The Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum convened around one specific issue of critical importance to Africa that demands committed leadership and sound governance. Each year it takes place in a different African country.
The Ibrahim Forum:
- provides a platform for prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society and regional institutions as well as Africa’s international partners to meet to discuss the continent’s most topical issues.
- is streamed live on the internet to facilitate an interactive discussion with a global audience.
- aims at going beyond simply stating issues and renewing commitments to having an open and frank discussion around policy changes and priorities for action.
- is supported by a ‘Facts & Figures’ document, compiled in advance by the Foundation and comprised of a detailed, data-driven analysis of each issue, which forms the basis of an informed and constructive debate.
Public service in Africa
The Ibrahim Forum will focus this year on Public Service in 21st century Africa: its key relation to good governance and effective leadership, its new challenges and current shortcomings, the ways and means to strengthen it and make it appealing to the next generation.
Without strong public services and committed civil servants, at local, national, regional or continental levels, there will be no efficient delivery of expected public goods and services, nor implementation of any commitment, however strongly voiced.
The discussion will be organised around three sessions:
- Session 1: Identifying the demand
- Session 2: Assessing the supply
- Session 3: Building a sound contract between citizens and the state.
We will have a diverse line-up of speakers representing civil society, the private sector, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners. All sessions will be streamed live on the Foundation’s Facebook page and on our website.