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AEN’s key highlights in 2018

By Precious Motha, Africa Evidence Network Co-ordinator As 2018 is drawing to a close, as the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) Secretariat we remember a few of the many activities we undertook during this year. We couldn’t have achieved them without the help and support of our members and partners! Building our member community This year […]

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From infancy to maturity: Constraints to the “Made in Africa Evaluation” (MAE) concept (Part 2)

By Mokgophana Ramasobana and Nozipho Ngwabi, CLEAR-AA   The blog titled “Made in Africa Evaluation: Africa’s novel approach towards its developmental paths (Part 1) provided an historical overview on some of the initiatives proposed to pioneer the MAE concept by various African scholars and evaluation practitioners. These include Prof. Zenda Ofir, Prof. Bagele Chilisa, Dr. Sukai […]

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Five reasons to attend Evidence 2020

By AEN Secretariat The Evidence Conference Team  hosted the Evidence 2018 conference held from 25-28 September 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.   Evidence is the biennial conference hosted by the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) over the last six years. Our last event – Evidence 2018 – certainly delivered on […]

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#Evidence2018 Day 3: Steadily making in-roads…

By Thesandree Padayachee    Making good with what we have, but is it enough? Day three of Evidence 2018 delved deeper into the mechanisms, strategies and structures that work to support and facilitate evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa. The poster sessions expanded delegates’ understanding of how “concepts” of EIDM are transformed into concrete actions and delegates […]

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#Evidence2018 Day 2: “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.”

By Thesandree Padayachee  Where are we going? As expected, the opening plenary of Evidence 2018 set the scene for a high energy conference which would encourage participation and provide ample opportunity for networking and critical reflection. The keynote speaker Mr Mark Heywood from Section 27 in South Africa, interrogated evidence within the context of a post-truth […]

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#Evidence2018 Day 1: A chance to re-connect and find common purpose

 By Thesandree Padayachee The pre-congress offering to delegates of #Evidence2018, hosted by the Africa Evidence Network at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa did not disappoint. The delegates, from countries across Africa and the globe, were provided with a unique opportunity to participate in a range of practical workshops and symposiums that provided a […]

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Introducing Evidence Online 2018

By Natalie Tannous Evidence 2018 is only a week away. While for some of us that is exciting, there are many of us that won’t be able to make it to see the sunny skies of Pretoria for the physical event. There are many reasons one might not be able to attend Evidence 2018 in person. […]

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Personal reflections from our Chair, Ruth Stewart, of an international meeting to advance the field of evidence-informed decision-making

By  Ruth Stewart, Chairperson of the Africa Evidence Network  An international meeting to advance the field of evidence-informed decision-making in Bellagio, Italy, 28th-31st August 2018. Is there such a thing as ‘an evidence-informed decision-making field’? Indeed, what might make something ‘a field’? Wikipedia equates a ‘field’ to a ‘discipline’ and defines it as ‘a branch of knowledge that […]

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