AFIDEP at a Glance

AFIDEP works towards systemic actions that drive a cultural shift from low evidence use to a setting where evidence is actively sought and used routinely in decision-making so that the right investments are made towards the transformation of people’s lives for the better.

17 March 2022 / Policy Briefs

In January 2021, the Guttmacher Institute released the first comprehensive compilation of evidence about abortion incidence and safety in Sub-Saharan Africa overall, as well as in each of its four subregions (Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa, and Western Africa). In the report titled: From Unsafe to Safe Abortion in Sub-Saharan Africa: Slow but Steady Progress, the Guttmacher Institute provides an overview of the legality of abortion and describes how often and how safely abortions occur in the region’s 48 countries. It also offers an analysis of the underlying context of abortion—namely, unintended pregnancy and access to modern contraceptives. The reports estimates […]

Our Focus Areas

We focus on clarifying the implications of population change –including population growth, age structure changes, migration and urbanisation– on Africa’s development prospects.
This is an area of our work that aims to promote and nurture strong health systems in African countries in order to make significant progress on persistent health challenges as well as emerging epidemics such as non-communicable diseases, antimicrobial resistance, neglected tropical diseases and many others.
Our work on this theme focuses on synthesising and translating evidence and promoting its use in order to enhance the prioritisation of education and skill development and guide operationalisation of education reforms to turn Africa’s youthful population into a driving force for socioeconomic transformation and development.
Our work on this theme focuses on support African governments to apply systems thinking and planning in their efforts to address the challenges posed by the combined effect of rapid population growth and climate change on the continent.
Our work on this theme focuses on strengthening capacity for evidence-informed decision-making as a mechanism for enhancing better governance and accountability in service delivery and use of public resources. We also look at the intersection of governance with gender equality.
Gender equity is a cross-cutting theme across all of our programmes. We place great emphasis on understanding how to accelerate gender equality, how to address barriers to female participation in all spheres of life, and how to improve health and economic outcomes for girls, boys, men and women.

Our Objectives

In order for Africa to achieve sustained, equitable development, the decision-making practices— especially in the public sector —should be underpinned by evidence. This requires a culture of consistent evidence use, especially in the public sector.
While supporting African governments in policy formulation, we have identified gaps in the use of evidence for priority-setting, programme implementation and performance management. Policymakers’ requests for evidence to help them move from policy formulation to prioritisation of interventions further confirms the existence of these gaps.

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24 May 2022

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Recent Publications

10 May 2022 / Policy Briefs

Although Tuberculosis (TB) affects people of both sexes and all age groups, the highest-burden is in adult men, who accounted for 56% of all global TB cases in 2019. In Kenya, 66% of all cases notified with TB in 2020 were men. Policies on gender and TB should place greater emphasis on the high burden of TB among men and the need to invest in male-friendly diagnostic and screening services, with the aim of reducing undiagnosed TB. This compelling evidence necessitates development of policies that guide a gendered approach to resources and interventions to end TB.

7 April 2022 / Policy Briefs

A range of social factors can act to either exacerbate the health impacts of the environmental effects of climate change or to help mitigate them with public health interventions. These interventions are well articulated in policies that provide collective interventions affecting transformation in social welfare, social institutions and social relations. Kenya has an advanced legal framework and a suite of policies, strategies, plans in place to address climate change.  

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