Since December 2018, AFIDEP and the African Academy for Sciences (AAS) have been implementing the Evidence Leaders in Africa (ELA) Initiative which has sought to expand researchers’ leadership in promoting and enabling the use of evidence in policy formulation and implementation by African governments. As ELA, which is funded by the Hewlett Foundation, comes to its completion this year, AFIDEP and AAS will be hosting a three-part webinar series to share key highlights and lessons of the initiative.
The virtual webinar series themed, Unlocking Researchers’ Potential to Influence Development Policy, Programmes and Practice’ will take place on various dates in the month of August.
Taking place on 26 August 2021 at 4.00 – 5.00pm (East Africa Time), this third and final webinar will provide a platform to share overarching lessons from the ELA initiative’s efforts to empower and inspire African researchers to play a central role in promoting and facilitating evidence use in development efforts in Africa.
The first webinar focused on experiences of researchers in institutionalising Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (EIDM) in government agencies in Africa. It was held on 5 August 2021. The session featured four African researchers who are beneficiaries of ELA seed grants that were competitively awarded to the scholars having demonstrated innovative approaches to promote the use of evidence in government agencies in their countries.
- Eucharia Nwaichi: Developing Guidelines for Evidence Use in the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (Nigeria)
- Temitope Sogbanmu: Establishment of a Researchers-Policymakers Forum for Evidence Use in Environmental Management Policymaking in Nigeria
- David Bakibinga: Transmission pathways for EIDM in Uganda
- Faith Mabiki: Capacity Building and Promotion of EIDM among Researchers and Policymakers for Enhanced Evidence Use in Tanzania
The second webinar took place on 12 August 2021 at 4.00 – 5.00pm (East Africa Time) and shared lessons from ELA’s training and mentorship of researchers in African Universities on research translation and policy engagement.