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14 May 2020 / Policy Documents

The purpose of this brief is to examine the medium and long-term opportunity costs of different strategies aimed at lessening the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malawi. The brief focuses on moderate lockdown measures largely referring to social restrictions as promoted through school closures as well as movement and livelihood restrictions principally minimising social contact.

13 May 2020 / Bi-Annual Newsletter

July – December 2019 Newsletter

24 April 2020 / Policy Briefs

Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as ‘sleeping sickness,’ is a neglected tropical disease caused by subspecies of the parasite Trypanosoma brucei transmitted by tsetse flies. There has been a surge in the number of cases of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT)in Malawi in 2019/2020. HAT interventions in Malawifocus on diagnosis and treatment with limited vector-control. Strengthening diagnostic and treatment capacity, increasing vector-control and conducting surveillance could reduce and eventually eliminate rHAT in Malawi.

7 April 2020 / Journal Articles

Digital Health Information Systems (HIS) have potential to improve the finances of health-care organisations in lower income countries through better tracking of patients and procedures, more timely billing, greater professional accountability and more informed decisions. However, little is known about how HIS influence these processes in such settings or how contextual and social factors mediate their implementation and impacts. This study investigated whether, and through what mechanisms, the implementation of a modular HIS influenced revenue capture from patient billing in a large referral hospital in Malawi, drawing on the perspectives of complex socio-technical systems, health system strengthening and ICT for good-governance.

7 April 2020 / Policy Briefs

Malawi is planning the 2021 insecticide-treated net (ITN) distribution campaign to potentially include the deployment of Interceptor® G2 (IG2) nets. This policy brief aims to inform this decision by presenting: current evidence supporting the efficacy and use of IG2 nets; and plans for PIIVeC research to address key evidence gaps.

6 April 2020 / Research Reports

The Evidence-Informed Policy-Making (EIPM) field seeks to inculcate a culture of evidence use in decision-making to ensure the right investments are made towards development policies and practice. This report explores the EIPM landscape with the aim of understanding the barriers of evidence use in policy-making and the ways of measuring EIPM impact. The report finds that the most common barriers in the EIPM system to include: lack of specialist technical skills among decision makers to access, apply and appraise research; an absence of organisational systems, incentives and time for decision makers to use evidence; weak links between researchers and policymakers; […]

6 March 2020 / Policy Documents

Migration has been part of human history for thousands of years with proven positive effects. Nevertheless, in some parts of German and European societies, migration is increasingly perceived and portrayed as not beneficial. This policy paper provides an African perspective on migration highlighting the links between a growing population, the lack of economic prospects and the future of job markets. In their contribution to the paper, experts from the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), Dr Eliya Zulu, Executive Director, and Dr Bernard Onyango, Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst explain how the growing youth bulge can turn into a success […]

12 February 2020 / Journal Articles

Knowledge translation (KT) is a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge to yield beneficial outcomes for society. Effective KT requires researchers to play an active role in promoting evidence uptake. This paper presents a systematised review of evidence on low- and middle-income country (LMIC) researchers’ KT capacity, practice and interventions for enhancing their KT practice (support) with the aim of identifying gaps and informing future research and interventions. You can find the article here, for the open-access PDF. Authors: Violet I. Murunga, Rose N. Oronje, Imelda Bates, Nadia Tagoe, and Justin Pulford […]

9 February 2020 / AFIDEP Times

A special edition newspaper to commemorate the launch of “Strategy 2024”. Find all the 2019 AFIDEP programme exclusives.                          

19 December 2019 / Journal Articles

This paper discusses our experiences and lessons from the Strengthening Capacity for Evidence Use in Health Policy (SECURE Health) project implemented in Kenya and Malawi to strengthen capacity for evidence use within the ministries of health (MoHs). The intervention implemented simultaneous activities to build technical skills at the individual level, strengthen institutional policies and structures that enable evidence use, and cultivate a supportive political environment for enabling increased demand and use of evidence in health policy-making in Kenya and Malawi. This paper discusses fresh, context-specific lessons and insights in strengthening institutional and individual capacities in government agencies for evidence use in Kenya and […]

6 December 2019 / Strategic Plans

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is pleased to launch a new strategic plan for the period 2020-2024. In line with our purpose to have evidence used consistently to transform lives in Africa, the new road map for the institute outlines ways through which we aim to promote a shift from a culture of low evidence use in decision-making to a setting where policy and programme actors actively seek and routinely use evidence. In doing so, the right investments can be made towards development that transforms the lives of all African people.

9 November 2019 / Development Perspectives

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 […]