Join Atlas Network & CDE Great Lakes as we convene the 2021 Africa Liberty Forum Online!

The 2021 Africa Liberty Forum Online—#AfricaLF21—is sponsored by Atlas Network and co-hosted with our partner organization in Burundi, Centre For Development & Enterprises Great Lakes.  Due to the continuing restrictions we face from the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will take place virtually and will be held in CENTRAL AFRICA TIME from Monday, June 21 (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. UTC +2) to Tuesday, June 22, 2021 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. UTC +2).

This is an exceptional opportunity for you to hear from distinguished speakers, participate in interactive breakout sessions, and engage with individuals across the region from the comfort of your own streaming device. Africa Liberty Forum Online will bring together friends of the freedom movement across Africa to discuss challenges facing the region and to highlight civil society efforts that move public policy in the direction of human prosperity. Together, we’ll celebrate the most successful projects by Atlas Network partners during the announcement of the 2021 Africa Liberty Award and the Africa Think Tank Shark Tank Competition.

Attendance at Africa Liberty Forum is limited, and the staff of Atlas Network partner organizations from Africa will be given preference to attend. We ask that attendees from other regions will help ensure that the conversation remains focused on current affairs in the relevant region and is to the benefit of our partners in Africa.

Major sponsorship for Atlas Network’s Regional Liberty Forums is generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, Freda Utley Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Sarah Scaife Foundation.

If you have already registered for Africa Liberty Forum Online, instructions to join will be sent to you by email from Chelsea.Schick@AtlasNetwork.org within the week prior to the event.




This is a tentative representation of our Regional Liberty Forum schedule that includes our core Shark Tank Competition and our Regional Liberty Awards. Along with this are various breakout sessions, plenary discussions, breaks, and other interactive activities. Subject to change.



Day 1 – Monday, June 21 (11:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. CENTRAL AFRICA TIME, UTC +2)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Registration Opens / Cohort Meetups

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Opening Remarks & Plenary Session 

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Panel Session 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Big Idea Session

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Panel Session

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Regional Liberty Awards and Closing Discussion


Day 2 – Tuesday, June 22 (11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. CENTRAL AFRICA TIME, UTC +2)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Think Tank Shark Tank Competition

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Skills-based Session 

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Cohort Meetings

Our 2021 Africa Liberty Forum Online will be hosted through T!LT, our online platform. This platform is easy to navigate and will help you connect to all live sessions, meetings, and breakout groups in our scheduled program. If you’d like to have a preview of how T!LT works, please feel free to visit the Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2020 legacy site to watch recorded sessions from our most recent event on demand.

The Regional Liberty Awards are part of the Templeton Freedom Award Prize Program and annually recognize think tanks that have made important contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition in their regions. The Templeton Freedom Award Prize Program awards $270,000 in prizes each year and is generously supported by the Templeton Religion Trust.

Atlas Network will select one Regional Liberty Award winner from each of the following world regions: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Middle East & North Africa. To be considered for a Regional Liberty Award, organizations are asked to complete an application for the 2021 Templeton Freedom Award in full; all completed applications will be considered for both awards.

To apply for a Regional Liberty Award, please select this link.

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