About ARIN

The Africa Research and Impact Network is an International Think Tank designed as a network of over 200 researchers and policymakers, with National Focal Points across 36 African countries aimed at; i) consolidating evidence from various African contexts and leveraging these to support policies and capacity building, and ii) promoting research excellence and sharing on best research and impact practices.

ARIN has vast experience in generating and consolidating evidence on what works or not, focusing on the key strategic sectors or themes within the global research and development agenda. ARIN provides a unique convening platform for the science-policy interface in Africa, building on research evidence. It recognizes that Africa is home to multiple researchers, innovation, and best policy practices, but these remain poorly shared and utilized to inform impactful Research and Development Agenda.

ARIN, therefore, provides a peer review platform where best research and impact practices from different African contexts are shared, profiled, and leveraged to inform transformative policy action.

Our Mission

ARIN’s mission is to promote research excellence and dialogue on best research and impact practices, by providing platforms for science-policy interface in Africa, building on research evidence.

Our Focus

ARIN’s thematic focus is tailored towards addressing sectors identified by African countries as key development frontiers. These thematic areas might slightly vary from country to country in terms of prioritization. Within the thematic areas, the ARIN focuses on:

a. Analysing and forecasting research and development needs for the continent
b. Supporting contextual knowledge systems and learnings
c. Profiling models of best research and policy practices from various parts of the African continent and sharing these at the sub-continent and            continental levels
d. Convening evidence and impact dialogues
e. Supporting the capacity of individuals and institutions on transformative research and impact pathways
f. Establishing knowledge convening platforms/databases for access by different stakeholders
g. Undertaking strategic consultations for governments, donors, and NGOs