This issue of the African Development Perspectives, we hope to refocus researchers, decision-makers, and practitioners on the role of evidence in addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Africa, with the backdrop of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA), signed by 179 governments twenty-five years ago, in 1994, in Cairo, Egypt, and the Nairobi Summit in November 2019, where delegates will converge to reaffirm the commitments to accelerate the promises made at the 1994 Conference.
Providing a variety of interesting articles on the state of SRHR in Africa, this Issue delves into what the evidence says about the successes in SRHR over the past 25 years and points to the gaps in knowledge. It also explores how, and whether, the progress registered so far in achieving good SRHR outcomes, which are fundamental human rights of all girls, boys, men, and women, can be fast-tracked, and how this progress is linked to the achievement of many SDGs.
This issue of the African Development Perspectives brings you a wide range of lessons, experiences, and insights drawn from past and ongoing efforts to increase the use or consideration of evidence in development efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. The Issue is a collage of interesting topics covering capacity building for evidence-informed policymaking (EIPM), evidence in African parliaments, the role of evidence in unlocking the policy implementation impasse in many resource-poor countries, designing evaluations that can be used in informing government decisions, networks promoting EIPM in Africa, the central place of politics in EIPM, and monitoring and measuring EIPM efforts.
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Development Perspectives, a new biannual publication from AFIDEP. The Development Perspectives will provide critical evidence-informed analyses and commentary on urgent development challenges in Africa, with the aim of informing policy and programme decisions. Each issue of the Development Perspectives will address a specific development topic and will feature leading experts on the subject matter working in Africa.