Optimizing The Impact of Think Tanks In The Central Africa Region


About The Central Africa Think Tank Forum

Nkafu Policy Institute is organizing the Central Africa Think Tank Forum. By bringing together policy makers, renowned researchers, think tankers, and practitioners from all over the world, the Nkafu Policy Institute will aim to brainstorm across institutional policies to map out best strategies and enhance capacities for improved efficiency and more visible impact of think tanks in influencing policies across Central Africa.

Objectives of this Forum

  • Establish a platform for exchange of knowledge and shared experiences between the various Think Tanks in the Central African region.
  • Analyse specific challenges facing Think Tanks in the region, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Explore best practices and effective strategies for strengthening Think Tank capacities.
  • Identifier priority research areas for Think Tanks in the region, based on local needs and challenges.
  • Promote collaboration and partnerships between Think Tanks in the region and other key players, such as universities, governments and the private sector.

Who will attend this forum?

Think Tanks Leaders

International Funders

Researchers and Students

Civil Society Organization

Development Partners

Panelists / Speakers

Dr Denis Foretia

Founder & Executive Chairman,
Nkafu Policy Institute,

Dr. Deo Ngendakumana

Executive Director,
Economic Development Institute,

Investigation and Social Studies Center,
Equatorial Guinea
Mr. Victor Kitembo I.

Executive Director,
Programme d’Aide pour le Développement Economique et Social (PADES),

Pr. Jean Christophe Boungou Bazika

Regional Coordinator,
Centre d’Etude et de la Recherche sur les Analyses et Politiques Economiques (CERAPE),

Initiative de Recherches et d’Analyses pour le Développement Durable en Afrique Centrale (IRADDAC)

Administrateur des Sociétés, Investisseur, Leader Communautaire, Haut cadre de l’industrie de l’énergie.

Mr. Henri Mokambi

Centre de Recherche et d’Appui au Development (CRAD),

Barrister Agbor Balla

President of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa,

Mariya Gorbanova S

Knowledge for Transformation Adviser,
Regional Programmes Africa 1

Open Society Foundations

Dr. OKOUDA Barnabe

Executive Director,
Cameroon Policy Analysis and Research Center,

Prof. Emmanuel Bruno ONGO

Centre d’Études et de Recherche en Économie et Gestion (CEREG),

Former Rector of the University of Ngaoundéré,

Senior Research Fellow,
Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR),

Prof. Ibrahim Aygongar

Executive Director,
Centre d’Étude et de Recherche pour la Dynamique des Organisations (CERDO),

Prof. Nadine MACHIKOU

AYEN Think Tank (Represented)

Jimm Chick Fomunjong

Head, Knowledge Management & Communications Unit,
West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI),

Dr. Christelle Amina Djouldé

Executive Coordinator,
Community Research & Development Center (COREDEC),

Founder & CEO,
Ayina Think Tank,

Mr. Aimable Manirakiza

Chief Executive Officer,
Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes,

Executive Director,
Dreams HUB – A coworking space for innovation and investigation,
Equatorial Guinea

Dr Lambert Leinyuy Wirdze Shiyntum
Centre for Research on Child and Family Development and Education (CRCFDE),
Mr. Henri Mokambi

Communications Manager,
Institut Concorde,

Centre de Recherche pour le Développement (CEREDEC),
Central African Republic

Christelle Amina Djoulde

Executive Coordinator,
Community Research and Development Center (COREDEC),

Mr. Christian Ngoube
Director of Programmes,
Mr. Yerima Kini Nsom
The Post,
Ms Paulette Ndong

Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in

Environmental Lawyer, Director of Center for Environment and Development,
CICTE (Council for Scientific Investigation of Equatorial Guinea),
Equatorial Guinea

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Registration Fee $100 or 50,000 XAF

The registration fee will cover;

  • Participation at the forum and all technical workshops;
  • Conference material (t-shirts, bags, note books, pens, programme etc);
  • Lunch and coffee breaks;
  • The pre-conference welcome reception;
  • The post-conference gala dinner;
  • Opportunity to pitch ideas to key funders during the forum;
  • Branded pdf copy of the conference report;
  • Attestation of participation certificate.


