With its natural resources, favorable climatic conditions, vast agricultural land, a vibrant human resource, Africa is indeed endowed with what it takes to achieve the much needed socio- economic transformation based on inclusive growth and sustainable development that will improve the lives and livelihoods of its 1.2 billion population. Development experts have argued that the key bottleneck to Africa’s development is development policies that are not predicated on driven by evidence.
The International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED), an international and independent think tank-specializing in innovation and research in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for development, is collaborating with various African governments, universities, development partners and researcher institutions in the continent to promote evidence-based public policy making and implementation processes.
One of the approaches employed by ICED to promote evidence-based development is building capacity of private and public sectors in various countries in Africa on how to generate and use rigorous evidence to design policies that cause positive development outcomes. From November 9th to 20th 2020, ICED CEO, Dr. David Sarfo Ameyaw, led the training of a two-week Executive Leadership Course in M&E at the University of Ghana with participants drawn from Ghana Public and Private Sector.
While delivering her remarks, Dr. Cynthia Addoquaye Tagoe of the University of Ghana stated, “We were fortunate to be taught by people with such in-depth knowledge and rich experience. One such person – the lead facilitator, Dr. David Sarfo Ameyaw is worthy of mention. He brought to bear his rich experience in monitoring and evaluation, spanning nearly three decades in 95 countries across the globe.”
While Speaking during the graduation of the 35 participants, Dr. Ameyaw remarked “ICED has been championing the evidence to action movement in Africa through its annual Evidence to Action conference (E2A) conference. E2A has created an excellent platform for researchers, academics, private sector practitioners, development agencies, civil society and policy makers to learn, share information, build networks and partnerships with the overall objective of identifying effective strategies and interventions for ensuring data generated from research and evaluation projects is well utilized.”
ICED was recently awarded a $ 6 M grant under the USAID/ALL IN program that seeks to build on the successes and draws on the strength of US-African research collaborations, but inverts the traditional model. ALL IN will call for researchers at African institutions to take the lead in defining priorities and will work with US university research partners to supplement their own skills, talents, and ideas.
The realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Vision 2030 and Africa Agenda 2063 as well as various development initiatives by individual African countries-can only be made possible if policy makers and implementers across the continent embrace evidence-based policies as a key approach to development.
Credit :Stephine Ogutu, Communications Director, ICED