African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
Petroda Glasshouse, Area 14 – plot number 14/191, P.O Box 31024
Lilongwe, Lilongwe 3 Malawi
We aspire for an Africa where evidence is used consistently to transform lives
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The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is an African-led, regional non-profit policy think tank established in 2010 to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in development efforts in Africa. Our primary purpose is to contribute to sustainable development and we do this by using evidence and advocacy to strengthen political commitment and resource allocation for development issues; informing the design and implementation of effective interventions; and strengthening governance and accountability structures for tracking development challenges in Africa.
Activities we engage in include:
Synthesis and translation of evidence. We conduct systematic reviews and rapid synthesis of evidence. We also review policy documents, and study programme environments to identify opportunities where evidence can be used to improve the quality and reach of public services, especially to under-served populations.
Research. Our research addresses or anticipates specific policy questions. We conduct secondary analysis of data on the SDGs, to understand patterns and trends and compare and contrast with progress across the African continent. We also contribute evidence to discourses on topical issues through research publications, discussion papers, and conference presentations.
Providing technical assistance to enable local, national, and regional governments to integrate various issues in their development plans and budgeting processes, and to manage programme implementation and performance. We support governments to conduct policy reviews, analyses of existing survey, census, and administrative data, scenario building and forecasting.
Bringing evidence directly to decision-makers in clear, usable formats. AFIDEP provides direct technical assistance in the use of evidence to government teams that design policies, strategies and intervention programmes.
Connecting researchers and end-users. Our approach of working hand-in-hand with decision-makers at sub-national, national and regional levels enables us to understand their evidence gaps, which we communicate to researchers, to ensure that they produce evidence that meets these needs.
Building EIDM expertise across the continent. We train policymakers to strengthen their leadership and skills for EIDM. We also strengthen the capacity and skills of researchers and knowledge translators in effective engagement with policymakers.
Partnerships. To multiply our impact, we partner with diverse stakeholders, including other knowledge experts, researchers, development partners, CSOs, NGOs, ecumenical bodies/FBOs, the private sector and the media.
Strengthening the African voice in global development discourse. We use the results of our analyses and our experience gained from working with decision-makers in Africa to inform the policies of the international development community and their investments in Africa, to ensure that their priorities for the continent take the perspectives of African professionals into account.
Do changes in classification of traditional methods of contraception influence tCPR estimates?
Do the changes in classification of traditional methods of contraception in DHS influence tCPR estimates in sub-Saharan African countries?
A methodological enquiry in measurement of traditional methods of contraceptive use in Africa
Traditional contraception in modern times - a methodological enquiry in the measurement of traditional methods of contraceptive use in four African countries.
Founded in 2010, to help bridge the gaps between research, policy, and practice in development efforts in Africa, AFIDEP contributes to the realisation of the SDGs by enabling the formulation of sound development policies and programme interventions. We work to promote and entrench a culture of evidence use in development efforts in Africa.
25 Years After Cairo: Accelerating Africa’s promise
This issue of the African Development Perspectives, we hope to refocus researchers, decision-makers, and practitioners on the role of evidence in addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Africa, with the backdrop of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA), signed by 179 governments twenty-five years ago, in 1994, in Cairo, Egypt, and the Nairobi Summit in November 2019, where delegates will converge to reaffirm the commitments to accelerate the promises made at the 1994 Conference.
A special edition newspaper designed to provide high-level impact focused on programme and institutional updates and highlights.
African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
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