The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) is proud to launch a series of 40 maps on evidence ecosystems map(s) in Africa. Maps were produced as part of the bursary conditions for attendance at Evidence 2016 and Evidence 2018 conference. These bursaries were provided as part of the University of Johannesburg’s Programme to Build Capacity for the Use of Research Evidence (UJ-BCURE), funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in 2016 and in 2018 the AEN was funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
This African evidence ecosystems maps series is the first of its kind and follows on evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) maps produced by the UJ-BCURE programme on South Africa and Malawi. The series is unique in its diversity and comprehensiveness and consists of maps from ten different countries as well as two maps that span more than one country. The majority of maps are on Malawi (5) and Uganda (8), but maps from other countries include: Ethiopia (4), Cameroon (3), Zimbabwe (3), South Africa (3), Kenya (3), Tanzania (2), Nigeria (3), Zambia (1),Tunisia (1), Ghana (1), Eswatini (1) and Senegal (1). The two maps spanning more than a single country map the work of the Africa Gender Development Evaluators Network (AGDEN) and the African Capacity Building Foundation. The maps furthermore cover a wide range of sectors such as health and the environment; as well as evidence use by particular groups (such as Parliamentarians in Uganda, Malawi and Tunisia).
We would like to thank the authors of these maps for their contributions towards a series that leaves us with a much better understanding of the EIDM ecosystem(s) – both similarities and differences – across the African continent.