Plenary 1: Evidence for Africa


Wednesday 13 September 2017 - 09:00 to 10:30


EVIDENCE FOR AFRICA: How evidence is changing communities across one continent 

The objectives of this plenary are to understand how the African continent deals with evidence from policy to practice, through examples and overview of networks and activities.

Trevor Manuel:
Trevor Manuel, who served in the South African government as Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2009, during the presidencies of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe, and subsequently as Minister in the Presidency under President Jacob Zuma, will be the first plenary speaker at the Global Evidence Summit.
Keynote title: Evidence based policy – Africa’s journey

Ruth Stewart: 
Ruth spent her childhood in Malawi, and has dedicated more than 20 years to using evidence to improve lives across the African continent. Based in South Africa, she is the Director of the University of Johannesburg’s Africa Centre for Evidence and Chairperson of the Africa Evidence Network. Her work includes the production of evidence for decision-makers, as well as supporting civil servants to access and make sense of research.
Keynote title: Do evidence networks make a difference?

Patrick Mbah Okwen: 
Patrick is a Cameroonian medical doctor and health economist passionate about improving global health outcomes. He conducts public health research, and systematic reviews with both Cochrane and Campbell Collaborations.  Patrick works in health development in the areas of ICT as well as governance at public health institutions in Cameroon.
Keynote: Can we get to best current evidence in practice?

Threaded special sessions:

Session 1: Evidence for social and economic policy

This session will share African experiences of different channels through which different types of evidence are being used for better social and economic policies and practice.

Wednesday 13 September 2017 - 11:00 to 12:30. To sign-up, click on the title.

Session 2: Evidence to action: Start with the action

This session considers examples of how the Effective Health Care Consortium have tried to do this, and lessons learnt from these attempts.

Wednesday 13 September 2017 - 16:00 to 17:30. To sign-up, click on the title.

Session 3: Evidence-informed policy making within and beyond health: lessons learnt from initiatives using different forms of engagement

This session will demonstrate initiatives and networks for health policies across low- and middle-income countries.

Wednesday 13 September 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30. To sign-up, click on the title.

Keynote: Can we get to best current evidence in practice?