Evidence to Action 5-Day Conference kicks off in Kampala will a call to support Africa-led research projects.
From 26-30 September 2022, the Evidence to Action 2022 Conference which kicked off on Monday 26th -30th September 2022 at Makerere University will according to the organizers aim to nurture the use of evidence-based policy decision-making and action in Africa, especially in the drive towards the realization of Agenda 2063 and 2030 Agenda goals within the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic.
African Researchers have convened in the conference to evaluate the impact of research projects in the continent on the lives and livelihoods of their people featuring two days of pre-conference training sessions, exhibitions, and side events by partners and sponsors and keynote speakers, breakout sessions, policy dialogue, and workshops.
During the welcome remarks, Prof Florence Muwanguzi The Associate Professor School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, reflected on all the ALL-IN projects on innovation in Africa while calling for the strengthening of research capacities. She assured a safe stay through the conference period.
“There could not be a better place to hold the conference than Makerere University a research-led university. There is a need to strengthen research capacities to boos innovations” she said
Dr. David Ameyaw, The President, and CEO International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) and Co-Director ALL-IN Program, highlighted the need to develop local-led research to flip into that traditional model of research to involve all investigations in Africa.
“We want to see African projects meet to discuss how to lead our own research projects. This he said will boost investment in local led institutions in developing countries” he said
The theme of the conference is: “Adapting innovative evaluation practices for evidence-based decision-making during and beyond COVID-19 pandemic”
Distinguished Prof. Carter Michael from Feed the future, & Director BASIS markets risk and resilience lab & Co- Director of All - in program during his remarks.
The Conference has been convened by the International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Uganda, in collaboration with Makerere University, Uganda Evaluation Association (UEA) and in partnership with Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risks and Resilience of the University of California at Davis, Campbell Collaborations, Innovation for Poverty Action and United States International University-Africa, Kenya and other partners.
ICED is the first African-based think tank that promotes advanced evaluation theory, practice and capacity to enhance development outcomes in the Global South.