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Add to Calendar 02/05/2016 17:00 04/05/2016 14:00 Africa/Casablanca Africa Think Tank Conference 2016 *Building a Sustainable and Secure Future for the People and Institutions of Africa*   In recent years several issues facing North Africa have become more and more comparable to the issues facing the rest of Africa.  Additionally, the rest of Africa is experiencing economic growth, and the Mediterranean-facing countries are increasingly looking south for trade and investment opp... Marrakesh, Morocco OCP Policy Center contact@ocppc.ma false DD/MM/YYYY
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 17:00 to Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 14:00

Africa Think Tank Conference 2016

Building a Sustainable and Secure Future for the People and Institutions of Africa
 

In recent years several issues facing North Africa have become more and more comparable to the issues facing the rest of Africa.  Additionally, the rest of Africa is experiencing economic growth, and the Mediterranean-facing countries are increasingly looking south for trade and investment opportunities.

Among the more frequently mentioned issues of common interest are the following:

- Economic issues: Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) issues and related trade opportunities; investment opportunities; infrastructure development; energy resources; industrialization;  production value chains; innovation

- Social issues: poverty; gender equity; education and health services; employment; urbanization; social protection; migration and displaced populations; violence against women; cultural heritage

- Environmental issues: climate change; water resources; biodiversity; sustainable agriculture; natural resources management; endangered species

- Creating a sustainable future for think tanks in Africa: effective communication, resource mobilization, human resource management, research utilization and impact.

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015 marked the initiation of a new global effort to eradicate poverty in all its forms.  The 17 goals and 169 targets are now a global mandate for all nations to make life better for their people, and are designed to encompass the interrelated and interdependent actions relating to their achievement.   They are also consistent with the vision spelled out in Africa’s Agenda 2063, endorsed by African Heads of State two years earlier.  As such, it would be of great interest for countries facing similar challenges, for think tanks – organizations devoted to doing the deep thinking to help policy-makers make informed decisions – to share their challenges and successes so that all their countries can be smarter in designing their futures.

It will also be an excellent opportunity to explore how think tanks can implement the strategies developed in previous Summits to enhance capacity, increase impact and assure the long term viability of think tanks in the region. Much work has been done lately on the issue of making think tanks “fit for purpose”, in terms of quality, vibrancy, relevance and sustainability.  More think tanks from across Africa would benefit from learning about and finding ways to introduce innovations and adaptations identified in other think tank fora.

2nd Edition - Africa Think Tank Conference 2018

 

AGENDA

 

14:00 – 17:00

Registration

17:00 – 18:00

Welcoming Remarks

- James McGann, Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania
- Bartholomew Armah, Chief of the Renewal of Planning, U.N. Economic Commission for Africa
- Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center

18:00 – 19:30

Policy Panel : Africa – Recent Developments and Common Perspectives

This Policy Panel will gather Senior Policy Makers with deep expertise in the recent developments in Africa to address the role think tanks can play in helping Governments to address them.  Suggested queries include: What are the key issues and challenges facing African Governments today?  What are the experiences with think tanks in helping policymakers tackle these issues?  Where are the areas of opportunity for think tanks to play a more influential role, including through collaboration?

Moderator: John Yearwood, Vice Chair, International Press Institute, and Former World Editor, Miami Herald

Panelists (60 minutes – 15 min. each):

- Abdellah Saaf, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center and Former Minister of Education, Morocco
- Hamid Temmar, Former Minister responsible for Economic Transition, Algeria
- Newai Gebre-ab, Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Executive Director, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Ethiopia
- Frédéric Nikièma, Former Minister of Communication and Spokesperson of the Transitional Government, Burkina Faso

Open floor discussion (30 minutes)

19:30 – 21:30

Welcome Dinner Reception – Participants and invited guests

Remarks by reception (co-)sponsor(s)
Dinner Reception

Tuesday 3 May 2016

08:30 – 09:00

Registration

09:00 – 09:15

Background and overview of the conference (15 minutes)

James McGann, Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP)

09:15 – 10:45

Thematic Panel 1: Implementing the SDGs/Agenda 2063 – How can think tanks, individually and collectively, support SDG programming, operationalizing and monitoring?

