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.