Research Reports

  • Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: The Future We Want for Zambia January, 2017

    Zambia’s Demographic Dividend study assessed the economic and human development potential of our country in the short, medium and long-term using a comprehensive approach. It generated relevant policy and programme information to guide a well-blended policy-mix required to propel Zambia towards achieving its Vision 2030 aspiration of becoming a prosperous middle income country.

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  • Harnessing the Demographic Dividend to Accelerate Socio-economic Transformation and Economic Development in Malawi April, 2016

    The population of Malawi is youthful, with almost half (47 percent) aged 18 and below. This youthful population is Malawi's greatest resource. If properly nurtured and supported, the youth will positively contribute to Malawi's socio-economic development. The Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in collaboration with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) under the leadership of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commissioned the National Demographic Dividend Study in 2015. UNFPA provided financial and technical support for the study and commissioned the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) to provide technical leadership in conducting the study.

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  • Report of the Baseline Survey on the Context and Status of Research Use in Policy Formulation at the Ministry of Health in Kenya. January, 2016

    This project report derives from a baseline policy analysis study to assess the status of research use in the formulation of policies by the Ministry of Health in Kenya (MoH). The study was conducted as part of the SECURE Health (Strengthening Capacity to Use Research Evidence in Health Policy) programme in Kenya, whose overall objective is to optimise access and use of research evidence in health sector decision-making, planning and programming. The SECURE Health programme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to implement and evaluate interventions aimed at addressing individual and institutional bottlenecks that prevent policy-makers from effectively accessing and using research evidence in their work. It (SECURE Health) is a three-year project implemented through a partnership of the MoH, parliament and the SECURE Health Consortium led by the African Institute of Development Policy (AFIDEP). Other partners in the Consortium include the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR), FHI 360 and the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC)

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  • 2015 ResUp MeetUp Symposium Report July, 2015

    The ResUp MeetUp (Research Uptake)community is designed to help research uptake and communication professionals keep up-to-date with this rapidly evolving field. The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), the Institute of Development Studies (UK) and Quaternary Consulting convened the first ResUp MeetUp Symposium and Training Exchange in Nairobi, Kenya, from February 9–12, 2015. The overarching goal of the forum was to explore issues surrounding the utilisation of research evidence in decision-making by policymakers, programme implementers and communities, among others (i.e. research uptake). Research uptake is an emerging field that is not yet very well understood. As such, the forum sort to explore emerging issues in the processes of research uptake in order to develop a deeper understanding of the evolving concept of research uptake.

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  • Synthesis Report on the Demographic Dividend in Africa May, 2015

    About half a century after it was established and many of its member states gained independence, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 set the stage for the continent to transform into an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena” in the next 50 years. Agenda 2063 was formulated at a time when the continent is enjoying an economic renaissance characterised by steady economic growth over the past decade or so. African economies are projected to continue growing in future, buoyed by rapidly increasing foreign direct investment for infrastructure development, investments in the extractive industry, and impressive growth in information and communications technology.

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  • An Assessment of Capacity Needs for Application of Research Evidence in Decision-Making in the Health Sector in Malawi September, 2014

    This study was undertaken to understand the current level of capacity of the Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH) and Parliament to use research evidence in decision-making and the factors that influence capacity to use research evidence in decision-making.

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