Parliamentary staff in three African countries share learning about using research and evidence in policy making

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Learning Exchange Meeting for Parliamentary Staff, Kampala – Uganda, 15 -16 November 2016

Fourteen members of parliamentary staff from the Parliaments of Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe will meet in Kampala, Uganda from 15 to 16 November 2016 to explore ways of improving evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) in parliaments. The meeting will be held at the Hotel Africana.

The meeting which is dubbed a “Learning Exchange Meeting” is being organized under the auspices of the VakaYiko programme. The programme, which is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has been working for the past three years  with the research departments of the Parliaments of Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe to promote EIPM within the parliaments. EIPM is a hallmark of strong parliamentary institutions and ensures that legislative decisions are based on reliable, accurate and up-to-date information. 

The VakaYiko project has focused on building the capacities of staff of information production departments of the selected parliaments. In this next phase, staff members of the three VakaYiko parliaments are participating in an international learning exchange.    

The Uganda meeting, which kick-starts the learning exchange, will be a working and participatory event. Participants will:

  • Define the problems that confront them as far as generation and uptake of evidence is concerned, which can be address through peer learning and peer assistantship; and
  • Define the mechanisms of peer learning and peer exchange to be carried out over a four-month period. 

It is expected that, through the project, parliamentary staff will learn together and learn from each other to engender evidence generation and use at their level as well as influence evidence uptake at the institutional levels of parliament. It will also lead to the development of a network of parliamentary staff who are in the frontline of evidence generation. The Uganda meeting will be followed by an online peer exchange and a final face-to-face meeting to be held in Accra, Ghana in the first quarter of 2017.    

Participants are drawn from a number of departments within their respective parliaments including Research, Library, ICT, Committees, and Budget Office.

The meeting will be led by the project team from the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), the implementing agency for the VakaYiko Project Extension. ACEPA is a not-for-profit organization registered in Ghana, dedicated to building the capacity of African Parliaments and elected representative bodies at all levels of governance.

Also in attendance will be representatives from two Kenya-based organizations, the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), who will share their experiences working in EIPM with the participants.

Representatives of INASP, the lead organization of the VakaYiko Consortium, will also take part in the deliberations.

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