Research Reports

  • Skills at Scale: Transferable Skills in Secondary and Vocational Education in Africa March, 2017

    This study examines three cases in which governments in Sub-Saharan Africa have undertaken reforms of formal secondary as well as TVET systems to better incorporate training in transferable skills. While, until recently, this type of skills training was largely implemented on a small scale by private and non-profit organizations working largely with out-of-school youth, these cases offer early examples of how the governments of Rwanda, Kenya, and Nigeria have brought this training into the formal education system and scaled it up, sometimes dramatically.

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  • Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: The Future We Want for Zambia January, 2017

    Zambia’s Demographic Dividend study assessed the economic and human development potential of our country in the short, medium and long-term using a comprehensive approach. It generated relevant policy and programme information to guide a well-blended policy-mix required to propel Zambia towards achieving its Vision 2030 aspiration of becoming a prosperous middle income country.

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  • Status of Evidence Use in Health Policy Formulation in Malawi: Results from Three Policy Analysis Case Studies November, 2016

    This report draws from a retrospective policy analysis study of the role of evidence in the formulation of health policies in Malawi. The purpose of the study was to provide an understanding of the status of evidence use in past health policy formulation processes in the country. This study was part of the Strengthening Capacity to Use Research Evidence in Health Policy (SECURE Health) programme and its purpose was to provide baseline information on the status of evidence use that would contribute to the assessment of the impact of the SECURE Health programme. As such, the study results would be compared to the results of a prospective policy analysis study (to understand the role of evidence in on-going policy formulation processes) to be conducted during the implementation of the SECURE Health programme.

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  • Mid-Term Review of the Performance of the National Health Research Agenda November, 2016

    In 2011, the government of Malawi adopted a National Health Research Agenda (NHRA) for 2012-2016 to guide investments in health research in order to enable the generation of research that is responsive to the health needs and priorities of the country, with the ultimate aim of improving the health status of its people. The Agenda was expected to contribute to the overall goal of the second Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS II) and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. This rapid assessment, conducted in 2015, set out to establish how effective the Malawi national health research Agenda had been in meeting its objectives in the first three and a half years of its implementation. Specifically, the assessment sought to establish whether the research conducted following the issuing of the Agenda was aligned to the Agenda’s priorities; how the implementation of the research Agenda had enhanced local capacity research conducting; the extent to which the Agenda enabled the uptake of evidence in decision-making; and the extent to which the Agenda facilitated coordination of health research conducted by various stakeholders.

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  • Harnessing the Demographic Dividend to Accelerate Socio-economic Transformation and Economic Development in Malawi April, 2016

    The population of Malawi is youthful, with almost half (47 percent) aged 18 and below. This youthful population is Malawi's greatest resource. If properly nurtured and supported, the youth will positively contribute to Malawi's socio-economic development. The Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in collaboration with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) under the leadership of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commissioned the National Demographic Dividend Study in 2015. UNFPA provided financial and technical support for the study and commissioned the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) to provide technical leadership in conducting the study.

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  • Report of the Baseline Survey on the Context and Status of Research Use in Policy Formulation at the Ministry of Health in Kenya. January, 2016

    This project report derives from a baseline policy analysis study to assess the status of research use in the formulation of policies by the Ministry of Health in Kenya (MoH). The study was conducted as part of the SECURE Health (Strengthening Capacity to Use Research Evidence in Health Policy) programme in Kenya, whose overall objective is to optimise access and use of research evidence in health sector decision-making, planning and programming. The SECURE Health programme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to implement and evaluate interventions aimed at addressing individual and institutional bottlenecks that prevent policy-makers from effectively accessing and using research evidence in their work. It (SECURE Health) is a three-year project implemented through a partnership of the MoH, parliament and the SECURE Health Consortium led by the African Institute of Development Policy (AFIDEP). Other partners in the Consortium include the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR), FHI 360 and the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC)

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