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On African knowledge repositories and evidence-informed policy-making

By  Prof Willem Fourie Image credit: Shutterstock Access to high-quality research is key to evidence-informed policymaking. The number of African knowledge repositories is increasing and has the potential to enable better access to more evidence, and thus impacting on the type of policies that are developed and implemented in Africa. But challenges remain. A growing number […]

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Calling the aspiring and inspiring amongst you: The Africa Evidence Leadership Award

By Siziwe Ngcwabe and Ruth Stewart The field of evidence-informed decision-making in Africa has gone from strength to strength over the last decade. We have seen a growth in the number of people engaged in producing and using evidence for decision-making across the continent, greater depth in the ingenuity and sophistication of the work that is […]

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EVIDENCE 2018: We hope to meet you there

By the Conference Chairs: Dr Shanil Haricharan, Dr Rhona Mijumbi-Deve, Prof Ruth Stewart EVIDENCE 2016 delegates at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa.   So you are preparing for EVIDENCE 2018 and have all the expectations of a good conference…………. Meeting someone whose work you have heard of and admired…….. going home with new […]

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Where is Africa Evidence Network going post 2017?

By Siziwe Ngcwabe, Africa Evidence Network Senior Manager Introduction The Africa Evidence Network is a project of the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE), a research center within the University of Johannesburg. Our team at the University has provided the secretariat to the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) since the Network’s formation in late 2012. The AEN […]

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Reflections on data analysis, management and visualization from SAMEA 2017 conference

Jerusha Govender, Data Innovator The 6th South African M&E Association conference shows the changing evidence usage landscape. What stood out for me as a data-nerd is: (1) it is the first year that the conference included a strand on Data Analysis, Management & Visualization, (2) multiple workshops on data viz and analysis were hosted and well attended, […]

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Highlights of the JRC’s #EU4Facts conference- 60 years in science

By Magdalena Alicja Herbowska, Joint Research Centre at the European Commission  #EU4Facts panel from left to right: Former European Commissioners Janez Potocnik and Marie Ceoghegan-Quinn and European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics. The Joint Research Centre celebrates (JRC)  celebrates 60 years of science for society. The JRC is the European Commission’s science […]

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The 2017 Global Evidence Summit: Big, fun and informative

By Dr  Rhona Mijumbi-Deve, Makerere University in Uganda Dr Rhona Mijumbi-Deve presenting on rapid respond services in Uganda at the 2017 Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. It was everything it promised to be – big, fun and informative. It was big – from all the full flights weeks before, to the immigration […]

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ACE facilitating a pilot UJ Humanities post-graduate retreat

By Carina van Rooyen and Sunet Jordaan Not all workshop participants worked equally hard “It’s worse than pulling teeth!” “I’ve had enough now. No more! Can this just end!” “This rollercoaster ride of highs and lows, of lack of energy – eish!” “How do I do it? Please, help!” Is this coming from some torture camp? […]

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