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 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.
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
To address this lack of awareness and under-prioritisation of sepsis, Dr Paul Kawale, a public health social scientist and Knowledge Translation Scientist at the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), was interviewed by journalist Meclina Chirwa in a live broadcast on Timveni Radio in Malawi. Dr Kawale is project manager on the African Research Collaboration on Sepsis (ARCS). The interview was designed to spark dialogue on sepsis in an effort to bring greater awareness to the issue.
At ICPD Cairo ’94, Governments agreed that that education is the single most important element on the road to equality and empowerment of girls women. So far, findings from I-LEARN have shown that poverty is a major driver of both teen pregnancy among girls in school and of school dropouts. It was noted that families often struggle to pay for basic needs, including but not limited to school fees, school supplies, and boarding costs. In some instances, girls seek support from boys or men to meet these basic needs, after which they may be pressured into sex. In others, parents pressure or force their underage daughters to marry so that the groom can provide material support to the family, or simply so that their daughter will be supported by someone else. This indicates that greater efforts are needed in understanding and removing social and cultural barriers that hinder girls from completing school after pregnancy.
The Executive Director of the African Institute for Development Policy, Eliya Zulu, spoke to Njiraini Muchira of The East African. What does the use of evidence in policymaking entail? The aim is to make sure that decision-makers have reliable and quality evidence every time they make decisions to improve the well-being of people. Evidence
Between 13 – 14 June 2019, AFIDEP conducted a training with researchers from the International Multidisciplinary Programme to Address Lung Health and TB in Africa (IMPALA). The focus of the training was on enhancing the scholars’ ability to communicate evidence from their research projects in simple formats that can easily be understood by non-experts