Living through a very disruptive pandemic and realizing that we are in it together, requires unprecedented collaboration. The year 2020 also brought with it enormous opportunities.

The Center swiftly adapted to the new normal and pursued a mutual and  impact focused outreach strategy with  key policy actors.  We deepened our policy focused partnerships and collaboration with regional bodies, civil society organizations and the media. We ramped up our collaborative efforts with the East African Community (EAC), the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) and the West African Health Organization (WAHO) on  sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In addition, building on the success of previous engagements with the Government of Kenya, the Center was designated a research to policy partner for the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation.

In a landmark step to open gender data up to the world, the Center partnered with Global Health 50/50 and the International Center for Research on Women to launch the world’s most comprehensive global public dashboard, under the Sex, Gender and COVID-19 Project. We are illustrating clearly how COVID-19 affects the health of men and women differently across the globe while dramatically increasing the number of countries monitored.

In 2020, we expanded our partnerships into all areas of our work. We started new partnerships with like minded policy research organizations, and started new initiatives in COVID-19 related research while keeping alive our research focus on matters that continue to be pertinent to the health and wellbeing of Africans.