Webinar series to share outcomes and lessons of the Evidence Leaders in Africa Initiative
Since December 2018, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the African Academy for Sciences (AAS) have been implementing the Evidence Leaders in Africa (ELA) Initiative which has sought to expand researchers’ leadership in promoting and enabling the use of evidence in policy formulation and implementation by African governments. As ELA, which is funded by the Hewlett Foundation, comes to its completion this year, AFIDEP and AAS will be hosting a three-part webinar series to share key highlights and lessons of the initiative.
The virtual webinar series themed, Unlocking Researchers’ Potential to Influence Development Policy, Programmes and Practice’ will take place on various dates in the month of August.
The first webinar, taking place on 5 August 2021 at 4.00 - 5.30 pm (East Africa Time) will focus on the experiences of researchers in institutionalising Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (EIDM) in government agencies in Africa. The session will feature four African researchers who are beneficiaries of ELA seed grants that were competitively awarded to the scholars having demonstrated innovative approaches to promote the use of evidence in government agencies in their countries. These include:
The second webinar will share lessons from ELA’s training and mentorship of researchers in African Universities on research translation and policy engagement. The webinar session will take place on 12 August 2021 at 4.00 - 5.00 pm (East Africa Time).
The last webinar is scheduled for 26 August 2021 at 4.00 - 5.00 pm (East Africa Time) and will provide a platform to share overarching lessons from the ELA initiative’s efforts to empower and inspire African researchers to play a central role in promoting and facilitating evidence use in development efforts in Africa.
Over its run, the ELA project has empowered AAS’ scholars and affiliates to proactively engage governments to use science and innovation and champion the institutionalisation of EIDM in Africa. This has been achieved through key interventions that include:
According to AFIDEP’s Dr. Rose Oronje, who provided the overall technical leadership for the design and implementation of the ELA project, the “ELA project has not only unlocked researchers’ potential to play a more central role in supporting government decision-making, it has also provided important lessons for future programming on institutionalising evidence-informed decision-making in government agencies.”
Join us for the webinar series by registering here: https://forms.gle/ghKjwC8N2Fpu1bpU6