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Rift Valley Institute

Making local knowledge work

Building Evidence into Policy and Practice in Kenya

Considerable time and effort are expended on monitoring and evaluation and on studies to improve humanitarian response in the East African region, but little is known about how the resulting evidence is used and valued by different  actors in the humanitarian system. In 2014, to shed light on this, DFID supported Development Initiatives to conduct a year long mapping and political economy study on the production and utilisation of humanitarian evidence in the East Africa region.


On Friday 19 February, the Rift Valley Forum hosted members of the study research team and representatives of DFID and the African Institute for Development Policy. Panellists discussed the findings of the study and, with specific reference to the example of the health sector in Kenya, explored how better collaboration between researchers, practitioners and policy makers can be built into humanitarian services systems.


Fiona Napier
Lead Researcher

Rose Oronje

Claudia Piacenza

Karen Rono
Development Initiatives

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