Leading African scholars discuss how they will contribute to the promotion of an evidence use culture in Africa
9 June 2019

In a context where development challenges remain intractable amid limited resources, the role of robust evidence in informing development decisions cannot be overemphasized. But, evidence often fails to play this role because of many reasons. One of these reasons is the current weak institutional capacity that undermines ease of access to evidence, as well as interest and motivation, to use or consider evidence in policy and programme decisions. In this series of videos, some of the leading scholars talk about how they will contribute to efforts to institutionalise evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in their countries.

These scholars were part of a workshop on May 22-24, 2019 in Nairobi that convened top scholars on the continent to discuss the role they can play in efforts to strengthen institutional capacity within government agencies and universities in order to promote and enable a culture of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM). This workshop is part of the Evidence Leaders in Africa (ELA) project that is being implemented by the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the African Academy of Sciences. The ELA project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Dr Temitope Sogbanmu, Lecturer – Faculty of Science, University of Lagos

Prof Fred Otieno, Former Vice Chancellor – Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

Dr Siana Nkya – Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Dar-es-Salaam

Peace Babalola – Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacokinetics, University of Ibadan

Prof. Mary Abukutsa-Onyango – Professor of Horticulture, Jomo Kenyatta University

Prof. Olatunde Farombi – Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Ibadan

Dr. Ochieng Odero – Project Team Leader, East Africa Research Fund (EARF)




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