Between June 6-13, 2019, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) trained early career researchers from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in effective communication of their research. The purpose is to develop the capacity of these researchers in translating their research for policymakers and other non-scientific stakeholders in order to ensure research is used to improve development effectiveness.

The workshop, a stimulating six-day programme held in Lilongwe, involved plenary discussions, small working groups, individual practical exercises, role plays, and conversations with policymakers and leading researchers working with policymakers. Through all these, the researchers gained knowledge and hands-on skills in, among others, analysing the policy context and policy actors, translating complex research findings and packaging these for policy actors, and building and sustaining relationships with policymakers.

Reflecting on the workshop, workshop participants had the following to say:

The workshop is just a part of a comprehensive training and mentorship programme that the researchers will benefit from. The programme runs from April-December 2019 and involves several webinars, this face-to-face workshop, and development of various policy-oriented research products (policy briefs, blogs, infographics). The programme is part of PRB’s PACE programme funded by USAID. AFIDEP has been collaborating with PRB in the implementation of the annual programme since 2018.

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