Africa Evidence Leadership Award

The Africa Evidence leadership Award 2019

The purpose of the award is to raise awareness of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa and highlight the growing status of evidence amongst decision-makers in Africa.


The recipient of the award will receive a space in the biennial Evidence programme to deliver a keynote address on their work. This includes: registration, economy return flights from their African country of residence, and accommodation while attending the biennial Evidence conference (proposed dates – 14 to 18 September 2020 in Uganda). The recipient will also win travel grant towards attending a high-profile course or event on EIDM.


The award has moved to a nomination process.

  • Both the nominator and the nominee must be members of the AEN. They may work in any sector as long as their participation in EIDM[1] as evidence-users, evidence-producers, evidence-brokers or any combination of these can be motivated.
  • The nominee should be able to furnish proof of citizenship of and/or residence in an African country (as defined by the United Nations).
  • The nominee should also be able and available to travel to and attend all days of Evidence 2020 proposed on 14 to 18 September 2020 in Uganda and must commit to giving a plenary talk at the event.
  • The nominee should be willing to have their profile publicised in a journal and on any of the AEN public platforms.
  • Members of the AEN secretariat, the AEN advisory group, as well as the Africa Centre for Evidence advisory group are not eligible to be nominated for the award. However, they may put forward nominations for consideration.
  • Members of the AEN reference group are eligible to be nominated and to nominate for the award.

Nomination procedure

This award considers nominations only; applications are no longer taken into consideration for the Africa Evidence Leadership Award.

The nominator should complete the nomination form (download below) and collect evidence to support their nomination in PDF format. This should at least include:

  • Contact details for three referees who are willing to be contacted by the award committee (please alert your referees that the AEN award committee may be contacting them to verify their recommendations),
  • Media articles about your nominee’s work (if available),
  • Documentary records of your nominee’s contribution towards EIDM in Africa (these could be academic papers or other written outputs).

All nominations should be should be emailed in PDF format to the AEN secretariat at[1] with the subject line AEN AWARD NOMINATION: [INSERT YOUR NOMINEE’S SURNAME].

Nominees will be asked to complete a confirmation form (download below) to accept their nomination for the Africa Evidence Leadership Award.

Please note that nominations must be completed in English due to language translation constraints. However, you are encouraged that this is not an award for English writing: nominations will be judged on the merit of your nominee’s contribution to EIDM and not on the level of English of the nomination.


  • Nominations open – 11 March 2019
  • Deadline for nominations – 8 April 2019
  • Shortlisted candidates announced – 16 April 2019
  • AEN member voting – 17  May 2019
  • One winner and two honourable mentions announced – 31 May 2019

Click here to read a press release about the 2018 Africa Evidence Leadership Award winner.


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[1] Nominations in other formats where online access is problematic will be accepted on condition that you have successfully contacted the AEN secretariat by phone or email by 2 April 2019 to arrange the alternative submission process. Applications posted to us without prior agreement may not reach us timeously and therefore cannot be accepted.

[1] For the purposes of the award, the EIDM sector is defined as both the supply and demand/use of research evidence (which includes monitoring and evaluation, impact evaluations, evidence synthesis, and data and knowledge management). This definition is intended to be broad so as to be as inclusive as possible. If you feel your work is not represented by this definition, kindly contact us at