Role of Science in Assisting Regional Policy Development – North Eastern Africa Workshop Series – Ethiopia, 2019


Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA: The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences and INGSA were pleased to co-host a series of science advice workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 28th to the 31st of October 2019.

The workshop series was designed for policymakers and scientists living or working in North Eastern Africa to enhance capacities in embedding evidence in policymaking at all levels of government.

The series of events included:

28-29 OctA one and a half day science advice workshop with policymakers and select researchers and scientists
29 OctA half day open public evidence informed policy-making forum – all welcome, particularly the academic and research community
30 OctA one day workshop focusing on the role of science advice for health – seeking both policymakers and health researchers
31 OctA one day science advice workshop dedicated for young scientists

Many of the challenges facing modern societies cannot be adequately addressed by solely using common sense, experience, ideological principles, or basic analytical methods. Whether it is climate change, renewable energy, natural disasters, food security, or disease pandemics, policymakers need scientific advice to inform their decisions. Obtaining rigorous and useful science advice in a timely manner is not a trivial matter and taking careful account of such advice in complex policy areas of interest to many different stakeholders is not always straightforward.

The interface between science, politics and society at large is challenging for both policymakers and scientists. While, science advice training may not be in the mainstream training of scientists and policymakers, there is an increasing need for scientists and policymakers to have science advice and communication skills to ensure that evidence-based policies result in positive impact to all stakeholders.

The objective of this workshop series was to understand, appreciate and upskill participants in how to facilitate evidence-informed policy-making.

We are grateful to our funding partner IDRC for supporting this workshop series.

Thanks to Alison Flynn and Binyam Sisay Mendisu for producing the Workshop Report

Sir Peter Gluckman Keynote Speech


Workshop Materials and Presentations

Case Studies

Republic of Estrela: Internal displacement, climate change & planning case study with mentor notes and discussion slides 

Ostal: waste, land use & technological development – a sufficiency of evidence case with mentor notes

Swamperia: future technology in the fight against malaria case study with mentor notes and discussion slides