Our Africa Evidence Network team at the University of Johannesburg is still buzzing from the excitement of the successful Evidence 2016 conference held in Pretoria in late September. We welcomed 145 people from across the continent to the CSIR’s International Convention Centre for an event sponsored by the City of Tshwane, 3ie and the DFID funded UJ-BCURE programme.
Delegates from 17 countries enjoyed 17 plenary presentations, 23 abstract presentations, 36 landscape maps & oral poster presentations and 2 training workshops. For more information on the programme, click here.
There was an energy from across the community for the conference’s critical engagement with the challenges of ensuring evidence is both useful and used, and the innovative solutions proposed by this ‘made in Africa’ network. The inclusion in the conference of public servants from 14 governments across Africa, as well as members of national and international NGOs, and members of civil society groups kept the discussion focused on real world problems.
The conference discussed our new ‘brand’ of Evidence+ events which will take place across the continent in the intervening years between our main biennial Evidence conferences. Plans for 2017 are well under way for an event in Kampala, Uganda with Makerere University and for the AEN to play a role in both the AfrEA conference in Uganda in March and the Global Evidence Summit in South Africa in September. Perhaps most exciting, by the end of the 3 days of Evidence 2016, we had generated enough interest and energy that we were able to announce the dates of Evidence 2018 – to be held back in Pretoria on 25 th-28 th September 2018.