In 2017, AFIDEP contributed to promoting the value of evidence in policy formulation and development planning in Africa. We worked with government officials in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe and eSwatini to co-produce evidence on the prospects for harnessing the demographic dividend. This informed strategic changes in the way the countries highlighted investments in human capital development in their medium and long-term development strategies.
There was a major shift whereby we increased focus on strengthening capacity for evidence use at sub-national levels of government. We worked in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in six counties that account for over half of maternal deaths in Kenya to develop a performance monitoring and accountability system.
We further worked towards promoting institutionalisation and a culture of evidence-use in the public sector across Africa; and enhancement of the role of African parliaments in promoting democratic governance and accountability in service delivery and use of public resources.