A two-day international symposium on approaches to capacity building for evidence-informed policy making ended in Accra Thursday with a national stakeholder forum on evidence-informed policy making in Ghana.
The symposium, which marks the end of a three-year VakaYiko project, attracted over 35 researchers, practitioners and policy makers from 12 countries, who shared their experiences, challenges and solutions to building capacity for evidence-informed policy making.
Thursday’s forum was hosted by Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), VakaYiko partner in Ghana, “to consolidate knowledge gained from all strands of VakaYiko work in Ghana.” It also explored “opportunities for improving evidence use in Ghana’s policymaking processes and promote networking among the different stakeholders.”
To meet the objectives, GINKS brought together past participants of its EIPM training programmes, resource persons from the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) and the academia to critically examine the impact the three-year EIPM training had had on Ghana’s civil service and parliament, the two institutions in Ghana that went through the EIPM training.
Two beneficiaries of the EIPM training at the CSTC, Mrs Thywill Eyra Kpe of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Mr George Amoah of the Ministry of Labour shared their experiences in two separate presentations: The use of evidence in the Gender Ministry of Ghana and EIPM in Ghana-perspectives from the evidence absorbing units of a Ministry.
Dr Isaac Mensah-Bonsu, National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), highlighted the collaboration between the commission and Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that the developmental plans of the commission are in sync with the MDAs in a presentation ‘on existing systems for evidence uptake in policymaking.
Read about the VakaYiko Symposium Program in Photo Story