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Our Approach

Synthesis and translation of evidence. We conduct systematic reviews and rapid synthesis of evidence. We also review policy documents, and study programme environments to identify opportunities where evidence can be used to improve the quality and reach of public services, especially to under-served populations.

Research. Our research addresses or anticipates specific policy questions. We conduct secondary analysis of data on the SDGs, to understand patterns and trends and compare and contrast with progress across the African continent. We also contribute evidence to discourses on topical issues through research publications, discussion papers, and conference presentations.

Providing technical assistance to enable local, national, and regional governments to integrate various issues in their development plans and budgeting processes, and to manage programme implementation and performance.  We support governments to conduct policy reviews, analyses of existing survey, census, and administrative data, scenario building and forecasting.

Bringing evidence directly to decision-makers in clear, usable formats. AFIDEP provides direct technical assistance in the use of evidence to government teams that design policies, strategies and intervention programmes.

Connecting researchers and end-users. Our approach of working hand-in-hand with decision-makers at sub-national, national and regional levels enables us to understand their evidence gaps, which we communicate to researchers, to ensure that they produce evidence that meets these needs.

Building EIDM expertise across the continent. We train policymakers to strengthen their leadership and skills for EIDM. We also strengthen the capacity and skills of researchers and knowledge translators in effective engagement with policymakers.

Partnerships. To multiply our impact, we partner with diverse stakeholders, including other knowledge experts, researchers, development partners, CSOs, NGOs, ecumenical bodies/FBOs, the private sector and the media.

Strengthening the African voice in global development discourse. We use the results of our analyses and our experience gained from working with decision-makers in Africa to inform the policies of the international development community and their investments in Africa, to ensure that their priorities for the continent take the perspectives of African professionals into account.