How Think Tanks Can Help To Change The African Narrative

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how think tanks can help to change the african narrative

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) was established by African governments and their international partners in 1991 to work with the public and private sectors, academia and other relevant bodies to raise the level of the continents human development in terms of its all round capacity.

Mamadou Biteye, the current executive secretary of the organisation, says the institution wants to play a key role in driving ideas in an increasingly complex world.

One of the biggest challenges we face in Africa is capacity, talent and also knowledge generation. Our vision is to make ACBF the preferred institution for capacity building and knowledge generation supporting the development effort for Africa, he tells African Business over a Zoom call back home in Harare, Zimbabwe, having just finished a whistle stop tour attending events in Africa and the Gulf.

When asked where ACBF sits today in the development space, he defines development as extending prosperity to as many people as possible, and the organisations role as to generate the knowledge required to support evidence-based policy that will make this possible.

Over the years ACBF has established think tanks around the continent to help stimulate ideas, generate strategies, and inform economic development planning and policy formulation. Currently, the ACBF network comprises around 60 think tanks covering various sectors and domains of knowledge. Through this network and the annual Africa Think Tank Summit, ACBF harnesses the collective research capacity to address key development questions on the continent.