Ms. Velia Manyonga, Head of the Research Division at the Parliament of Malawi, is the first recipient of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award (AELA). In this video, she speaks about her work in supporting and advocating for evidence use among Malawi Members of Parliament, which made her eligible for the Award.

The first winner of this prestigious award, Ms. Manyonga was vetted by the membership of the Network, as well as the advisory group of the AEN, which spans not only Africa but the globe and includes distinguished individuals working in evidence-informed decision-making.

As part of the award, she will receive a travel bursary to attend an evidence event of her own choice; have her registration fee, flights to, and accommodation for Evidence 2018 totally covered by the Africa Evidence Network; and present her work at the conference as a keynote speaker.

Ms. Manyonga was selected out of a pool of government officials, civil society, and researchers, – among others –who were all eligible to apply for the award.

“This award has been made possible by the support we got from think tanks like AFIDEP…” – Ms. Velia Manyonga

The AELA was launched in 2018 by the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to recognise and honour people who have raised the awareness of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa.

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