The first of four panels addressing the conference topics – What are the key challenges and opportunities for think tanks with respect to achieving the SDGs in Africa? How can think tanks help? Can insights from the UN or other countries shed light on possible ways forward?  Are there specific areas of opportunities relating to the issues mentioned – poverty, gender, social services, employment, urbanization, migration etc.?

Moderator: Euphrasia Mapulanga, ZIPAR, Zambia

Panelists (60 minutes – 15 min. each) :

- Bartholomew Armah, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Ethiopia
- Said Moufti, Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (IRES), Morocco
- Salomon Nsabimana, Institute for Economic Development (IDEC), Burundi
- Job Imharobere Eronmhonsele, Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED), Nigeria

Open floor discussion (30 minutes)

10:45 – 11:15

Photo Session; Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45

Thematic Panel 2: Climate Change – How can think tanks, individually and collectively, support COP22 preparations?

The second of four panels addressing the conference topics – What are the key challenges and opportunities for think tanks with respect to helping prepare country and regional positions for COP22?  Are there specific area of opportunities relating to the issues mentioned – climate change, water, biodiversity, sustainable production etc.?

Moderator: Jean-Christophe Boungou Bazika, Center for Analysis and Political Economy Research (CERAPE), Congo Brazzaville

Panelists (75 minutes – 15 min. each):

- Badr Ikken, Institut de Recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles (IRESEN), Morocco
- Agathe Maupin, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), South Africa
- Moussa Seck, Institute of Panafrican Strategies (IPS), Senegal
- Wellington Otieno, Center for Research and Technology Development Centre (RESTECH), Kenya

Open floor discussions (15 minutes)

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch; Networking

14:00 – 15:30

Thematic Panel 3: Trade and economic exchanges – How can think tanks, individually and collectively, facilitate adoption of the Continental Free Trade Area?

The third of four panels addressing the conference topics – What are the key challenges and opportunities for think tanks with respect to supporting the CFTA policy-making process?  Can experiences from EAC-COMESA-SADC or elsewhere shed light on ways forward for facilitating negotiations for North, West and Central Africa?  How can negotiations be supported by think tanks from all the regions present? Are there specific areas of opportunities relating to stimulating industrialization, production, competitiveness, infrastructure connectivity etc.?

Moderator: Nassim Oulmane, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Sub-Regional Center North Africa

Panelists (50 minutes – 10 min. each):

- Amani Al-Taweel, Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, (ACPSS), Egypt
- Nadhir Laggoune, Notre Algérie Bâtie sur de Nouvelles Idées (NABNI), Algeria
- Amedee Darga, Straconsult, Mauritius
- Margaret Sengwaketse, Bostwana Institute for Development and Policy Analysis (BIDPA), Botswana
- Isaac Shinyekwa, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), Uganda

Open floor discussions (30 minutes)

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Thematic Panel 4: Think Tank Sustainability – Sharing views and experiences from Africa and beyond

The last of four panels addressing the conference topics –What could the future of think tanks in Africa be as they support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and 2063? What issues should be included in a “white paper” for building a sustainable future for think tanks in Africa?

Moderator: Giuseppe Porcaro, Bruegel, Belgium

Panelists (60 minutes – 15 min. each):

- Tom Carver, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US
- Paolo Magri, Instituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI), Italy
- Felix Murithi, Kenya Institute for Public Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya
- Bouchra Sidi Hida, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche en Sciences Sociales (CERSS), Morocco

Open Floor discussions (30 minutes)

17:30 – 18:00

Remarks and Announcements

Remarks from Organizers

19:30 – 21:30

Gala Dinner

- Remarks by dinner (co-)sponsor(s)
- Dinner

Wednesday 4 May 2016

09:00 – 11:00

Strategic Brainstorming Panels: Recommendations for Policy Actions

Groups will be expected to consider the presentations and identify specific opportunities for think tanks to move the agendas forward, including leaders (“champions”) and preconditions for action

Four Strategic Brainstorming Panels, one for each topic

SBP 1: Implementing the SDGs/Agenda 2063 – How can think tanks support SDG/Agenda 2063 programming, operationalizing and monitoring?

