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AfDB partners with Africa-wide think tank Mandela Institute for Development Stories
The African Development Bank (AfDB) partners with the Mandela Institute for Development Stories (Minds) to launch its dialogue series starting with the first one in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, on 17 to18 April 2012 at the Radisson Blu. The main topic of discussion will be "In a World and an Africa that is changing fast and fundamentally, how can Africa best prepare its leaders of tomorrow?’.
The high-level event will target political leaders, civil servants, members of civil society, academia, and members of the development community. The opening session will be chaired by Graça Machel, founding trustee of Minds, with remarks from Nkosana Moyo, founder and executive chairman of the institution and Mr Thabo Mbeki , former President of South Africa.
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies is an Africa-wide think tank that seeks to address the short, medium, and long-term development challenges of Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner and always with the African Heritage as a point of reference.
Minds emerged out of the observation that development efforts in Africa have failed to meet expectations with respect to social, institutional and economic outcomes in comparison to other regions of the world.
Their innovation is to introduce a platform for dialogues to address Africa’s development challenges by revisiting its rich cultural heritage to shape the debate and to influence policy formulation and practices.
The dialogue series will bring together key African stakeholder groups to interrogate current challenges in Africa’s development efforts, to discuss innovative approaches and to offer up options for policy formulation and implementation on governance, economic development and the evolution of African institutions.
The general approach in formulating policy options will be to look closely at what can be borrowed from African Heritage practices in order to create the broadest possible ownership by the general African public.