Evidence use in African Parliaments: Lessons from AFIDEP’s work

Given ongoing reforms over the last two decades, parliaments in Africa are increasingly playing an important role in development efforts. This is the reason why AFIDEP prioritises parliaments in its efforts to support government institutions to improve policy and investment decisions for more effective development. At national level, we have worked with the Parliaments

Lessons from AFIDEP’s pioneer work in strengthening capacity for evidence use

With funding from DFID, AFIDEP implemented one of the pioneer programmes aiming to strengthen individual and institutional capacities and leadership to increase demand and use of evidence in decision-making between 2013 and 2017. The Strengthening Capacity to Use Research Evidence in Health Policy (SECURE Health) programme was a multi-partner, multi-country initiative implemented in the

Can evidence solve the governance challenge in Africa?

Good Governance Strand Leader Director – Science Communications & Evidence Uptake, African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), Kenya  [As published 26 April, 2018 on the Africa Evidence Network] Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, once said, “good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development”. This is because bad governance that often

Motivations and enablers of evidence use: A conversation with a Member of Parliament and a Principal Secretary in Malawi

I spent last week in Lilongwe co-facilitating a training workshop for doctoral researchers just about to complete their PhDs and dive deep into research careers. The workshop was a collaboration between AFIDEP and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). Among others, the workshop challenged and encouraged the researchers to put policymakers at the centre of

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