The African Institute for development Policy (AFIDEP) is pleased to announce the release of a new strategic plan for the period 2020-2024. Dubbed Strategy 2024, the plan provides a framework to guide AFIDEP in scaling new heights in its efforts to advance evidence use in transforming lives in Africa.
In Strategy 2024, AFIDEP will expand its scope in advancing evidence use in decision-making as well as providing technical assistance in development programmes. The ultimate goal is to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to AFIDEP’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliya Zulu, Strategy 2024 is guided by an in-depth analysis of the development and political landscape, as well as the external environment; our understanding of how change happens; and lessons learned from our previous work.
Strategy 2024 identifies the following as AFIDEP’s five priority areas:
- Population dynamics and the demographic dividend;
- Health and well-being;
- Transformative education and skills development;
- The environment and climate change ; and
- Governance and accountability
Prof Nyovani madise, Director of Research and Development Policy and Head of Malawi office- AFIDEP says that gender equality is vital and intrinsically linked to the realization of sustainable development. “It is therefore a cross-cutting theme in all our programmes in Strategy 2024.”
Since its establishment in 2010, AFIDEP has been working across Africa to realize sustainable development by strengthening the use of evidence by decision-makers. Over the years, the institution has experienced significant growth and increasingly being recognized as the go-to research and policy institute in the continent. This work has been driven through the previous plan, 2015-2019 which laid a solid foundation for AFIDEP as a thought leader in the evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) field.
Strategy 2024 was developed through a participatory and consultative process that took in sentiments and ideas of dedicated staff, management team, board of directors as well as valuable feedback from funders and partners.
AFIDEP aspires for an Africa where evidence is used consistently to transform lives.