African evidence ecosystems maps

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.

Guidance for landscape mapping


1.    Bagyendera – Evidence-informed decision-making landscape for Uganda 

2.    Bhowa – Open applications and evidence landscape (Zimbabwe)

3.    Cherif – Tunisia, evidence-based policy-making by parliamentarians

4.    Chitanda – Evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM): Nutrition leadership for Zambia

5.    Govender – Rapid landscape review map: Health NGO sector in South Africa

6.    Hailemichael – An overview of role players toward evidence-informed policy-decision-makiing in Ethiopia: A      landscape review

7.    Jansen van Rensburg – Africa Gender Development Evaluators Network (AGDEN). Gender equality: Strengthening collective efforts through excavating gender data

8.    Kachero – Generation, translation and use of evidence in the public sector in Uganda: A case of the Government Evaluation Facility

9.    Kalugendo – Knowledge in support of climate change adaptation (Tanzania)

10.  Longwe-Ngwira – The EIDM rapid landscape review map in Malawi’s health sector

11.  Makawia – An overview of role players outside government that are central to evidence-informed decision-making in the spheres of the African Capacity Building Foundation

12.  Manyonga – Evidence-informed decision-making landscape map for Parliament of Malawi

13.  Mbeye – Mapping out evidence-informed decision-making landscape for health research in Malawi

14.  Mitambo – Landscape for evidence-informed policy-making in Malawi health sector

15.  Morankar – Electronic rapid landscape review map – Ethiopian Evidence Based Health Care Center

16.  Mpagi-Kaabule – Parliamentary Forum on Development Evaluation (APNODE) – Uganda

17. Munatsi – Zimbabwe EIDM evidence landscape map

18. Mutua – Evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) landscape map for Kenya

19. Nankya – Evidence-informed decision-making landscape at Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, Uganda

20. Ndongwe – Institutional EIDM landscape map (Zimbabwe)

21. Ngang – General overview of the research and evidence-informed decision-making landscape for Cameroon

22. Obuku – Rapid landscape review map: A navigation guide to the R2P jungle in Uganda 

23. Okem – Rapid landscape review map:  Climate change & poverty reduction co-benefits, South Africa

24. Tambala – Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME): The way to go for effective EIDM (Malawi)

25. Wanzare – Evidence-informed decision-making landscape in the context of devolved system of government in Kenya


1. Bagyendera – Uganda Evidence Ecosystem Map

2. Emaasit – The key players in the evidence ecosystem of parliament of Uganda

3.  Hailemichael – An overview of role players central to evidence-informed metropolitan governance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

4. Hlophe – An overview of role players facilitating Health evidence-informed decision-making in Eswatini: a landscape review of Health Research

5. Kamga- General overview of the research and evidence-informed decision-making landscape for managing malaria in Cameroon

6.  Makawia – Tanzania evidence ecosystem: Experience of socio-economic research and M&E institutions

7. Morankar – Electronic Rapid Landscape Review Map

8. Nnaji – Mapping the vaccine and immunization evidence ecosystem in Nigeria

9. Obuku – Rapid Landscape Review Map: A navigation guide to the R2P jungle in Uganda

10. Oduwole – Evidence ecosystem for knowledge translation in Nigeria

11. Pambe – An overview of the main role player in Cameroon evidence ecosystem

12. Patterson – Ecosystem of Evidence-Based Vaccinology in South Africa

13.  Sampong –  Evidence ecosystem map: Ghana Environmental Protection Agency

14. Seydi – Developing resilience to recurrent food insecurity in Senegal: evidence ecosystem map

15.  Warira – Making the Dividend Count: The role of communication in bridging demographic dividend research and Africa’s policy processes