EVIDENCE 2018 - 25-28 September 2018, Pretoria, South Africa

Brought to you by the Africa Evidence Network

Welcome to the EVIDENCE Conference Webpage

Evidence 2016: What an exciting and productive conference 

Our Africa Evidence Network team at the University of Johannesburg is still buzzing from the excitement of the successful Evidence 2016 conference held in Pretoria in late September. We welcomed 145 people from across the continent to the CSIR’s International Convention Centre for an event sponsored by the City of Tshwane, 3ie and the DFID funded UJ-BCURE programme.

Delegates from 17 countries enjoyed 17 plenary presentations, 23 abstract presentations, 36 landscape maps & oral poster presentations and 2 training workshops. 

There was an energy from across the community for the conference’s critical engagement with the challenges of ensuring evidence is both useful and used, and the innovative solutions proposed by this ‘made in Africa’ network. The inclusion in the conference of public servants from 14 governments across Africa, as well as members of national and international NGOs, and members of civil society groups kept the discussion focussed on real world problems.  

The conference discussed our new ‘brand’ of Evidence+ events which will take place across the continent in the intervening years between our main biennial Evidence conferences. Plans for 2017 are well under way for an event in Kampala, Uganda with Makerere University and for the AEN to play a role in both the AfrEA conference in Uganda in March and the Global Evidence Summit in South Africa in September. Perhaps most exciting, by the end of the 3 days of Evidence 2016, we had generated enough interest and energy that we were able to announce the dates of Evidence 2018 – to be held back in Pretoria on 25 th-28 th September 2018. 

It was our privilege to host this exciting and productive event in September. To those unable to attend, we hope you were able to join in via social media. Presentations, blogs, reports, photos and more will continue to be updated via our website. For those who were able to join us, thank you for your contributions, energy and friendship. We hope to see you all again soon.

Background to the Africa Evidence Network

The Network was conceived in December 2012 following the Campbell Collaboration’s mini-colloquium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At this colloquium, a number of African delegates from various systematic review and EIDM organisations had a meeting at which they agreed to form a network with the purpose of sharing information, experiences and ideas on EIDM. The AEN thus seeks to link up people and activities across various fields, initiatives and organisations working to produce and use evidence. The AEN is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) via the University of Johannesburg’s Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (UJ-BCURE) Programme, an initiative aimed at enhancing the use of evidence in the governments of South Africa and Malawi through mentorship programmes and practical workshops.

In November 2014 (25-28 November 2014), the AEN hosted its first ever colloquium in Johannesburg which brought together the EIDM community from the African continent and beyond. It served to pay testimony to the growing appetite and demand for evidence and to connect producers and users of such evidence.


EVIDENCE 2018 will take place from 25 - 28 September 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.