Interest in evidence synthesis in Africa is growing

Evidence synthesis and evidence mapping dominated the evidence news headlines in Africa this month. Starting with the release of the AEN’s Survey on Evidence Synthesis Capacity in Africa (see here), a range of events highlighted the need for synthesising evidence to inform decision-making on the continent. The Campbell Collaboration presented at evidence events in both Kenya and Uganda, emphasising the value of systematic reviews to public policy-makers. Similar activities were underway in South Africa where the Africa Centre for Evidence and the Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation hosted an intra-African learning exchange on producing and using evidence synthesis. Both Centres are also part of the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative, which has a new network supporting research centres interested in evidence synthesis.