Supporting evidence use in African parliaments: emerging insights

Organised by INASP, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch, UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Event type External Event
Location Attlee Suite, UK Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, UK
Start date 24 April 2017 14:30
End date 15:30

How can UK stakeholders support Parliaments in developing countries to strengthen their use of research and evidence?

Parliaments need quality evidence from many different sources to perform their key democratic functions of making legislation, representing citizens and exercising oversight over government. But what are the features of an effective parliamentary research and information support system? And how can UK stakeholders support parliaments to strengthen their capacity for using evidence in decision making?

Drawing on our experience in the parliaments of Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Malawi, we will ask:

  • What are the key barriers to evidence use faced by these parliaments?
  • What role can parliamentary research and information servicesplay in supporting evidence use in these countries?
  • What are our emerging insights about strengthening capacity for evidence use in parliaments?

Date and venue

  • When: 24 April 2017, 2.30-3.30pm, followed by a reception until 4pm
  • Where: Attlee Suite, UK Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, UK


  • Rasheed Draman, Executive Director, African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs, Accra, Ghana
  • Chandrika Nath, Deputy Director, UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Peter Acuch, Senior Research Officer, Department of Research Services, Parliament of Uganda


  • Alexander Ademokun, Evidence into Action Team, Research and Evidence Division, UK Department for International Development 

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