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In order to judiciously conduct research that can inspire national policies and influence their design, 24 African think-thanks in 11 African countries have been granted CFAF 45 billion. The financial support is being provided by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The information was made public during the 44th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Dakar, Senegal. The three donors have committed to providing CFAF 45 billion within the framework of the Think-Thank Initiative which aims at supporting independent bodies dedicated to research on locally designed policies to improve upon living conditions for millions of people.
The objective is to ensure that the think-thanks judiciously conduct research that can inspire national policies and influence their conception. In many cases, officials in developing countries do not have reliable and objective data to deal with increasingly complex social and economic problems. The Think-Thank Initiative will provide basic financing to local think-thanks to help them conduct quality research which will translate into best practices and will, in the final analysis, result in more just and more prosperous societies.
The initiative received closed to 300 proposals from a wide range of African think-thanks, but only 24 were chosen at the end of a very rigorous selection process. The 24 selected think-thanks are from West and East Africa - Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania.