This report reflects on different approaches to develop capacity for the use of evidence in policy making.The VakaYiko Consortium is a three-year project involving five organizations working primarily in three countries in the first phase: Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Work in a fourth country, Uganda, started in late 2015.
The idea behind the Consortium is to combine policy making related expertise from the South and the North. The Consortium works with members as the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), the Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Making Network (ZeipNET) and the Parliament of Uganda, to build and facilitate the use of evidence in development, policy making and development decisions. The VakaYiko programme provides a collaborative platform for parliaments and parliamentarians to share best practices and information on how to meet global and national challenges in climate change, health systems, development issues.