EVIDENCE 2018 Conference: Conference dates and strands

The EVIDENCE 2018 conference will take place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria from 25 – 28 September 2018.

Who should attend?
All those interested in evidence, its production and use in decision-making. This includes people working in Africa and beyond, in governments, civil society, universities and the private sector.

EVIDENCE 2018 aims to encourage, promote and showcase evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa, thereby contributing to the development of effective public policies and efficient implementation of services, as well as joint learning on interventions that tackle poverty and equality. Together we will tackle some of the biggest priority areas facing the continent, identifying and unpacking evidence-informed solutions.

The objectives of the conference include the following:

  1. To grow our understanding of this important field by sharing learning and advancing discussions in how best to support evidence-informed decision-making in Africa;
  2. To increase engagement across the Africa Evidence Network and broader community, spanning the many divides that prevent scientists and decision-makers from working together, building relationships and moving forwards to our shared benefit; and
  3. To situate our evidence community as a global player in, and umbrella body for, evidence-informed decision-making in Africa.

The Conference has four strands in which panel presentations and workshops will take place :


Communicable diseases  prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions and affect more than one billion people living in poverty, costing developing economies billions of dollars every year.


Africa has great need for  quality education, with some of the world’s most glaring education inequalities. Quality education equips people with the skills necessary to escape poverty and build shared prosperity.


Agenda 2063 affirms Africa’s goal to be a continent with democratic values and practices that upholds human rights, justice, and law. This goal is only achievable by tackling the challenges to good governance faced by countries in Africa.


Conversations about climate resilience under-represent voices from Africa, despite the continent’s minimal carbon footprint and disproportionate experience of the negative effects of climate change.

Important Dates:

01 March 2018: Abstract submission opens

01 March 2018: Bursary submission opens

30 April 2018:  Abstract submission closure

28 May 2018: Abstracts received by authors who have registered their attendance by this date will be given preference for placement in the programme

28 June 2018: Abstract acceptance/rejection notifications issued to authors

08 July 2018: Final notification to presenting author(s) of abstract allocation in the programme


For more details on dates, registration and scientific programme:

W: http://www.evidenceconference.org.za/

E: register@confsa.co.za or corne@confsa.co.za

T: @Africa_evidence

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