The 7 institutions supported by the Think Tank Initiative will gather in Accra, Ghana from March 1-3, 2016, for the official launch of the West African Think Tank Network (WATTNet). The theme for this event, hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), is Transforming West Africa for Inclusive Development and it will take place at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.

The two-day Conference is supported by the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and will bring together government officials, policy makers, academia, business leaders, development partners, and heads of think tanks and research institutions from across the sub-region. It is hoped that following the Conference, WATTNet members will hold follow up discussions with their respective governments and policy makers to optimize impact and stimulate reform.

The objectives of this Conference are to:

  • Launch the West African Think Tank Network (WATTNet)
  • Identify, deliberate on, and develop a shared agenda for the transformation and accelerated development of West Africa
  • Share the findings of research and national policy issues with a view to engendering discussion to inform policy formulation in the sub region
  • Develop Action Plans that will address critical areas such as Job Creation, Good Governance, Regional Integration and Competitiveness, and Gender Equality
  • Obtain a Call to Action and commitment from Heads of Government on the Action Plans



The WATTNet is a network of Think Tanks in West Africa established in September 2015 with the goal of promoting socio-economic and political development in the sub-region through evidence-based research and advocacy. WATTNet seeks to foster sustained collaboration among research institutions and think tanks in the region, and its goal is to generate quality evidence and knowledge on economic, social and political issues that will feed into national and regional policy formulation.