Africa Centre for Evidence
The Africa Centre for Evidence is a research organisation based at the University of Johannesburg that was founded at the end of 2016. ACE’s mission is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality in Africa and South Africa through the use of evidence. To achieve this goal, ACE aligns all its work with the Sustainable Development Goals and the National Development Plan of South Africa. There are four strategic goals that ACE organises its work according to: 1) understand the art and science of using evidence better, 2) build strong evidence capacities, 3) support meaningful evidence communities, 4) produce rigorous and relevant evidence syntheses. The ACE team is multi-disciplinary, and ACE is the secretariat to the AEN.
ACE’s work is value-driven; ACE is: motivated by making a positive, rights-based and socially-just difference; committed to equity and equality; focused on building trust and relationships; dedicated to sharing capacity and opportunity; respectful of others’ expertise, experience and perspectives; committed to zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse; and unwavering in delivering high-quality work, on time, and to budget.