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Supporting Local Research for Development in sub-Saharan Africa: Unpacking the Quest for Evidence from Aid Agencies

The Global Development Network held a high-level roundtable at the Brookings Institution on the 24th of May, 2018 in Washington D.C. to promote the voices of African researchers in debates about fact-based policy processes for Africa’s development, at the highest level, in line with the principle of ownership enshrined in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

Titled,  'Supporting Local Research for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Unpacking the quest for evidence from Aid Agencies' the event was held in partnership with AERC, Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings, funded by USAID. Participants included African researchers from the USAID grant, aid agency representatives (high-level) and development aid experts. 

Discussions were focused on the progression of local research in sub-Saharan Africa, from research to evidence and from evidence to action, as well as how researchers can ensure that their work on financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa is impactful. 

With the financial support of USAID, between 2014 and 2018 GDN and AERC have worked on strengthening the capacities of African researchers and policy institutions to inform and advise the priorities of old and new donors, including USAID, in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research work is aimed at promoting African voices and perspectives as part of fact based contribution in the multilateral development policy fora. The body of research work produced was intended to be used as a resource for bilateral and multilateral agencies' policy formulation in their development assistance programs.

For further information, please contact fobino@gdn.int

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