Think Tank-University Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Synthesis Report on 10 Country Studies

Author: PASGR
Year: 2016
Type: Working Paper

PASGR and the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) undertook a 10-country study to address the gap in literature and analysis by asking two overarching questions:

  1. What is the nature of relationships between think tanks and universities?
  2. What is the influence of partner or funding organizations on these relationships?

Based on these two questions the study examines:

  • The types of relationships at institutional and individual levels (formal and informal), in four different areas: research, training/education, policy dialogue, and consultancy;
  • The main drivers of the relationships taking into consideration the contexts in which universities and think tanks operate;
  • The influence of key players in the relationships based on their characteristics;
  • Key barriers to more effective relationships and how these can be overcome; and,
  • Actions to foster better relationships between universities and think tanks.

The study used common survey tools and specific interview questions that involved a selected group of universities, think tanks and third-party organisations in 10 African countries: Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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