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Why ARIN was created

Africa is at an inflection point. On the one hand, it disproportionately faces numerous development challenges, from climate change to chronic poverty. But on the other hand, the continent is endowed with abundant natural and human resources. Africa is the youngest continent in the world, with a media age of 19, that underscores the immense untapped potential. But for this potential to be fully realized, cutting edge research and policy advice will be crucial.

The ARIN platform brings together a network of scholars across Africa who have been undertaking research in various fields including natural resource management, climate change, agriculture, forestry, energy, water, trade, gender and cities to leverage their knowledge and experiences in helping research and donor organisations understand and pursue impact pathways. The team includes both top level researchers and technocrats.

Over the last decades, Africa has experienced intense research and policy activities in various sectors especially health, agriculture, energy and lately climate change and other disasters. Similarly, the continent is home to numerous national and multilateral policies on trade, environment, food security among others.

Despite these efforts, there is still limited information about what works in various African contexts and the capabilities needed to translate available research into impactful outcomes. Furthermore, the extent to which existing policies are interpreted, evaluated and are actually effective in response to the continent’s needs is widely unknown, poorly documented, and underreported. Part of the reason is the lack of a dedicated platform to bring talented African researchers together to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and leverage their capabilities towards analyzing and identifying Africa’s research priorities.

The continent has experienced intense research activities in various sectors especially health and agriculture. Similarly the continent is home to numerous national and multilateral policies on trade, environment, food security among others. Despite these noble steps there eisit little evidence on what is needed i.e. pathways to help translate available outputs into impactful outcomes. Further, the extent to which evsisting policies are interpreted, evaluated and made effective and responsive to the continent’s needs is widely unknown poorly documented and reported. Some of the reasons behind this include:

  • Lack of dedicated platform for research reviews , gap analysis and forecasting
  • Lack of dedicated platform for policy reviews, interpretations, evaluations and forecasting
  • Lack of clear understanding of the pathways for promoting research into use
  • Lack of intellectual capacity to undertake research and policy reviews, gap analysis and forecasting
  • Lack of innovative networks of scientists, policy makers and other key actors working together to design interventions from scientific evidence.

In the context of transformative sustainable development and applying knowledge to drive innovation, there is urgent need to clarify pathways and options through which past, present and future research can effectively inform policy/ development actions and support research organisations towards pursuing these pathways.

Ongoing Initiatives

Energy catalyst

Knowledge management

Dialogues – Sustainability dialogues

Capability incubation – ARIN-ASH summer school

Technical support and translation: AU-GIF, NDC partnership, climate finance capacity building, LREB

Funding

Core Funds

Grants

Consultancies

Our vision

ARIN seeks to identify and leverage on key research talents to flexibly and innovatively contribute to Africa’s research transformation, policy analysis and capacity building.

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