Role of Science in Assisting Regional Development Workshop – Ethiopia, October


North Eastern Africa Workshop Series on the Role of Science in Assisting Regional Policy Development

28th to the 31st of October 2019
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences and INGSA were pleased to co-host a series of science advice workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 28th to the 31st of October 2019.

The workshop series was designed for policymakers and scientists living or working in North Eastern Africa to enhance capacities in embedding evidence in policymaking at all levels of government.

The series of events included:

28-29 Oct A one and a half day science advice workshop with policymakers and select researchers and scientists
29 Oct A half day open public evidence informed policy-making forum – all welcome, particularly the academic and research community
30 Oct A one day workshop focusing on the role of science advice for health – seeking both policymakers and health researchers
31 Oct A one day science advice workshop dedicated for young scientists



Many of the challenges facing modern societies cannot be adequately addressed by solely using common sense, experience, ideological principles, or basic analytical methods. Whether it is climate change, renewable energy, natural disasters, food security, or disease pandemics, policymakers need scientific advice to inform their decisions. Obtaining rigorous and useful science advice in a timely manner is not a trivial matter and taking careful account of such advice in complex policy areas of interest to many different stakeholders is not always straightforward.

The interface between science, politics and society at large is challenging for both policymakers and scientists. While, science advice training may not be in the mainstream training of scientists and policymakers, there is an increasing need for scientists and policymakers to have science advice and communication skills to ensure that evidence-based policies result in positive impact to all stakeholders.

The objective of this workshop series was to understand, appreciate and upskill participants in how to facilitate evidence-informed policy-making.

We are grateful to our funding partner IDRC for supporting this workshop series.


Sir Peter Gluckman Keynote Speech



Workshop materials and presentations

Final workshop agenda

Welcoming Remarks and associated slides by Prof. Tsige Gebre-Mariam, President, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences 

Opening Address by H.E. Prof. Afework Kassu, State Minister, Ministry of Science & Higher Education, Ethiopia

Evidence Informed Policy Making: An Ethiopian Perspective by H.E. Prof. Afework Kassu, State Minister, Ministry of Science & Higher Education, Ethiopia

An introduction to the ‘twilight zone’ between science and policy: Principles, structures and pitfalls of science advice by Dr Jan Marco Muller, Acting Chief Operations Officer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis 

Strengthening the Science/Policy Nexus by Emily Hayter, Senior Programme Specialist, INASP 

Factors Affecting Evidence Use for Policymakers by Emily Hayter, Senior Programme Specialist, INASP 

Evidence for Diplomacy by Mahlet N. Mesfin, Visiting Scholar Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

Conclusions of day one by Dr Taye Assefa of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences 

A report back from the co-partnered Global Young Academy Science Advice and Science Leadership workshop by Dawit Gebregziabher and Hailekiros Sibhato 


Case Studies

Republic of Estrela: Internal displacement, climate change & planning case study with mentor notes and discussion slides 

Ostal: waste, land use & technological development – a sufficiency of evidence case with mentor notes

Swamperia: future technology in the fight against malaria case study with mentor notes and discussion slides