Monthly Archives: August 2019

Teen pregnancies in Kenya: A Call to Action

In Kenya, almost 1 in every 5 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are reported to be pregnant or have had a child already. This will no doubt be an important issue of focus for world leaders convening at the 25th International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) to be held 12-14 November 2019 in Nairobi. To put a

Nurturing a culture of evidence-based reporting in the media: AFIDEP partners with the Media Council of Kenya

The media plays an invaluable role in promoting good governance and driving development in Africa. By covering stories, events and investigating issues that directly or indirectly affect the everyday lives of ordinary people, the media creates public awareness, influences behaviour, shapes public policy and opinion, and acts as a watchdog. AFIDEP appreciates the media’s

World Population Day 2019: Accelerating the Promise

On 11 July 2019, AFIDEP joined stakeholders in population to commemorate World Population Day 2019 in Kisayani High School in Kibwezi town, Makueni County. The commemoration was led by the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) – the host of the event and the focal government agency on matters relating to population and

Our 2018 Annual Report: Evidence Drives Policy Decisions and Action

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is pleased to share with you the 2018 Annual report: Evidence Drives Policy Decisions and Action. Read how in 2018, evidence on demographic dividend (DD) informed programme priorities for Africa among development partners, and how various African governments moved from awareness to integration of DD in their population policies

Improving governance in Africa: It’s the media’s role to oversight Parliament

AFIDEP is supporting the Parliament of Malawi to address the issues that undermine its performance. As part of this work, we are working with parliament and the media in Malawi to improve the quality of media coverage of parliamentary affairs. Specifically, this work is focused on improving the relations between parliament and the media to enable sustained exchange and sharing of information, and to develop the capacity of parliamentary reporters to ensure an improved understanding of Parliament, its language, procedures and traditions, and its central role in tackling poverty by enabling good governance.

Leading African scholars discuss their plans to contribute to entrenching an evidence use culture in development efforts in Africa

In a context where development challenges remain intractable amid limited resources, the role of robust evidence in informing development decisions cannot be overemphasised. But, evidence often fails to play this role because of many reasons. One of these reasons is the current weak institutional capacity that undermines ease of access to evidence, as well