Chair: Maximilian Weylandt, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Namibia

Speakers (5 minutes each)

- Foly Ananou, L'Afrique des Idées, Senegal 
- Olabodé Adiho Khaled Igue, Club 2030 Afrique, Benin 
- Barnabe Okouda, Policy Analysis and Research Center (PARC), - Cameroon 
- Haile Kebret Taye, The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI), Ethiopia 
- Victor Magnani, Institut - Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), France 
- Younes Sekkouri, Parliament Member, Morocco


SBP 2: Climate Change – How can think tanks support COP22 preparations?

Chair: Arthur Bainomugisha, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), Uganda

Speakers (5 minutes each)

- Thula Sizwe Dlamini, Swaziland Economic Policy and Research Centre (SEPRC), Swaziland 
- Brahim Fassi Fihri, Amadeus, Morocco 
- Abel Alfred Kinyondo, REPOA, Tanzania 
- Aaron Shull, Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada 


SBP 3: Trade and economic exchanges – How can think tanks facilitate adoption of the Continental Free Trade Area?

Chair: Walid Maaouia, Ifriqya, Tunisia

Speakers (5 minutes each)

- Hossam Hassan Mohamed Ibrahim, Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Egypt 
- Olivia Kokushubila Lwabukuna, African Institute of South Africa, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa  
- Shinichi Nakabayashi, Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan 
- Abdelhak Saaf, Centre d’Etudes et des Recherches en Sciences Sociales (CERSS), Morocco
- Witness Simbanegavi, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya
- Olakunle Aremo Gilles Yabi, West Africa Citizen Think Tank (WATHI), Senegal


SBP 4: Think Tank Sustainability – How can think tanks implement the plans and programs that will create a sustainable future for think tanks in Africa?

Chair: Aminata Diop, Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR), Senegal

Speakers (5 minutes each)

- Yahia Abou El Farah, Institut des Etudes Africaines (IEA), Morocco 
- Carlos Carnero, Fundacion Alternatives, Spain
- Elwood Dunn, Center for Policy Studies (CERPS), Liberia 
- Gountiéni D. Lankoandé, Groupe de Recherche et d'Analyse Appliquées pour le Développement (GRAAD), Burkina Faso 
- Sebhat Nega Medhanye, Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development (EIIPD), Ethiopia 
- Winfried Weck, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Germany 

11:00 – 11:45

Coffee Break; Showcasing Participant Materials

Participants visit presentation tables and interact with presenters

Breakout chairs and rapporteurs prepare report back presentations

11:45 – 12:15

Plenary – Report backs from the Strategic Brainstorming Panels

Breakout SBP chairs present recommendations

Moderator: James McGann, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), US

Panelists (30 minutes – 5 min each):

- Arthur Bainomugisha, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), Uganda
- Aminata Diop, Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR), Senegal
- Walid Maaouia, Ifriqya, Tunisia
- Maximilian Weylandt, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Namibia

Open Floor discussions (10 minutes)

12:00 – 13:00

African Think Tanks and Policy Making: What are the common challenges and opportunities facing African Stakeholders in implementing the SDGs/Agenda 2063, climate change and trade and economic exchanges?

This session closes the conference, offering the thoughts of a panel of experts on previous conference topics, panels and discussions. Panelists should identify the insights from the deliberations to shed light on possible ways forward.

Moderator: Lauren Gelfand, African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) Kenya

Panelists (45 minutes – 10-15 min each):

- Karima Bounemra, Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), ECA
- Karim El Aynaoui, OCP Policy Center, Morocco 
- Moubarak Lo, Office of the Prime Minister, Senegal
- Kasahun Dender Melese, Institute for Advanced Research (IAR), Ethiopia

Open Floor discussions (15 minutes)

13:00 – 13:30

Closing Remarks and Future Plans

- James McGann, Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania
- Karima Bounemra, Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), ECA
- Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch and Think Tank Networking Event

13:30 – 14:15

Press Conference

Afternoon and beyond

Check out and transfers to airport

 

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