Africa must generate research data that is relevant to its circumstances. However, for this to happen, Africans must be at the fore front of driving this research. Undoubtedly, some progress has been made over the last decade with Africa’s research output doubling from 1% to 2% of the world’s total output. However, given that the continent’s share of global population is 15%, a lot more still needs to be done.
At APHRC, we remain uniquely driven by the ambition to improve the volume, relevance and quality of research in Africa by Africans that ultimately improves the wellbeing of Africans. The Center is led by Africans generating groundbreaking scientific evidence about the continent that gets translated into policy.
Our research in education, health challenges and systems, population dynamics and reproductive health, and urbanization and wellbeing has proven invaluable in developing solutions to the massive health and educational issues posed by continuing high rates of population growth in many of the continent’s societies; Our two innovative capacity building programs have helped to develop the research skills of over 250 Doctorate students across the continent; and our policy engagement and communications division continues to engage policy makers with policy-relevant evidence for policy and programmatic action.
Join APHRC in building and strengthening the capacity of African researchers under our Research Capacity Strengthening and support the Center in championing evidence based development decisions that will ensure the highest possible quality of life for the people of Africa.
Here are just 10 reasons why you would want to support us. The African Population and Health Research Center:
1. Is Africa-based and African-led.
2. Combines scientific rigor with policy relevance in improving understanding of the continent’s key development challenges.
3. Attracts highly-skilled, multi-disciplinary staff from a diverse range of African countries generating groundbreaking research about the continent through nearly 50 research projects implemented in about 17 countries each year.
4. Has extensive practical experience in public health and population related research across sub-Saharan Africa that determines and addresses decision-making priorities.
5. Has achieved success in guiding evidence-based policy and practice decisions at the local, national and regional level.
6. Has fostered the high-level scholarly skill of more than 250 doctoral candidates in African universities in the last six years.
7. Publishes nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals each year.
8. Serves on international, national, and regional expert committees which guide the setting of research and policy agendas.
9. Maintains a longitudinal health and demographic surveillance system in urban informal settlements that has shone a spotlight and stimulated evidence-based actions, providing evidence on the links between urbanization, poverty and health.
10. Has earned the trust and support of major funders and partners such as Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda gates Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, IDRC, Wellcome Trust, SIDA, DFID / UKAid, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, the Rockefeller Foundation and many more.
What can you do?
You can provide core support to the Center that will allow its researchers to innovate even more and develop research programs and capacity strengthening initiatives that will cement the place of evidence in decision making in Africa