Afrobarometer Policy Conference to be held in Accra
The Afrobarometer Network is organizing a two-day conference in Accra for policymakers from Africa, international organizations and donor partners. The conference is on the theme “Why Empirical Evidence Matters in the Policy Process”. The two day conference which takes off from September 23, 2010is the capstone event for Afrobarometer Round Four and has the following objectives:
- To deepen appreciation of the relevance of survey-based evidence on public attitudes and behaviors to effective policy development and programming;
- To promote the use of evidence-based policy analysis within and among African and international development/good governance promotion agencies and actors;
- To provide a platform for deliberating on and deepening insights into what can be done to enhance the relevance of the Afrobarometer to policy actors; and
- To deliberate on what could be done to enhance the prospects for the Afrobarometer to overcome the challenges it faces in reaching its key goals.
This policy conference is the first of its kind to be organized by the Afrobarometer Network. It is hoped that it would become a regular event on the Network’s calendar. The Afrobarometer is an independent, non-partisan research instrument that measures the social, political and economic atmosphere in Western, Eastern and Sothern Africa. The surveys are aimed at capturing the views of ordinary Africans on the social, economic and political situation in their respective countries. The survey findings provide an empirical basis for policy making and programming, aid the demand for and supply of public accountability and help to stimulate dialogue on African political, economic and social development issues.
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