Evidence-informed policy-making

International Forum

Evidence-Informed Health Policymaking in Low and Middle-Income Countries: An International Forum

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 28 to 30 August 2012

The International Forum is hosted by SURE - Supporting the Use of Research Evidence in African Health Systems, a research consortium funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, together with the WHO Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) and the Regional East African Community Health (REACH) Policy Initiative. The local host is the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (ENHRI), which houses the EVIPNet Ethiopia team. The aims of the International Forum are:  

  • To share experiences with (and resources for) evidence-informed health policymaking (EIHP) in low and middle-income countries.
  • To identify opportunities for improving country-level efforts to support EIHP in low and middle-income countries.
  • To provide an opportunity for networking among initiatives to support EIHP.

Participants are policy-makers, researchers, representatives of civil society organizations, journalists—all “doers” of evidence-informed policy-making striving to unite the science and the action in knowledge translation. Dr Tewodros Adhanom, The Minister of Health will open the event.  

The Forum will predominantly use small group, interactive approaches rather than large plenary sessions and didactic presentations. On the days prior to the forum, with the generous support of IDRC, participants will organise a doctoral students workshop and a one day workshop with journalists and representatives of civil society organizations working with evidence-informed policy-making. Regional and global EVIPNet meetings will launch the EVIPNet Strategic Plan for 2012-2015.    

Organizers will prepare a final report with the main findings from the small groups discussions. This report will be soon disseminated by EVIPNetNews.

More information about the International Forum on Evidence-informed health policy-making in Low and Middle-Income Countries and the programme at: