TTCSP Global and Regional Think Tank Summit Reports

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December 4, 2020

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The Africa Virtual Think Tank Summit was hosted by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) on Friday, December 4, 2020. Think Tanks and scholars from all over the continent and beyond gathered to reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic transformed the world and what implications were unique to Africa. Panelists characterized the pandemic as a black swan event and offered actionable plans to prepare for the effects of the pandemic. The event promoted an optimistic and pragmatic approach to the post-pandemic world and emphasized the need for a ‘Resilient, Responsive, and Inclusive Government.’ The Summit concluded with discussing the T20 and the need to make it ‘Fit for an Uncertain Future.’


Think Tank, Civil Society, NGO, Africa, COVID-19 Pandemic, Black Swan Event, Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania



Date Posted: 08 December 2021