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Africa Evidence Network Newsletter

July 2022

Hello AEN members, 

Greeting you from the cold winter weather in the city of Johannesburg! 

You'll find the latest EIDM opportunities, academic journal articles, and events in the July edition of the AEN newsletter. Do not miss the Africa Evidence feature story which shares highlights of the recent launch of an evidence base for policymakers, led by the Africa Centre for Evidence researchers in partnership with the Gauteng provincial government colleagues, in support of institutionalizing evidence-use in South Africa.

In this month's AEN blog, a long-standing AEN member shares the network's tremendous contribution to personal development and practice in the EIDM space over the last decade, in the lead-up to the EVIDENCE 2022!

Celebrate ten years of the #AENis10 with us! We are interested in hearing what you have to say about the changes in the #EIDMecosystem over the last decade, and share what you envision the network looking like in the next ten years.

We welcome and encourage your contributions to the AEN newsletter and blog! To share your work or interesting stories from your country or organisation on either of these platforms, send an email to Precious Motha:

The same, great newsletter content is now only available on this one platform shared through the AEN websiteTwitterand LinkedIn accounts. Enjoy the reading experience!

Best wishes,
The Africa Evidence Network team.

Putting the spotlight on…
…a new member! Welcome to Agnes Wasike, a Technical Advisor in Knowledge Management at the Impact and Innovations Development Centre (IIDC), in Kampala, Uganda.

Agnes cordiates the newly established VaCNets Virtual Hub for collating evidence from program practice on ending Violence Against Children in East Africa. Let's get to know Agnes through her first blog exploring how evidence can be used to end Violence Against Children
Want to spotlight yourself, someone you know, or your organisation? Let us know and you could be featured in next month's newsletter.
African Evidence Feature

ACEing institutionalisation of evidence-use in South Africa

Photo Credit: Africa Centre for Evidence
The Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) researchers standing alongside colleagues from the Policy Research and Advisory Services Branch in the Gauteng Office of the Premier, South Africa on 19 July 2022 at the launch event of the GGT2030: Policy Relevant Evidence Matrix.
It was a big day launching the policy-relevant evidence matrix on the Growing Gauteng Together 2030 strategy, co-produced with the team in the Gauteng provincial government office of the premier, and led by seasoned ACE researcher, Promise Nduku. The matrix includes 212 pieces of policy-relevant evidence. Senior researcher at ACE, Laurenz Langer credits Promise for leading this amazing journey which has culminated in the creation of this evidence-base for public policy decision-makers and was inspired by Harsha Dayal and Africa Centre for Evidence's long-standing efforts to support the institutionalisation of evidence-use in South Africa. Catch all the highlights of the launch event here!
Latest African Evidence News
  • A recent nature article, advocates for support of a vaccine hub for low-income countries and introduces a new initiative with an aim to shift the dangerous imbalance in access to medicines, exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...
  • A recent LSE Impact blog asserts that the Namibian book market perpetuates a whitewashed version of history, which is impacted by ongoing negotiations about reparations for a brutal and violent past. Read more...
  • Scientific coordinators and directors in twelve West African universities participated in a three-day training workshop in Accra, Ghana to develop policy briefs for effective communication with decision-makers.  Read more...
  • The United States Agency for International Development through the CARISCA Hackathon 2022 awarded five student groups from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with financial support to develop problem-solving modules for societal transformation. Read more... 
Mark your calendars
  • 20 July: AEN Evidence Capacities Webinar 7, Measuring EIDM capacity development, Online.
  • 20 July: University of Cambridge, How to use Conservation Evidence to support biodiversity activities? Online
  • 28 July: Organisational Support; An Evidence Based Approach. Online 
AEN Blog

Embracing organic, long-term learning through network membership:
My 10-year Experience with the AEN

Leading up to EVIDENCE 2022 from 19-21 September, we have long-standing AEN member, Ronald Munatsi sharing how he caught the 'evidence bug' through an AEN-hosted EVIDENCE event and his ten-year journey with the AEN in this month's AEN blog

View all AEN blog posts online and use the Network to share your work – submit your AEN blog here and feature your work to our 3000+ members in 2022!
International Evidence Feature

An evidence-based approach to environmental funding

Credit: Vangelis Koulouris/flickr
Academic welcomes the surging hikes in environmental spending but cautions funders to first use evidence to inform project funding decisions. 

According to a recent University of Cambridge article, governments and businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the need to act quickly in order to protect our natural world, thereby increasing funding for environmental research. Professor Bill Sutherland, who is dedicated to making conservation evidence freely available to everyone hopes that future conservation projects will be based on the best available evidence, just like in medicine. Read more...

Latest International Evidence News
  • The Pew Research Center conducted a survey representative of the United States (US) adult population. The Center shares findings on how the U.S adult population views climate, environmental and energy issues in light of Joe Biden's administration's approach to climate change. Read more... 
  • How does B2B Surveys Service meet business client demand for rapid evidence to inform critical business decisionsRead more...
  • Environmental groups argue that changing the definition of natural gas and nuclear power to "sustainable" energy sources by the European Union lawmakers ignores scientific evidence and will only complicate efforts to curb climate change. Read more... 
Hot off the press
  • Clyne et al: 'Perspectives on the production, and use, of rapid evidence in decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study'  
  • Homer et al: 'Changing the culture: a qualitative study exploring research capacity in local government'
  • Shepherd et al: '(Re)Conceptualising ‘good’ proxy decision-making for research: the implications for proxy consent decision quality'
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