The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) has been part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Searchlight Programme since 2011, and has produced monthly editions of the West Africa Trends newsletter since January 2011.

The Rockefeller Foundation started the Searchlight Programme in 2009, to provide an on-the- ground, regionally focused view of the world, with a particular emphasis on monitoring the economic, societal and political trends which may affect the lives of poor and vulnerable people in the future.

In January 2012, the team produced a Special Issue, which captured the top three trends in the region during the previous year, providing insights, illustration and describing most important interventions from these cutting-edge signals which are likely to grow in scale or geographical application. This will be the only printed version of the newsletter for dissemination to ACET networks.

The Searchlight Function consists of a global network of 11 forward looking, regionally focused horizon scanning and trend monitoring grantees, who produce monthly trend-monitoring newsletters by conducting an ongoing exploration for novel ideas, intervention opportunities, and “clues” to where and how the world is evolving.

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