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Accra, Ghana, November 16, 2016: Fourteen Parliamentary staff from the Parliaments of Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe will be meeting in Kampala Uganda from 15th to 16th November 2016 to explore ways of improving Evidence Informed Policy Making in Parliaments. The meeting will be held at the Hotel Africana.

The meeting which is dubbed a “Learning Exchange Meeting” is being organised under the auspices of the VakaYiko programme. The programme, which is funded by DFID has been working for the past three years with the Research Departments of the Parliaments of Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe, to promote evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) within parliament as an institution. Evidence-informed policy making is a hall-mark of strong parliamentary institutions to ensure legislative decisions are  based on reliable, accurate and up-to-date information. 

The project has focused on building the capacities of staff of information production departments of the selected Parliaments. Over the course of the next six months, staff of the three VakaYiko parliaments will be participating in an international learning exchange.    

The Uganda meeting kick-starts the learning exchange and will be a working and participatory event, where participants will:

  • Define the problems that confront them as far as generation and uptake of evidence is concerned, which can be address through peer learning and peer assistantship; and
  • Define the mechanisms of peer learning and peer exchange to be carried out over a four-month period.

It is expected that through the project, parliamentary staff will learn together and learn from each other to engender evidence generation and use at their level as well as influence evidence uptake at the institutional levels of parliament. It will also lead to the development of a network of parliamentary staff who are in the frontline of evidence generation. The Uganda meeting will be followed by an online peer exchange and a final face-to-face meeting to be held in Accra, Ghana in the first quarter of 2017.    

Participants are drawn from a number of departments within their respective parliaments including Research, Library, ICT, Committees, and Budget Office.

The meeting will be led by the project team from the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), the implementing agency for the VakaYiko Project Extension. ACEPA is a not-for-profit organisation registered in Ghana, dedicated to building the capacity of African Parliaments and elected representative bodies at all levels of governance.

Also in attendance will be representatives from two Kenya-based organisations, the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), who will share their experiences working in EIPM with the participants.

Representatives of INASP, the lead organisation of the VakaYiko Consortium, will also take part in the deliberations.


Rasheed Draman, Executive Director, ACEPA – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Agnes Titriku, Program Manager, ACEPA – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.