We aim to nurture evidence communities, from broad open networks to smaller more focussed communities of practice. To achieve this, we foster collaboration among those engaged in or supporting evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM). We work to increase knowledge and understanding of evidence-informed decision-making, and we support the broader evidence ecosystem by advocating for evidence-informed decision-making in Africa. We also advocate for Africa’s full voice and participation in the national, regional, and global movements to increase evidence-informed decision-making.


With our physical location in South Africa, we support and foster collaborations with several colleagues in the country who strive to advance EIDM across local communities. We have three main communities that work with us to advance our goals; read more about them below.


ACE serves as the secretariat for the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) which is a pan-African network open to all who live and work on the continent. It comprises a broad community of diverse people dedicated to advancing EIDM in Africa. It is unique in its inclusivity and diversity.


As an integral cog in the larger wheel of the global EIDM arena, ACE hosts, supports, collaborates and learns from other networks globally. These range from environmental networks to evidence synthesis capacity-strengthening networks. You can read more about these below.


The AEN seeks to understand, document and share what individuals and organisations are doing to support evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa. We intend to identify connections and facilitate constructive and mutually beneficial collaborations across the AEN.

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The AEN seeks to ensure that there is improved access to and use of resources to advance capacity in the field of EIDM. We intend to increase Africa-Africa learning through various connections and collaborations.
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The AEN seeks to generate accurate, reliable, clear information about what evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) is as it relates to the African continent and why it matters. We intend to systematically stimulate, collect and share debates, deliberations and discussions on the science and art of supporting evidence-use in Africa.

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