UJ’s Africa centre for evidence receives over R6 million grant from the Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Africa Centre for Evidence has been generously awarded a grant of R6 926 950 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The grant is for The Africa Evidence Network (AEN), AEN is community of over 1000 people across the continent, supported by a secretariat at the Africa Centre for Evidence at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Prof Ruth Stewart says “We believe that only together can evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) become a reality. As a continent-wide 'made-in-Africa' network spanning the major stakeholder groups in EIDM, we have the potential to change norms in the use of evidence for the benefit of our region”.
This grant will enable the AEN to develop its strategic plan, refine its consultation, advisory and governance structures, and broaden its funding base. This will be achieved through the appointment of a senior manager, establishment of an advisory group, analysis of our membership, consultation with our members, revision of our governance structures, and preparation of a strategic plan. Furthermore this will ensure continuation of AEN communications and networking events, this will also pilot a number of new network activities to enhance information sharing, increased understanding and raised awareness of EIDM in Africa.