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The benefits of reaching out to your friendly neighbour: the donor This morning’s lively discussion about incentives for collaboration for policy influence touched on two very familiar topics: funder relations and impact, and the interesting nexus between the two. Financial incentives and actual usage of evidence were identified early as good ...
#AfricaEvidence : Tausi Kida on navigating the politics of policymaking Tausi Kida, Executive Director of the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) reflecting on the complex nature of policymaking, and how researchers need to be mindful of the politics that overlays decisions.
The African Informed Policy Forum took place in ...
Laurenz Langer on what he heard at the #AfricaEvidence forum Laurenz Langer, Evidence Synthesis Specialist at the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE), University Johannesburg talks about the strong focus on the ethical and moral dimensions of evidence use which ran through the conference, and inclusion of citizen evidence
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Laurenz Langer on his optimism about the future of evidence use in Africa Laurenz Langer, Evidence Synthesis Specialist at the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE), University Johannesburg shares examples of unique and innovative approaches to embedding evidence in governments across Africa, and is optimistic about the future.
The African Informed Policy Forum took ...
#AfricaEvidence : Rose Oronje on her take -away message Rose N. Oronje, Science Communications and Evidence Uptake, African Institute for Policy Development (AFIDEP), Kenya, talks about the role of evidence use as justice, a concept that has come more prominent in the last 12 months, and reflects on how ...
#AfricaEvidence: Rose Oronje on challenges for researchers Rose N. Oronje, Science Communications and Evidence Uptake, African Institute for Policy Development (AFIDEP), Kenya, talks about how researchers can straggle to understand the need for a different language when communicating with policy makers.
The African Informed Policy Forum took ...
#AfricaEvidence: Shuvai Nyoni on why the conference is important Shuvai Busuman Nyoni is a Gender, Peace and Security expert currently serving as the Executive Director of the African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. She talks about the timeliness of a conference about evidence use in Africa, and why it is ...
#AfricaEvidence: Uduak Amimo on her hopes for the conference Uduak Amimo, journalist in Kenya and co- facilitator of the conference sets out her hopes and ambitions for conferences such as #AfricaEvidence, including that people will come away more convinced of the strategic importance of communicating effectively
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Navigating the different worlds of research, and policy The appetite for and use of evidence in policymaking is growing across the continent of Africa. The key to effective evidence use is active and intentional communication and engagement between those generating research and evidence, and those needing to use ...
A powerful current found in the fishbowl (session) As the first day of the African Evidence Informed Policy Forum comes to an end, I am sure all of our heads are spinning with the myriad of thoughtful comments and questions raised during the panel session and the fishbowl ...
It takes a village….(to get evidence into use) The keynote speaker for the conference, Ian Goldman, talked about the importance of understanding the decision-makers’ point of view when pushing for better use of evidence, alongside the role of other actors in the ‘evidence ecosystem’. Ian is Acting Deputy ...
If evidence is the elephant, we need many voices to describe it The first interactive session of the African Evidence Informed Policy Forum focused on how best to foster the use of evidence by policymakers. This session really was a ‘call to arms’ for all actors working in the evidence to policy ...
TTI to host high-level event on how evidence informs African policy processes There is extensive evidence to demonstrate 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. ...
African Evidence Informed Policy Forum There has been a huge increase in the quantity and quality of data, evidence, and analysis about African policy. But despite extensive evidence that development research can improve public policy, experience is showing that it isn’t influencing policy as much ...

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