Delegates are responsible for arranging

  • Hotel Reservations,
  • Bearing the cost of flight tickets,
  • Visa fees (Apply for a Cameroon Visa here),
  • Local transportation
  • Any personal expenses (extra food, gifts etc)

Our logistics team is available to facilitate these for you.

Themes of the Panel Discussions and Debate

Tuesday, 19th September 2023


7:00 - 9:00 pm

Welcome Reception at Djeuga Palace Hotel Open discussions: Think tanks and the closing civic space.

Speaker: Dr Denis Foretia/Dr Gobina/Mr Francis

Rapporteurs: Solange Dabou

Wednesday, 20th September 2023


8:00 - 9:00 - Registration Grab your welcome pack and a cup of coffee and meet fellow conference-goers.

9:00 – 9:10 – Welcome remarks – Denis Foretia

9:15 - 9:45 - Keynote 1:

Evidence-informed policymaking in a challenging regional context

Speaker: Joel Nana Kontchou - Chief Executive Officer, Makoe Ventures Former Chief Executive Officer, ENEO

Introduced by: Mr Ebenezer Fostin Fouefack

10:00 -11:00 - Coffee break

11:00 - 12:10 – Plenary panel discussion

Practical Strategies To Increase Capacity And Impact Of Central African Think Tanks.


  • High Commission of Canada to Cameroon
  • Aimable Manirakiza - Chief Executive Officer Center for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes
  • Ibrahim Aygongar - Directeur exécutif du Centre d’Études et de Recherches Pour la Dynamique des Organisations (CERDO)
  • Barnabe Okouda - Directeur du Centre d’Analyse et de Recherche sur les Politiques Économiques et Sociales (CAMERCAP-PARC)

Moderator: – Mr Jean Blaise Nkonga – ICOO

Rapporteurs: Ms. Larissa Ntoubia – Research Assistant – Nkafu Policy Institute

Session Coordinator: Dr Adeline Nembot – Economic Policy Analyst – Nkafu Policy Institute

12:15 – 13:20 - Panel Session

Role of think tanks in promoting regional trade and AfCFTA Implementation


  • Dr Deo Ngendakumana - Directeur exécutif de l’Institut de Développement Économique – Burundi
  • Mr Victor Kitembo - Fondateur & Directeur exécutif du Programme africain pour le développement économique et social (PADES) – Congo Kinshasa
  • Christelle Amina Djoulde - Executive Coordinator at the Community Research and Development Center (COREDEC) – Cameroon
  • Prof Emmanuel Ongo - Directeur du Centre d’Études et de Recherche en Économie et Gestion (CEREG). – Cameroon

Moderator: Dr. Jean Cedric Kouam

Rapporteurs: Dr Tankeu Meli

Session Coordinator: Mr. Ebenezer

13:30 - 14:30 – Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 - Keynote 2:

Role of Universities in Evidence Uptake:

A Conversation with Professor Uphie Chinje - Former Rector, University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon

Moderator: Denis Foretia, MD MPH MBA FACS, Co-Chair, Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation

Rapporteurs: Dr. Vera Kum

14:30 - 15:30 - Plenary Panel Session

Think Tank Cooperation: Strategies For Enhanced Collaboration.


  • Dr Aline Zobo - CEO/FOUNDER, IRADDAC – Cameroon
  • NZONIKOUA Boniface - Coordonnateur du Centre de Recherche et Appui au Développement (CRAD) – Central Africa Republic, CAR
  • Prof Jean Christophe Bazika : Coordonnateur régional du Centre d'Études et de Recherche sur les Analyses et Politiques Économiques

Moderator: Mrs Vanessa Aboudi– Research Associate, Governance and Democracy Division

Rapporteurs: Dr Theophile Nguimfack – Research Fellow, Governance and Democracy Division

Session Coordinator: Dr. Parfait Beri – Economic Policy Analyst

15:30 - 16:30 - Roundtable session

Engaging and Supporting Young Policy Researchers


  • Damien Mouzoun - Founder & Chief Executive Officer Ayina Think Tank – Rwanda
  • Mr Christian Ngoube - Directeur des programmes OPA-AYEN – Cameroon
  • Ms Ebela Annick - Centre Pluridisciplinaire de Recherche sur l’Intelligence Artificielle (CREPIA) – Cameroon

Facilitator: Dr William Arrey – Senior Fellow – Peace and Security Division – Nkafu Policy Institute

Rapporteurs: Ms Larissa Ntoubia

Session Coordinator: Dr Ondoua – Economic Policy Analyst

16:30 - 18:00 - Roundtable Session

Think tanks and Public Engagement - Effective advocacy and policy engagement strategies.


