KIPPRA Co-hosts Three-Day Africa Think Tank Summit
The 6th Africa Think Tank Summit took place in Nairobi on 24th to 26th April 2019. Themed “Tackling Implementation Challenges for Africa’s Sustainable Development”, the event was organized by the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in collaboration with the Government of Kenya and KIPPRA.
The successful summit was officially launched by the Treasury and Planning Cabinet Secretary Hon. Henry Rotich and attracted government and think tank representatives from more than 50 African states. In his speech, Hon. Rotich thanked KIPPRA and ACBF for organizing the event, adding that ACBF had played a key role in addressing Africa’s capacity challenges. The CS hoped the summit would highlight practical approaches to successful implementation of policies in Africa, considering specific country experiences and good practices.
Among the guests who addressed the summit include the Treasury and Planning Chief Administrative Secretary Mr Nelson Gaichuhie, ACBF Executive Secretary Prof Emmanual Nnadozie, KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi, ACBF Executive Board Member Dr Mor Seck, Regional Director for Africa and West Asia, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi and Centre d’Etudes de Politiques pour le Développement – CEPOD (Senegal) Director Mr Aliou Faye.
According to Prof. Nnadozie African think tanks had matured over time to become competent in providing research, advice and advocacy on the challenges facing the continent. The professor called on think tanks to contribute to tackling policy implementation challenges within the context of Africa’s vision as reflected in Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
On his part, Mr Gaichuhie said some of the challenges affecting policy implementation include weak coordination, limited evidence to back policy, weak policy design and limited stakeholder engagements. He encouraged think tanks to ensure their rresearch output is scientific and tailored to influence the policy agenda.
The summit included plenary sessions where various issues were discussed, including: national, regional and continental challenges in policy implementation; how to build capacities for policy implementation; and how think tanks can support government to implement policy. Breakaway sessions gave the delegates a chance to critically interrogate issues and propose practical solutions.
In her closing remarks, Dr Ngugi thanked the government for supporting KIPPRA to deliver the summit as well as ACBF for having faith in the Institute to organize the event. She also expressed her appreciation to all stakeholders and senior government representatives for honouring the invitation and being part of the summit.
Here is the summit communique: https://bit.ly/2Hn7SbK