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Africa Evidence Network Newsletter

November 2022

Hello AEN members, 

Hello from sunny Johannesburg!

The November issue of the AEN newsletter features conversation highlights focused on evidence-informed decision-making from the 27th United Nations Climate Conference (COP 27) event. We're also keeping you informed about the latest EIDM opportunities, academic journals, AEN blog post, and events as we head toward the end of the year.

The invite is still open for you to let us know what you think about what's changed in the EIDM ecosystem over the last decade, and how you imagine it looking in ten years. Let's celebrate, #AENis10 together! 

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 

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

Best wishes,
The Africa Evidence Network team.

Putting the spotlight on…
…a new member! Welcome to Aaluuba Don-Oboh! Aaluuba joins us as a lawyer who has worked in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria and is currently a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham in the UK. The network appealed to him because it offered him a platform to collaborate with like-minded individuals who shared the same objective of ending poverty in the Niger Delta and throughout Africa.
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

Youth voices want a seat at the climate change policy table

Photo CreditWorld Bank / Flickr
During a COP27 side event attended by young engineers, scientists, and policymakers on 9 November, the crucial role of citizen science was underscored.
A recent article by University World News covers an intergenerational dialogue conducted at the COP27 side event sharing discussions on how to bridge the science-policy divide and improve access to finance. The panelists explored the benefits of including youth in decision-making in developed and developing countries and agreed that young people need to be empowered to engage lawmakers as well as affect structural changes in order to overcome the science-policy divide. Read more...
Latest African Evidence News
  • The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (UNESCO-TWAS) has elected South African Professor, Quarraisha Abdool Karim to serve as the seventh President, she will serve as president from 2023 to 2026, succeeding Sudanese Professor Mohamed Hassan. Read more... 
  • A green industrial policy is needed for Africa to benefit from the global green revolution, including leapfrogging existing technologies. Read more... 
  • In the recently held 2022 science bar camp in Accra, Ghana, Professor Aba Andam shared advice about achieving equitable and sustainable economic growth and development. She emphasized the importance of creating a synergy between evidence-based policy and decision-making in Ghana. Read more... 
  • Introducing the African Climate Research Organizations Tracker, an article by Zainab Usman, discusses how this initiative will boost the profile of African climate research organizations and ensure that the priorities of African countries are represented in global climate debates, as COP 27 that is currently taking place in Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt. Read more...
Mark your calendars
  • 21 November: Global equity in open access publishing: Workshop series on practical mechanisms and action plans to remove barriers for readers and authors | Workshop 1: Africa and Europe, Online
  • 23 November 2022: AIMES, Earth Commission, Future Earth, and the WCRP Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity: Webinar on cloud feedbacks and atmospheric dynamics, Online.
  • 1 December 2022: JPI Urban Europe, ICLEI Africa, and START webinar on Circular African Cities: Community of Practice, Online 
  • 6 - 9 December 2022: World Science Forum 2022, Cape Town, Online 
AEN Blog

3Rs of EIDM: Reflection, Repurposing, and Repositioning

In the November edition of the AEN blog, author, Ronald Munatsi discusses lessons learned about generating evidence, growth in rapid evidence synthesis, especially in health, as well as Rapid Reviews and Health Guidelines from the past decade of EIDM.

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 action-oriented COP 27 rather than a talk-only conference

In a recent Nature article, four researchers shared discussions on their contributions to the fight against climate change and hopes for an action-oriented COP 27 rather than a talk-only conference.

For the past few weeks at the 27th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP27) climate summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt is hosting world leaders, scientists and policy-makers to deliberate on decarbonizing high-emitting industries, adapting agriculture to climate change, and compensating loss and damage. Nature interviewed four climate scientists from the host country about their research, the challenges they face, and their hopes for COP27. Read more...

Latest International Evidence News
  • As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many best practices have emerged, especially in research and decentralized health systems, according to a recent LSE Impact blog. Read more...
  • The newly published Eyes on Evidence III study, applied a transparency framework to evaluate the transparency of evidence-use in Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan provincial policies as well as compare policy-making transparency across Canada. Read more... 
  • As part of the United States of America's (USA) commitment to strengthen USA leadership on climate change, President Biden will announce new initiatives which will assist vulnerable and developing country partners mitigate the climate crises at COP27. Read more...
Hot off the press
  • Anaëlle et al: 'Evidence for the effects of decommissioning man-made structures on marine ecosystems globally: a systematic map'
  • Ryan et al: 'The impact of health care strikes on patient mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies'
  • Slawa et al: 'Trends in postpartum mental health care before and during COVID-19'
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