Africa has a real challenge when it comes to using academic research and evidence to design policies.
Linking policymakers with research relevant for implementing the SDGs is difficult. But building strong relationships between them and researchers is a good place to start.
Successful policy interventions, especially those in the social realm influenced by the vagaries of human behaviour, don’t seem to travel well.
Africa’s complex and seemingly insurmountable social and economic problems are a golden opportunity to demonstrate the value that research can bring. Scientists need to rise to the challenge.