Monthly Archives: June 2018

2018/2019 Kenya national budget: Investing in youth

Ahead of the 2018/2019 national budget reading, Dr. Bernard Onyango, a Knowledge Translation Scientist at AFIDEP discusses the findings of a study on the challenges facing youth in Kenya. He outlines some of the investments the government has already made and what remains to be done in order to leverage on the potential of

Motivations and enablers of evidence use: A conversation with a Member of Parliament and a Principal Secretary in Malawi

I spent last week in Lilongwe co-facilitating a training workshop for doctoral researchers just about to complete their PhDs and dive deep into research careers. The workshop was a collaboration between AFIDEP and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). Among others, the workshop challenged and encouraged the researchers to put policymakers at the centre of

AFIDEP and PRB train doctoral researchers in effective research communication and policy engagement

Between 17-23 June 2018, AFIDEP and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) carried out a training for 11 doctoral researchers from Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, and Nigeria on effective communication of their research to policymakers. The training, which was held in Lilongwe, Malawi, covered seven modules, including the research-to-policy gap; fundamentals of the policy process;

What challenges does urbanisation in Somalia pose? AFIDEP and other regional stakeholders explore solutions at forum

The Department for International Development (DFID) Somalia has brought together researchers, government officials and various Somali stakeholders to a two-day practitioner-level discussion on urbanisation in Somalia. The forum, ‘Technical Dialogue on Urban Resilience in Somalia’, held in Nairobi, Kenya, is taking place from 26-27 June 2018. The discussions at the forum seek to get

Strengthening capacity for evidence use in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health at the county level in Kenya

AFIDEP and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Kenya are running a workshop from 25-27 June 2018 in Machakos County, to improve the knowledge and skills of county staff to use the national reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) scorecard. The scorecard which was developed by the Ministry of Health in 2014

Ms. Velia Manyonga: First recipient of Africa Evidence Leadership Award

Ms. Velia Manyonga, Head of the Research Division at the Parliament of Malawi, is the first recipient of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award (AELA). In this video, she speaks about her work in supporting and advocating for evidence use among Malawi Members of Parliament, which made her eligible for the Award. The first winner