BUILDING AND SUPPORTING THE AFRICA EVIDENCE NETWORK (AEN)

Date: December 2012 – ongoing
Led by: Siziwe Ngcwabe and Ruth Stewart
ACE team: Charity Chisoro, Yvonne Erasmus, Sunet Jordaan, Laurenz Langer, Rhona Mijumbi-Deve, Janine Mitchell, Precious Motha, Promise Nduku, Natalie Tannous and Carina Van Rooyen
Funder: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 2017 – present, building on support from the Department for International Development, United Kingdom 2014-2016
Portfolio: Evidence communities

PROJECT OUTPUT

ACE provides the secretariat to the Africa Evidence Network (AEN). The AEN is a community of 2100 people who have an interest in evidence, its production, and use in decision-making in Africa. Members include researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers from universities, civil society, and government. Members are based in 42 African countries and 19 countries outside Africa. Highlights for the AEN in 2018 include the successful hosting of its Evidence 2018 conference and Evidence 2018 Online. The AEN also participated in conferences and events such as the Africa. Evidence-Informed Policy Forum, the International Data Conference, and the South African Science Forum. Through our webinar series we facilitated a number of discussions and debates with our members and the wider evidence community. In 2018 we formed our new Reference Group of representatives from across the Continent. In order to recognise the growth of innovation in evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa observed across the Network and supported by funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the AEN in 2018 established the first award for EIDM in Africa. The inaugural winner of Africa Evidence Leadership Award was Ms Velia Manyonga, the head of the research division at the Parliament of Malawi.