The East Africa Dialogue Series is a regionally-focused public engagement initiative of the East African Institute of the Aga Khan University, with generous support from International Development Research Centre, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, and the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment.

The Dialogue Series provides a platform for individuals and groups to address critical issues facing East Africa. The series will engage a cross-section of African stakeholders committed to tackling the continent’s most pressing problems systematically, and incorporate both scientifically based and experiential evidence with an aim to generate practical and ethically driven solutions to Africa’s existing and future development problems. At its core, the dialogue series will: challenge existing paradigms; ask new questions; focus on solutions; and, raise the level of public debate and engagement.


To promote informed and sustained public exchange on issues confronting the East African region


A region with a shared understanding of our common destiny at the most fundamental level while stimulating new ideas, perspectives and evidence-base that can inform policy and development planning.

The East African Institute of the Aga Khan University

The East African Institute (EAI) of the Aga Khan University was established in 2012 to undertake policy research, analysis, capacity building and public engagement in areas of socio-economics, education, science, creative economy and environment. The overarching objective of the EAI is to catalyze and support through research, education, and community engagement an adaptive approach to evidence-based policy that explicitly recognizes complexity, uncertainty and surprise as inherent properties in the context of policy-making and implementation.


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