Saturday, November 17, 2018

Evidence-informed Policymaking Seminar - Water-Energy-Food-Health


The office of the President and Founder of African Union Students' Council (AUSC)"For The Better Africa We Deserve" is pleased to share the upcoming Seminar , where Dr IRAGUHA BANDORA Yves,MD, the President and Founder of African Union Students' Council (AUSC) will be participating by the organizers invitation under provided full sponsorship after being selected among the participants from :

In Pretoria

Water, energy, food security and health remain in the scientific and policy making spotlight in Africa.
The Evidence Informed Policy Making (EIPM) seminar will train participants to use evidence for policy making by focusing on challenges and interrelations of those fields.

Application and selection

Please apply online outlining your motivation and why you think this training will help you in your current job.
Deadline for application: 8 October 2018
Applicants will be informed on the outcome of the selection procedure in the week of 5 November.
The selection process strives to achieve a balanced representation of qualified candidates, including
  • By gender and country;
  • Balanced representation of both policy makers and scientists;
  • Evaluating past experiences, and;
  • Motivation of the applicants.

What is unique about the professional development training?

  • Together, policymakers and scientists develop skills in using evidence to devise policy solutions and inform policy making.
  • Participants will learn how their respective counterpart's professional worlds operate.
  • Leading thinkers and practitioners share their experience with participants.
Participants completing the seminar will receive a certificate signed by the organising partners.

What will you gain?

Scientists will

  • Learn how to better communicate and visualise research results;
  • To address policy needs;
  • How to target relevant policy makers;
  • Understand the policy cycle, and;
  • Influence the policy making process.

Policymakers will learn how to

  • Use research to support policy;
  • Which scientific evidence is relevant to their field;
  • Where to find it and how to interpret it, and;
  • How to communicate with researchers.

Both will

  • Gain new insights on how 'the other side' operates;
  • Become part of the professional network of scientific researchers and policy makers
  • Be part of building the African evidence informed policymaking community, and;
  • Learn from and access to a global community of practice in evidence based policy making.


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Who is this Summer School for?

African early to mid-career policymakers and scientists with the following characteristics:
  • Interested in how to use scientific research and evidence to inform policymaking;
  • With at least 2 years of work experience within the themes of water, energy, food security or health;
  • Having an active interest in interdisciplinary working to solve global problems;
  • Working in Africa or on Africa related issues with African partners;
  • Being proficient in English, and;
  • Commit to take part the whole duration of the seminar.
Please note that in addition up to 20 places are available to policy makers and researchers coming from non-African countries.

Accommodation, travel arrangements and funding

Accommodation, transfers, catering and travel costs to South Africa (via an agency selected by the organisers) is offered for
  • 130 participants from Africa,
  • 10 UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund grant holders, and
  • 10 participants from EU countries.


Today's complex policy challenges, the super-abundance of data and information, scientific controversies and post-fact politics make strengthening the science-policy interface crucial for good governance.
Robust and relevant scientific evidence can make public policies transparent, consistent and effective.
Connecting scientific evidence and policy is not straightforward.
It calls for new collaborations, institutions, knowledge brokers and practices.
It also needs a new set of skills and competences for those working at the intersection between the worlds of science and of policy.


To deliver this seminar, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is forging a collaborative partnership with the
Organising partners commit to building the capacity of African scientific researchers and policy makers in evidence informed policy making, starting with this seminar.


For any questions about the event, please contact:
Updates on the call for applications will be available on this website.

Material and Community of Practice

To access resources relevant to evidence-informed policymaking we recommend to register as a member in the Evidence for Policy Community of Practice
AUSC President's shared video for readers to this article:

This Video contains full notes of the New conceptual and theoretical framework for creating the innovation system to integrate African sustainable and inclusive development by Professor Mammo Muchie, the AUSC Presidency's Special Adviser for African Union Focal Point.

Please keep sharing.

Dr Iraguha Bandora Yves, MD.
President and Founder
African Union Students' Council (AUSC)"For The Better Africa We Deserve"


Approved on Friday 16th November, 2018.

Office of the President of African Union Students' Council (AUSC)"For The Better Africa We Deserve"
P.O.Box: 6998 Kigali-Rwanda


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