Supporting Evidence Use in African Parliaments: Emerging Insights

24 Apr 2017, 14:30 - 16:00

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

Tel: 020 7219 8377

POST, INASP, and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch are jointly hosting an afternoon panel discussion and debate at Parliament at 2:30 on Monday 24 April, followed by a reception at 3:30 PM. 

How can UK stakeholders support Parliaments in developing countries to strengthen their use of research and evidence?

Parliaments need quality evidence from many different sources to perform their key democratic functions of making legislation, representing citizens and exercising oversight over government. But what are the features of an effective parliamentary research and information support system? And how can UK stakeholders support parliaments to strengthen their capacity for using evidence in decision making?

Drawing on our experience in the parliaments of Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Malawi, we will ask:

  • What are the key barriers to evidence use faced by these parliaments?
  • What role can parliamentary research and information services play in supporting evidence use in these countries?
  • What are our emerging insights about strengthening capacity for evidence use in parliaments?

The event is chaired by Alexander Ademokun, Evidence into Action Team, Research and Evidence Division, UK Department for International Development, and speakers include:

  • Rasheed Draman, Executive Director, African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs, Accra, Ghana
  • Chandrika Nath, Deputy Director, UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Peter Acuch, Senior Research Officer, Department of Research Services, Parliament of Uganda

To attend, please directly register at Eventbrite.

Not in the UK?

Join the event through Twitter and pose questions to the panel using the hashtag #evidence2policy to @POST_UK, @INASPinfo, @CPA_UK, @DFID_Evidence

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