [of African think tanks]… so they can help better serve the countries and peoples they operate in," he said, noting that common challenges would also be discussed at the summit.

McGann said African policymakers had been over-reliant on academic means of acquiring information, while neglecting to tap services provided by think tanks.

"The job is to sort that information for them [policymakers], synthesize it, and put it in a form that they can read and quickly digest, as they don't have the time to read long papers or journal articles to find the kernels of truth scholars have put forth," he said.

In a keynote speech read out by a representative, Emmanuel Nnadozie, executive secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation, said the number of think tanks in Africa remained low.

"There are 467 think tanks in the whole of Africa, of which 87 are in South Africa," he said, noting that the number of think tanks in the U.S. alone stood at a whopping 1,800.

Last Mod: 06 Nisan 2015, 16:28
Add Comment