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African Institute for Development Policy Research and Dialogue

We aspire for an Africa where Evidence transforms lives

aka African Institute for Development Policy   |   Nairobi, --   |  https://www.afidep.org/

Mission

African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is a pan-African non-profit research and policy that promotes and supports governments to use credible evidence in policy and programme decision-making to accelerate the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals, the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and national development goals in African countries. AFIDEP believes that the sustained use of evidence in decision-making at different levels of governance - community to national and regional levels - will result in better investments, more effective service provision, increased access to and use of services, and ultimately better development outcomes. AFIDEP has six priority areas - population dynamics, health, environment and climate change, governance, gender equality and education.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Dr Eliya Zulu

Main address

6th Floor (Block A), Westcom Point Building, Mahiga Mairu Avenue, off Waiyaki Way, P.O. Box 14688-00800, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya 3rd Floor, Public Service Pension Fund Building, Plot 13/41, Presidential Way, P.O Box 31024, City Centre, Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Nairobi, -- 00800 Kenya

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EIN

98-1273658

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Evidence plays a critical role in improving the effectiveness of policies and programmes. Research and other evidence are essential to helping decision-makers identify priorities and formulate policies for addressing various development challenges. Evidence also plays a critical role in empowering state and non-state actors to enforce accountability in using public resources and service delivery. However, policy-relevant evidence is either unavailable to or not used by African decision-makers and accountability actors because it is fragmented, in different sources, and not appropriately synthesised or packaged for use by end-users. Consistent evidence use would increase political commitment to and prioritising critical issues often overlooked or whose role in development is not fully appreciated; allocation of resources to address these challenges and guide the design, implementation, and scale-up of effective and inclusive intervention programmes.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Building Capacity for Integrated FP/RH and Population, Environment and Development Action

Building Capacity for Integrated Family planning (FP) and Reproductive Health (RH) and Population, Environment and Development (PED) Action (BUILD) is a global program designed to leverage the interconnectedness of Population, Environment and Development to spur strong political commitment, sustained financial resources, and accountability for voluntary family planning and reproductive health in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). The five-year USAID-funded programme is using a hub-and-spoke model, BUILD works in four countries in Africa and Asia: Cte dIvoire (West Africa), Kenya (East Africa), Malawi (Southern Africa), and the Philippines (South East Asia). The project will also be implemented in (scaled up to) other USAID FP/RH priority countries and Ouagadougou Partnership countries where the USAID missions provide field support for proposed activities.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups

The Gates Foundation-funded three-year (2022-2025) programme seeks to contribute to increasing domestic investments in health and promoting efficient utilisation of health budgets, with a focus on primary healthcare, girls' and women's health in Africa. AFIDEP is partnering with the Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO).

Population(s) Served

The Exemplars in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASHER) project is a two-year (2022-2024) Gates Ventures-funded project that seeks to identify low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that have made exemplary progress in reducing adolescent fertility rates. This work will provide evidence of impactful adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRHR) interventions and provide lessons to other LMICs on how they can implement similar interventions in their countries to reduce adolescent fertility rates.

Population(s) Served

Heightening Institutional Capacity for Government use of Health Research (HIGHRes) project was implemented in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda between 2019 and 2022 and funded by WHO/Wellcome Trust. AFIDEP was the lead for this multi-country project whose aim was to strengthen institutional capacities in the ministries of health (MoH) in Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda to enable the routine use of evidence in decision-making. In Kenya, a training beneficiary's rapid synthesis informed the Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines 2021-2025, and in Malawi, the MoH integrated evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) principles, practices and activities in the country's Health Research Policy and Health Research Strategic Plan 2021-2025. AFIDEP also supported embed an EIDM training curriculum at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences. The Institute also supported KEMRI to establish Cochrane Kenya and consequently enhanced knowledge translation capacity.

Population(s) Served

The Africa Integrity Indicators (AII) is a research project initiated by Global Integrity in 2012 in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. AFIDEP is taking over the project from Global Integrity. AII focuses on African governance in practice, examining how policies are implemented to support governments, citizens, and civil society and assessing key social, economic, political, and anti-corruption mechanisms at the national level across all 54 countries of the African continent. The projects interventions are further guided by two specific objectives namely: To generate quality, comprehensive, and timely governance indicators on social, economic, political, and anti-corruption mechanisms to lay bare the status of policy implementation in regard to transparency and accountability, and social development, and to stimulate actions that address persisting governance challenges in Africa.

Population(s) Served

Making the Case for Planetary Health in Sub-Saharan Africa is aimed at developing and testing policy options that have the potential to deliver generalisable and transferable lessons for improving the local environment, global environmental sustainability and population health. The 2021-2023 project is helping fill the evidence gap around ground-truthed interactions between climate change and health in Africa, generating a greater understanding of cross-sectoral policy solutions that address the health impacts of climate change that also have climate co-benefits, capitalising on win-win opportunities, and building bridges between the health and climate research and policy communities in Africa around shared evidence and policy goals. The project is being implemented in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Government of Kenya.

Population(s) Served

Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) project is conducting evidence synthesis, promoting the uptake of evidence-based macro-level policy solutions, and strengthening evidence-driven advocacy for gender-responsive macroeconomic policymaking and implementation. The 18-month project (2023-2024) is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Population(s) Served

AFIDEP is leading the three-year (2023-2025) IDRC-funded Learning together to advance Evidence and Equity in Policymaking for achieving the SDGs ( LEEPS) Anglophone Hub. LEEPS aims to advance evidence and equity in policy-making in Anglophone Africa. The Hub will work collaboratively with other institutions to strengthen national and regional evidence-informed policy-making ecosystems and strengthen individual organisations driving evidence-informed policies in countries, with the ultimate aim of improving decision-making with evidence.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

United Nations Population Award 2022

United Nations Population Fund

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who demonstrate writing ability

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Building Capacity for Integrated FP/RH and Population, Environment and Development Action

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants on field trips

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Related Program

Building Capacity for Integrated FP/RH and Population, Environment and Development Action

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Building Capacity for Integrated FP/RH and Population, Environment and Development Action

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of African government departments supported with capacity development

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The indcator is linked to AFIDEP's strategic objective 1 - to strengthen the capacity for evidence use in decision-making.

