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The Centre for Advanced Strategic Leadership (CASTLE) is a non profit organization that was established to provide research and consultancy towards approaches for addressing challenges to Africa’s advancement.

Dr. James Magara

Statement From The Chairman

Africa still trails the world in the presence of think tanks. A global survey released by the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania in January 2019 revealed that as of December 2018, of the global total of 8248 think tanks, only 7.4 percent (only 612) are in sub-Saharan Africa. Unlike ancient times, the Africa continent is currently a significant net consumer of knowledge and not a net producer.

This lack of adequate think tank capacity has been a major constraint on the development of sub Saharan Africa. Since Independence there are has been a dearth of independent thinking at the national level in most African countries. The result has often been the blind following of roads paved by others without regard to local situations or the aspirations of the people affected. The experience of the developed world and the more recent experiences of East Asian nations show that both state and non-state indigenous think tanks have crucial roles in improving the planning frameworks to translate development aspirations and priorities into concrete results. State and non-state think tanks have key roles to play in sub Saharan African futures, both as sources of new ideas and research, and as alternate sources of thinking about development vision, agenda, policies, and programs.

According to World Population Review, Africa is the only continent where the population is projected to keep increasing throughout the 21st century. By 2050 the continent’s population is projected to double in size from its current 1.2 billion people to 2.4 billion. Its under-18 population will increase by two thirds to reach almost 1 billion. For Africa’s preferred future, much thinking and planning is crucial from leadership at all levels.

The Centre for Advanced Strategic Leadership (CASTLE) will play a role in contributing to the African marketplace of ideas.

Dr. James Magara
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We are a product of the Institute For National Transformation (INT), a leadership training institution in Africa, which has since 2005 been developing transformational leaders who are serving society in a variety of sectors. INT is headquartered in Nigeria and operates in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire. The INT also has training centres in the United Kingdom and the United States of America for reaching out to the Africa diaspora. CASTLE will complement INT by providing a practical platform to offer tailored interventions to specific issues that will be identified across the African continent.


We exist to promote the application of critical thought leadership to the governance of Africa's key sectors for national transformation. We believe that while the African continent is endowed with a wealth of natural resources, a qualified and experienced workforce and abundant opportunities, the desirable impacts of these combined attributes are often curtailed by challenges of thought leadership, governance and execution. CASTLE seeks to help bridge the gap between knowledge and practice among stakeholders in Africa's transformation, and to do so in a manner that furthers national interests in all respects.


Our services shall include policy research, sustainable strategies for transformation, leadership and governance development, fostering constructive dialogue and innovation among others. Our knowledge products will be developed through convening the relevant expertise with a proven track record of performance. We will target the central and local governments, stakeholders of key sectors of the economy, and public and private institutions.


CASTLE shall conduct its work in a manner that is neutral, respectful of diversity and aligned with national aspirations.