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Report of the 2009 Tswalu Dialogue: The Think Tank and Advisory Business in Africa

Prepared by Adrian Johnson, Terence McNamee and Greg Mills
Occasional Papers, 6 July 2009
Africa
The 2009 Tswalu Dialogue evaluated the role of the advisory business in Africa in several key sectors. This report presents the discussion and the findings of the conference

The 2009 Dialogue evaluated the role of the advisory business in Africa and further afield in a number of different sectors: peace and security, foreign affairs, economic development, conflict resolution and trade.

The Tswalu Dialogue was established in 2002 as a premier African forum to discuss issues of concern to continental development and security. In this round, it asked think tanks/advisers and their clients (governments, civil society, media and business) to identify areas and approaches where there have been particular successes and failures and the benefits of certain methods and the weaknesses of others.

This conference report helps establish a best practice (or at least, a better practice) in the role and operation of think tanks and advisory businesses in Africa.

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