On 20 October 2015, the Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) is partnering with the United States (US) Embassy Public Affairs Section to host a knowledge café on "Evidence Informed Policymaking in Zimbabwe: Challenges, Successes and Opportunities".
The event will combine ZeipNET’s Knowledge Café series and the US Embassy’s Food for Thought series. Both platforms share a common goal of creating an enabling environment for engaging citizens, media, civil society and government departments on key national topical issues.
The objective of this latest knowledge café (KC) is to demystify and reflect on the concept of EIPM and to highlight challenges and opportunities for the use of evidence in Zimbabwe’s policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and review. Of particular note, the KC seeks to obtain insight into what we can do to promote the routine use of evidence in policy making.
Moderated by Ronald Munatsi and Gilchrist Ndongwe from ZeipNET, the discussion will include: Charles Dhewa, Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Transfer Africa (Pvt) Ltd and Knowledge Management Specialist; Onesimo Maguwu, Programme Manager, Knowledge Management, UNICEF Zimbabwe; and Willie Ganda, Director, Research Development & Innovation in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.
The event will take place on 20 October 2015 from 2.30pm to 5.00pm at the US Embassy Public Affairs Offices at Eastgate Mall (CBD), Harare, Zimbabwe. For more information see this guest blog post from Ronald Munatsi and Gilchrist Ndongwe.
About Knowledge Cafés (KCs)
KCs are targeted at the general public. These events aim to discuss the importance of using evidence in policy making. They can either discuss evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) in general or focus on a specific topic. KCs are informal events where content and language is made relevant for anyone interested in civic/public issues. Held in an informal setting, these events are open to everyone and will usually have approximately 40-70 participants. Furthermore, KCs provide ZeipNET with an opportunity to promote its work and be perceived as a credible organization that can engage researchers and policy makers to help improve Zimbabwe’s EIPM processes. A KC takes a participatory approach using audience-facilitated discussions that enables experience and maximum participation. For further information regarding KCs please read the VakaYiko Strategy for Policy Dialogues and Knowledge Cafes in Zimbabwe.