There is extensive evidence demonstrating that development research, done effectively, can improve public policy and help accelerate development progress. However experience also indicates that in many African countries, data, evidence and analysis fail to significantly inform public policy processes.
The African Evidence Informed Policy Forum explored how best policy researchers, civil society actors, policymakers, academics and members of the private sector can bring timely, relevant, and reliable new knowledge to bear on policy decisions. It sought to understand how different actors engaged in evidence to policy processes in African contexts can work together to foster a culture using social and economic research and evidence in policymaking. The forum also explored avenues for collaboration between these different stakeholders.
As momentum for evidence informed policymaking built on the continent, we hoped that this event would catalyse new forms of engagement between policy research organizations, civil society, academia, policymakers, donors and the private sector.