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LEEPS partner organizations to host panel during USAID Agency Learning and Evidence Month

Learning together to advance Evidence and Equity in Policymaking for achieving the SDGs (LEEPS) is an Africa-led CAD9.2-million partnership funded by IDRC, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation. LEEPS advances the use of evidence-informed policymaking (EIP) to support progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa.
An image to represent USAID’s Agency Learning and Evidence Month (May 2014).

The LEEPS partnership is building on the accomplishments of the Partnership for Evidence and Equity in Responsive Social Systems (PEERSS), which supported research teams in 13 countries to help policymakers access and use high-quality evidence in their decision-making. LEEPS will enhance the capacity to produce, translate and use evidence in policymaking and promote the institutionalization of EIP, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Two African regional hubs have been selected to play a key role in strengthening the knowledge ecosystem and evidence uptake. The West Africa Regional Hub is led by the African Centre for Equitable Development and the East Africa Regional Hub is co-led by the Centre for Rapid Evidence Synthesis and the African Institute for Policy Development. Results for Development serves as the LEEPS’ coordinating organization to support the EIP community of practice at local, regional and global levels.

The regional hubs will act as centres of excellence to stimulate knowledge translation and the systematic use of evidence in the formulation, implementation, evaluation and scaling up of development policies, plans, programs and projects.   

LEEPS partner organizations will host two rounds of discussion at the USAID Agency Learning and Evidence Month Program on May 24, 2024, from 9 to 10:15 am EDT. 

Topic: Local Solutions, Global Impact: How African Organizations Lead in Building Evidence Systems for Inclusive Development 

In the two rounds of discussion, panelists will explore: 

  • Experiences from locally led approaches to strengthening knowledge translation in Africa: What does a locally led evidence partnership look like? What are we learning about effective knowledge-translation approaches to facilitate evidence use in government policymaking? How do differing cultural and political contexts shape knowledge-translation strategies? Why is it critical for strengthening the evidence ecosystem to be locally led? 
  • Collaborative cross-region learning as an approach to jointly solve problems and facilitate complex evidence system-strengthening efforts.

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