[okfn-za] Use of evidence in sub-Saharan African countries

Stephen Porter Stephen.Porter at wits.ac.za
Fri Feb 14 06:30:12 UTC 2014

Dear All,

You might be interested to view our recently published final synthesis
report and 5 case studies on the supply of and demand for evidence in
sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia).

What may be of interest is that the studies applied a political economy
lens to help to understand evidence use in the policy process. The
challenge this presents to open knowledge networks is that while
information can be made available it is politics that conditions its use
to support of development. Although we did not cover South Africa, the
reports contain frameworks that may be of help in thinking about different
political opportunities for making datasets available.

The reports are available of the following site:


In addition, should any of you be undertaking or have recently completed a
PhD we have research grants available for those looking to better
understand the countries M&E systems.



Stephen Porter
Director CLEAR-AA
Graduate School of Public and Development Management
2 St David's Place
University of the Witwatersrand, Jo'burg
tel: +27 11 717 3620
efax: +27 867655860

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