Tana Forum 2017 (6th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa)

Theme: Natural Resource Governance in Africa

Tana 2017 Programme

Below is the full programme of Tana 2017 (6th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, Natural Resource Governance in Africa). Click download PDF to launch the full programme.


Tana 2017 in the Media

Below are links to stories in the media that appeared in the run-up to, during, and after Tana 2017. Click below to access the links to the media stories.

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2 September 2017

Tana Forum switches venue from Bahir Dar to Hawassa



28 August 2017

Tana Forum 2018 to discuss African ownership and AU reform

RealNews Magazine, Nigeria


28 August 2017

Tana Forum 2018 to discuss African ownership, AU reform

Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC)


19 May 2017

Obasanjo’s antidote to military coups in Nigeria

ALC Radio


18 May 2017

African leaders take the blame for the continent’s resource curse

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)


9 May 2017

Why foreign investors choose Peru and not, erm, Uganda?

Daily Maverick


5 May 2017

Forum calls for stronger African natural resources control

Ghana News Agency


3 May 2017

Pay bad African leaders to leave power – Obasanjo

Ghana News Agency


29 April 2017

Africa’s natural resources fuel industrialization

All Africa/The Ethiopian Herald


26 April 2017

Joyce Banda attends 2017 Tana High-Level Forum in Ethiopia

Face of Malawi


Here are some highlights from the Tana Forum 2017 – Financial News Nigeria

Pax Nigeria


25 April 2017

Takeaways from the 6th Tana Forum on natural resource governance

Real News Magazine


State of peace and security in Africa: little or no change

Real News Magazine


Museveni blames chiefs for loss of Africa’s sovereignty

New Vision


Museveni: Education not key to solving Africa’s problems

Daily Monitor


24 April 2017

African universities vice-chancellor’s debate held at Bahir Dar University

Ethiopia Semonegna


Africa’s security remains a concern as protests increase

New Business Ethiopia


23 April 2017

The 6th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa wraps up



Museveni: I love that man Trump

The Independent


22 April 2017

Museveni in Bahir Dar for security forum on natural resources

The Independent


Africa’s natural resources: From curse to a blessing



Puntland President attends Tana High-Level Forum in Ethiopia

Puntland Mirror

 20 April 2017

Bahir Dar to host the 6th Tana Forum on security in Africa



6th Tana High-Level Forum to be held

All Africa/The Ethiopian Herald


18 March 2017

Preparations finalized for 6th Tana Forum

Fana Broadcasting Agency


15 March 2017

Forum to deliberate on natural resource governance in Africa

AllAfrica/The Ethiopian Herald


14 March 2017

6th Tana Forum to focus on Africa’s natural resource governance



Africa needs to improve governance of natural resources

Ethiopian News Agency


26 January 2017

H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf confirmed to deliver keynote speech at the 2017 Tana Forum

Africa Update Newspaper


25 January 2017

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf confirmed to deliver keynote speech



25 January 2017

Côte d’Ivoire-Inter/La présidente du Libéria conférencière d’honneur du Forum de Tana 2017



25 January 2017

H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf confirmed to deliver keynote speech at the 2017 Tana Forum



25 January 2017

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf choisie pour présider le Forum de Tana prévu en avril 2017

Soleil FM


Liberian President to Give Tana Forum Keynote Address

Real News Magazine


Forum sur la sécurité : La Présidente Ellen Johnson Sirleaf invitée en Éthiopie



Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, conférencière d’honneur du sixième forum de Tana 2017

La Voix Des Decideurs


President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf confirmed 2017 Tana Forum keynote speaker

BizNis Africa


Pres. Sirleaf to address security forum

The New Dawn Liberia


H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf confirmed to deliver keynote speech at the 2017 Tana Forum

Africa Newsroom


24 January 2017

Tana 2017: de la gouvernance des ressources naturelles en Afrique

Financial Afrik


10 January 2017

Joyce Banda on Reaching Girls Before Age 10, Balancing Tradition With Change, and More

Wilson Center

Tana 2017 Summary on the Theme

Natural Resource Governance in Africa

22-23 April 2017, Ethiopia

The scale and diversity of Africa‟s natural resource endowments reveal that the continent alone has 12% of global oil reserves, 40% of global gold deposits, and about two thirds of the world‟s most suitable land for farming and forests.

Tana 2017 Concept Note

  1. Introduction: concept and origin

With a view to contributing to the implementation of the AU Tripoli Declaration of August 2009, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University has taken the initiative to convene an annual high-level forum on security in Africa.

Tana 2017 Pre-Forum Activities

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Gain exposure and exhibit your work at the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia!


The winner’s of this year’s competition are:

Vision 2020: Bolu Ikuemonisan

Stitch in time: Ibrahim Yusuf

Exploitation: Ezeemo Uchechukwu

Once upon a Redemption: Anayo Oleru


How do you interpret natural resource governance in Africa – the theme of the 6th Tana Forum? This year’s theme examines 5 natural resources: extractive resources, land use, in-land water resources, resources of the sea, and forests and biodiversity. One of the most important and contentious issues Africa currently faces in the natural resource sector is how to reverse the misfortunes of exploitation and ‘bring governance back’ in ensuring that benefits accruing from the continent’s providential endowments create new opportunities and positive multiplier effects for citizens and the state. “[Over] the last 60 years, in any particular year, between 40 and 60 per cent of ongoing internal armed conflicts have been linked to natural resources” (AfDB, 2016).

Enter between now and 28 February 2017 to stand a chance to display your artwork to leaders and decision makers working on peace and security in Africa. The top 10 pieces will be displayed and the winner with the most votes from the selection committee will be invited (all expenses covered) to participate in the 6th Tana Forum on 22-23 April 2017.


  • The competition will run from 15 December 2016 to 28 February 2017.
  • Open to African nationals.
  • Submissions are limited to one entry per person.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the artist.
  • All art mediums are eligible: Paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, videos (no longer than 10 minutes), poems, etc.
  • Artists are responsible for all related shipping costs.
  • Sculptures and other 3-dimensional submissions must be no larger than 75x115x75cm and weigh no more than 10kg.
  • Photographs must be high-resolution (minimum 2340×3280 pixels).
  • Paintings/drawings/photographs are limited to 60x90cm and must be unframed and rolled in a protective casing upon submission.
  • All submissions must include a digital photograph for the online voting page.
  • Artists may include a photo of their artwork for use on the online voting page.
  • Submissions can be made online (communications@ipss-addis.org) or sent by post to the address below:

Attention: Dr. Solomon Hassen

Tana Forum Secretariat

Institute for Peace and Security Studies

Addis Ababa University

P.O. Box 1176

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The competition will close on 28 February 2017. All entries will be open to public vote and the artist with the most votes on 1 March 2017 will be declared the winner.

For questions, please write to communications@ipss-addis.org.

Tana 2017 Speeches

Tana 2017 Forum Documents