AFIDEP seeks to add value to work being done by various research and other civil society organisations by bringing a holistic scientific perspective in advocacy. By partnering closely with such organisations, AFIDEP will make a substantive contribution toward leveraging resources, expertise, and experiences in the development field.
The Institute will establish partnerships with key regional bodies that have the power to convene top-level government policy-makers and leaders. These will include the African Union, NEPAD, SADC, ECOWAS, and the East African Assembly. The Institute will work closely with these bodies to develop and disseminate policy papers on specific issues and seek commitment for action from governments, international development partners, and other stakeholders. AFIDEP will also establish partnerships with national think tanks focused on policy analysis and engagement. The Institute will work with such organisations in implementing country-specific activities so that there is local ownership of the work. The Institute will forge collaborative partnerships with key professional associations and networks in the population and health field in order to reach out to a broader audience of professionals and institutions focused on producing as well as using research evidence. Strong partnerships will also be established with key regional and international research institutions and networks that are generating and promoting the use of various forms of research evidence.
The Institute has established partnership modalities with the following regional and international organisations:
The initial financial support for establishing AFIDEP is provided by the nonprofit organisation Venture Strategies for Health and Development based in Berkeley, California.
Venture Strategies was created to improve the health of low income people in resource-poor settings, by reducing barriers that inhibit women from having access to options about their childbearing; supporting the availability of promising health technologies that have potential for large scale impact around the world; and increasing understanding of the imperative of slowing population growth within a voluntary, human rights framework.