Strengthening Capacity to Use Evidence in Policymaking Spaces

This is a crosscutting area of our work that aims to promote and nurture a culture of evidence-informed decision-making in government institutions and parliaments, and build a stronger community of practice in evidence-informed decision-making in Africa. Our work on this theme includes designing and implementing interventions that strengthen institutional and individual leadership and capacities for enabling evidence-informed decision-making in public institutions. We also improve health and other development information systems to enhance performance monitoring and accountability systems needed to ensure sustained evidence-informed action in addressing the continent’s development challenges.

Population change and sustainable development

We focus on clarifying the implications of population change –including population growth, age structure changes, migration and urbanisation– on Africa’s development prospects. We use the evidence on these issues to captivate and strengthen political will and policy responses to prioritise integration of population dynamics in development planning, programme design, and implementation. Our work places particular emphasis on providing the evidence to enable African countries optimize their chances of harnessing the demographic dividend and accelerate socioeconomic transformation.

Reproductive, maternal, child, and adolescent health

We focus on synthesising and translating evidence and promoting its use in order to strengthen health systems in Africa to effectively respond to the many challenges affecting reproductive, maternal, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH). Our aim is to to enhance the prioritization of RMNCAH issues in policymaking and resource allocation and guide determination of cost effective interventions to improve health outcomes for children, adolescents and women.

Education and Skills Development

Our work on this theme focuses on synthesising and translating evidence and promoting its use in order to enhance the prioritization of education and skill development and guide operationalization of education reforms to turn Africa’s youthful population into a driving force for socioeconomic transformation and development.



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