  • Jacques Jonathan - Founder & President - The Okwelians – Cameroon
  • Jean Baptiste NSENGIYUMV - Senior Research Fellow to represent IPAR-Rwanda
  • Jimm Chick - Head, Knowledge Management Unit, West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) – Ghana

Facilitator: Dr. Primus Tazanu – Research Fellow in Governance and Democracy

Rapporteurs: Ms. Muriel Kinkoh – Research Assistant – Peace and Security Division

Session Coordinator: Dr Jean Cedric K.

18:00 – 18:30Participants share their reflections and takeaways from the day's sessions.

18:30 – 20:00 – DINNER

Thursday 21st September 2023


8:00 - 9:00 - Coffee and pre-conference catchups!

9:00 -9:30 - Keynote 3

Think tanks and the promotion of open, democratic societies

Speaker: Barrister Agbor Balla

Introduced by: Mr Ayukmba Nkonghonyor

Rapporteurs: Mrs. Arielle (we use the 15 minutes after the keynote for Q&A and other audience engagement activities)

9:30 - 11:00 - Plenary Panel Session

How Should Funders Support Think Tanks in the Central African Region?


  • Barassou Diawara, PhD., Head of Knowledge Africa Capacity Building Foundation
  • Frédéric Kwady Ndecky Program Officer, Open Society Foundations - Africa
  • Mariya Gorbanova Advisor, Knowledge for Transformation Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Berlin
  • Lancelot Ehode Knowledge Sharing Advisor*** International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Moderator: Dr Vera Fuein Kum – Research Fellow – Economic Affairs

Rapporteurs: Solange Dabou – Health Research Associate

Session Coordinator: Dr. Jean Cedric

11:00 - 12:30 - Parallel Roundtable Session

Submitting a Winning Grant Proposal (technical workshop). Other funders (Other embassies) Grant writer

Speaker: Olivia Mukam CEO, Solutionneurs

Facilitator: Dr Jean Cedric K – Deputy Director – Economic Affairs Division

Rapporteurs: Dr Tankeu Yollande

Session Coordinator: Dr. Valery Ngo – Senior Health Researcher

12:30 - 14:00 – Lunch and Networking

14:00 - 15:00 – Plenary Panel

Leadership Development in Think Tanks


  • Adoglo Metohuey Djiwenou Michael - Executive Director, Dreams HUB – Guinea
  • Dr Lambert Leinyuy - Centre for Research on Child and Family Development and Education (CRCFDE) – Cameroon
  • Mr Moudourou Francois-Herve – OPEN Think Tank – Cameroon

Moderator: Mr. Antem Anthony

Rapporteurs: Dr Beri Parfait

Session Coordinator: Ms. Vanessa Aboudi

15:00 - 16:00 - Plenary Panel

Think tanks and the Media.


  • Henri Mokambi - Présidente de l’Institut Concorde – Gabon
  • Paulette Ndong - Journaliste/Chef de rubrique Mutations – Cameroon
  • Leopold Dasi - Senior Reporter - Le Messager – Cameroon
  • Yerima Kini Nsom

Reporter: The Post Newspaper – Cameroon

Moderator: Mr Ayukmba Nkonghonyor – Senior Communications Manager

Rapporteurs : Ms Larissa N

Session Coordinator: M. Antem Anthony

16:00 - 17:00 - Roundtable Session

Ideas Room – Think Tanks interested in collaborating brainstorm together. Think tanks meet in thematic research areas of interest (economy, health, governance, security, rights, WEE, care economy, AfCFTA etc)

Facilitator: All division leads.

Rapporteurs: All assistants/associates

17:00 - 17:30 - Participants share their reflections and takeaways from the day's sessions

17 :30 - 18 :00 – Recap

18 :00-18 :15 – Closing remarks

18 :30 – DINNER