Number of publications identifying sector best practices

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of peer-reviewed publications in reputable scientific journals.

Total number of grants awarded

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Twitter 2020: 4,772, 2021: 5,372, 2022: 6,582, 2023: 7,893 LinkedIn: 2022: 10,430, 2023" 16,420

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AFIDEP promotes and supports governments to use credible evidence in policy and programme decisions to accelerate the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union's Agenda 2063, and national development goals in African countries. The Institute believes that the sustained use of evidence in decision-making at different levels of governance (community to national and regional levels) will result in better investments, more effective service provision, increased access to and use of services, and ultimately better development outcomes. AFIDEP's work focuses on accelerating the achievement of the SDGs in six priority areas: population dynamics and demographic dividend, health and wellbeing, environment and climate change, governance and accountability, gender equality and education and skills development.

AFIDEP employs strategies to achieve its goals. These include:
1. Strengthening individual and institutional capacity to use evidence and enabling networking among key actors in the evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) community of practice
2. Generating and providing evidence that governments need for decision-making
3. Conducting advocacy and providing technical assistance to promote evidence uptake in decision-making
4. Elevating African voices in national and global discourses

AFIDEP's approaches include:
1. Synthesis and translation of evidence: AFIDEP has deep expertise in conducting systematic reviews and rapid synthesis of evidence, reviewing policy documents, and studying programme environments to identify opportunities where evidence can be used to improve the quality and reach of public services, especially to under-served populations
2. Research: The Institute's research addresses or anticipates specific policy questions. AFIDEP conducts secondary analysis of data on the SDGs, to understand patterns and trends and compare and contrast with progress across the African continent. The Institute also contributes evidence to discourses on topical issues through research publications, discussion papers, and conference presentations.
3. Provides 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. AFIDEP supports governments to conduct policy reviews, analyses of existing surveys, census, and administrative data, scenario building and forecasting.
4. Brings 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.
5. Connects researchers and decision-makers: AFIDEP works hand-in-hand with decision-makers at sub-national, national and regional levels, enabling them to understand their evidence gaps and communicate the same to researchers to ensure that they produce evidence that meets these needs
6. Building EIDM expertise across the continent - AFIDE trains policymakers to strengthen EIDM leadership and skills. AFIDEP also strengthens the capacity and skills of researchers and knowledge translators in effective engagement with policymakers
7. Partnerships: To multiply our impact, AFIDEP partners with diverse stakeholders - knowledge experts, researchers, development partners, CSOs, NGOs, ecumenical bodies/FBOs, the private sector and the media
8. Strengthening the African voice in global development discourse - AFIDEP uses analyses and 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

AFIDEP capabilities include:
1. Tried and tested approaches supporting African governments entrench a culture of evidence-informed decision-making by ensuring that decision-makers have access to and can use timely, relevant, robust, comprehensive, and accessible evidence
2. A portfolio of over 40 impactful multi-country, multi-region, multi-partner research, advocacy, and capacity-building programmes in more than 20 countries in Africa to leverage
3. A core staff of 78 members with diverse multi-disciplinary expertise in demography, statistics, public health, economics, governance, anthropology, environment and climate change, science communications, monitoring and evaluation, strategy, finance, administration and operations. The team has 18 PhDs with extensive experience in qualitative, quantitative, and implementation research, evidence synthesis, and translation and stimulating its use sub-nationally, nationally, regionally, and globally
4. An international Board of Directors comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of distinguished experts who provide strategic guidance and institutional oversight
5. Two strategically located hub country offices from which the Institute deploys programming across Africa
6. Existing partnerships with key policymakers and other stakeholders in Africa and globally

In the period 2020-2023 AFIDEP:
1. Project portfolio doubled and attracted first-time prime grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Children Investment Fund Foundation, USAID, Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Gates Ventures
2. The Malawi Government granted the Institute a landmark diplomatic status
3. Brand grew. The Institute garnered good attention and interest from policymakers, researchers, research institutions, civil society, the media, and other development actors, and its directors are on regional and global development boards/panels and are invited to give keynote addresses / present at high-level development convenings across the world
4. Received the 2023 United Nations Population Award, the highest award that individuals or institutions receive from the UN annually in recognition of outstanding contributions addressing population and sexual reproductive health challenges and was a finalist for the 2020 ONE Award
6. Expanded geographic footprint into the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, the Philippines and India
7. Staff numbers grew, and the team became more diverse, with staff from 10 nationalities, of whom 17 staff have PhDs

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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African Institute for Development Policy Research and Dialogue

Board of directors
as of 03/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms Elizabeth Lule

Executive Director of the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN)


Board co-chair

Dr Sosten Chiotha

Regional Director of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Southern and Eastern Africa

Term: 2023 -

Cheikh Seydil Moctar Mbacke

Independent Consultant and Advisor on population and health research, Senegal

Susan Rich

Principal, Alafiya Consulting Services, United States

John Mudany

Financial Management Advisor, Kenya

Pamela Onyango

Public Health Expert, Kenya

Sarai Chisala-Tempelhoff

Founder of the Gender and Justice Unit, Malawi

George Kronnisanyon Werner

Public Health Advisor for the World Health Organization

Andrew Tatem

Professor of Spatial Demography and Epidemiology and the Founder and Director of WorldPop, University of Southampton

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/12/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.