Tana Forum 2015 (4th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa)

Theme:  Secularism and Politised Faith

Tana 2015 Programme

Below is the full programme of Tana 2015 (4th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, Africa in the Global Security Agenda. Click download PDF to launch the full programme.


Tana 2015 in the Media

Below are links to stories in the media that appeared in the run-up to, during, and after Tana 2015. Click below to access the links to the media stories.

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Tana 2015 in Pre Forum Events

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Public Lecture and Vice Chancellors’ Debate

The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, in conjunction with the Bahir Dar University, will organise a public lecture and a Vice Chancellors’ debate in order to cascade the discussions of the Forum to young generation in universities. Please find below relevant documents.

– Download the Programme of the Public Lecture and Vice Chancellors’ debate
– Download the Concept Note

Universities’ Essay Competition

Africa is the world’s most youthful continent with about 65% of the population under the age of 35. As the continent’s present and future, young people are uniquely impacted by the peace and security challenges. They are also the best equipped to solve them. The Tana Forum Universities’ Competition seeks to engage young voices on issues of peace and security in Africa; and secondly, provide a platform for African youths to present their perspectives on the causes, manifestations and impact of secularism and politicized faith on peace and security in Africa.

The authors of the top three essays will be flown to the host city Bahir Dar, Ethiopia for the 2015 Tana Forum and the best writer will be invited to make oral presentations of her/his essay to African dignitaries and officials from international organizations.

Click here to download the full concept note.
Click here to download the entries of the top three winners: winnerfirst runner-upsecond runner-up

TANA Forum-WANEP Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue

The pursuit for peace is a continental agenda. It is pursused on local, national and regional levels by actors with varying expertise and resources. The Tana Forum-WANEP Regional Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues seeks to make these connections between levels of work and levels of expertise more impactful. With actors from grassroots civil society organizations to international organizations we hone in on the year’s theme Secularism and Politicised Faith and develop a blueprint of action.

This year, we are collaborating with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) to bring together leaders and key individuals in West Africa. The regional multi-stakeholder dialogue will take place at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana on 24th and 25th February 2015.

The broad goal of the Regional Multi-Stakeholder Pre-Forum is to provide an opportunity for a broad-based African constituency to become part of the process of generating inclusive dialogue capable of advancing ownership of African solutions on peace and security. For more information, download the Concept Note.

Find a comprehensive schedule of the speakers and session themes during the 2-day Dialogue taking place in Accra, Ghana

The Tana Forum/WANEP Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue gathered civil civil society experiences and expertise to help inform discussions at Tana 2015 in April. The deliberations produced the following recommendations.

Tana 2015 Speeches

Tana 2015 Discussion Papers

  • Universities Essay Competition- ASSEUHIN Yves Patrice (second runner-up) Tana 2015
  • Concept note of the Tana Forum-WANEP Regional Multi-stakeholder Dialogue
  • Agenda: Tana Forum-WANEP Regional Multi-stakeholder Dialogue
  • Universities Essay Competition- Mohammed Dejen (first runner-up)
  • Programme for the Vice Chancellors’ debate and Public Lecture
  • Concept note for Vice Chancellors’ Debate

Tana 2015 Documents