Meles Zenawi Lecture Series

As per the tradition of the Tana Forum, the annual Meles Zenawi Lecture pays tribute to a prominent African leader. In 2019, the lecture will pay tribute to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician.  

Born in September 1936, the life of Madikizela-Mandela encompassed commitments to community upliftment, opposition to apartheid and determination to build a non-racist, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.

Previous Meles Zenawi Lectures have discussed the following leaders:

  • 2nd Tana Forum: Lecture on Meles Zenawi delivered by Professor Andreas Eshete (2013)
  • 3rd Tana Forum: Lecture on Nelson Mandela delivered by Adebayo Olukoshi (2014)
  • 4thTana Forum: Lecture on Kwame Nkrumah delivered by Ali Mufuruki (2015)
  • 5th Tana Forum: Lecture on Patrice Lumumba delivered by Elikia M’Bokolo (2016)
  • 6th Tana Forum: Lecture on Wangari Mathaai delivered by Akere T. Muna (2017)
  • 7th Tana Forum: Lecture on Abdel Nasser delivered by Samia Nkrumah (2018)

State of Peace and Security in Africa

This State of Peace and Security in Africa (SPSA) report is a background paper prepared annually for the Tana Forum. It provides contextual information that informs the nature and quality of debate on peace and security issues. It also sets the stage, guides the conversation, and ultimately helps in shaping the debate around the theme of the year.

Presented annually during the opening ceremony, the report also offers a panoramic view of the African security landscape by assessing the factors of insecurity associated with the theme of the year and indicating the current trends and crosscutting issues causing insecurity for citizens across the continent.

The SPSA Report is expected to provide a succinct overview and analysis of the most salient conflict trends and offer a nuanced understanding of the efforts and responses that are designed to manage complex peace and security challenges on the continent.

Annual Book Launch

One of the key activities of the Tana Forum is the Annual Book Launch, where published authors – both African and non-African – have the opportunity to present their books on peace, security, governance or development.

The Forum provides an opportunity for authors to present their books to the Forum’s participants, a diverse gathering of African heads of state and government, decision-makers at the AU, UN and other international organizations, academia and members of civil society.

For the 7th Tana Forum in 2018, the selected book was “New Fringe Pastoralism: Conflict, Security and Development in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel” published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The first book launch for the 6th Tana Forum in 2017, the selected book was “Making Africa Work”, published by President Olusegun Obasanjo, Greg Mills, Dickie Davis and Jeffrey Herbst.

For the 8th Tana Forum, set to take place on 4-5 May 2019, interested authors are invited to submit their book proposals to the Tana Forum Secretariat. Authors should submit the following to before 28 February 2019:

  • An expression of interest stating: the title of book, publication date and edition, language, and significance to the Forum;
  • Abstract (max 500 words);
  • Author(s) biography and;
  • CV

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee consisting of internal and external reviewers. Shortlisted authors will be asked to submit the full text of the book in soft copy. The copy will not be distributed beyond the review committee. Only one book will be featured at the launch.