The African Institute for Policy Development (AFIDEP) and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) are convening distinguished scholars from across Africa for a workshop that seeks to increase their capacity to drive evidence uptake in government decision-making, through knowledge sharing on the pathways to nurturing a culture of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) in government. The three-day workshop will begin on 22 May to 24 May 2019, at the EKA Hotel in Nairobi.
Evidence is critical in identifying the most effective interventions for transformational development outcomes. Yet, the use of scientific research evidence in policy and development programme processes remains relatively limited in the African context. Limited capacity for evidence use is documented as a key factor in limiting evidence use. This is despite increasing interest in evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) initiatives for and by public officials.
The workshop, therefore, seeks to increase the number of academic leaders championing EIDM in Africa by stimulating interest and enhancing the skills and capacities of scholars in contributing to institutionalising a culture of EIDM in governments
It brings together a total of 30 AAS Fellows from West and East Africa that have reached the highest level of excellence in their field of expertise and have made contributions to the advancement of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) in Africa. In addition, the scholars have a long history of engaging policymaking and interventions/programs with evidence and therefore have links, connections, and influence with government agencies.
The workshop will be facilitated by Prof. Nelson Sewankambo, Makerere University College of Health Sciences; Dr. JPR Ochieng’-Odero, National Research Fund; and Dr. Damson Kathyola, Director of Research, Malawi Ministry of Health.
Ultimately the workshop also aims at expanding networks between scholars for the exchange of ideas, good practice and sustainability mechanisms on EIDM