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2022 Africa Evidence Summit

Conference   |   Jun 29 2022 - Jun 30 2022

Participants at the 2019 Summit
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About the Conference

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is holding its 10th Annual Africa Evidence Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on June 29-30, 2022. The summit is an annual gathering that brings together our network of East and West African scholars, U.S.-based faculty, policymakers, and practitioners to disseminate the latest research findings from the region and forge new connections. We are delighted to partner with the Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa (NIERA), the University of Rwanda (UR), and CEGA’s Digital Credit Observatory (DCO) to host this event.
CEGA’s Global Networks program launched in 2011 with our flagship program, the East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative. EASST has built a robust network of talented East African scholars conducting rigorous impact evaluations of social programs in the region, who established NIERA in 2018. In 2019, CEGA expanded to begin working in West Africa, together with the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) on Development Impact West Africa (DIWA). For our 10th Annual Summit, we are delighted to bring these networks together and showcase evidence on East and West Africa from leading researchers.


Please register to attend by following the link on the right and stay tuned for more details on the agenda in April. We kindly request that you RSVP by June 8. We encourage attendance by interested faculty, PhD students, postdocs, researchers, implementing partners, practitioners, and policymakers. Please note that there are no registration fees for the Summit, though attendees are expected to cover the costs of their own travel and accommodation. We have a small fund available to sponsor select African scholars to attend, see below for details.

Bursary Fund Application


CEGA has a small pool of funding to support select East African and Anglophone West African researchers (who are from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda, the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon and hold a current institutional affiliation in one of these countries) to travel to the Africa Evidence Summit in Rwanda on June 29-30, 2022. We will be sharing our selected Bursary Fund recipients in early May.

There is also the opportunity for bursary participants to present a poster, please see here for more information and to apply. We will inform applicants if they have been selected by early May.

Call for Posters


CEGA invites academics, practitioners, and international development organizations to submit a poster for the Summit. We will highlight posters from both individuals and organizations in two different categories:

1) [Individual] Research Abstract: Researchers are welcome to submit a poster showcasing early-stage research or to disseminate policy-relevant research).

2) [Individual or Organization] Programmatic Learnings and Opportunities: We welcome individuals or organizations who have conducted capacity strengthening activities for African scholars to showcase their successes and learnings. This can include, but is not limited to curriculum development in evaluation methods, mentorship programs, short term trainings, inclusive journal policies, etc). This is also an opportunity for organizations to highlight relevant upcoming opportunities for African scholars.

The deadline to apply is April 25, 2022 11:59 PM PST. Please see here for more information.


Please see a draft agenda for the event here (subject to changes). Our confirmed speakers thus far:

  • Oluwabunmi Adejumo, Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Annet Adong, Makarere University
  • Ester Agasha, Makarere University Business School
  • Suleiman Asman, Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Oscar Barriga-Cabanillas, World Bank Group
  • Dagim Belay, University of Copenhagen
  • Jeanine Condo, Rwanda Biomedical Center
  • Mutembesa Daniel, Artificial Intelligence Research Lab, Makerere University
  • Denise Ferris, BRAC
  • Prachi Jain, Loyola Marymount University
  • Aleksandra Jakubowski, UC Berkeley
  • Dean Karlan, Northwestern University
  • Berber Kramer, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Werner Maokola, Ministry of Health Tanzania
  • Tigist Mekonnen, World Bank Group
  • Edward Miguel, UC Berkeley
  • Samuel Muhula, Amref Health Africa
  • Ronald Mulebeke, Makerere University School of Public Health
  • Suraj Nair, UC Berkeley
  • Michel Ndayikeza, University of Burundi
  • Muthoni Ng’ang’a, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Aimable Nsabimana, University of Rwanda 
  • Fred Otieno, IBM Research
  • James Ogada, Busara Center for Behavioral Research
  • David Sungho Park, KDI School of Public Policy and Management
  • Solomon Zena Walelign, International Center for Evaluation and Development

COVID-19 Protocols

Given the current and anticipated public health conditions in Rwanda, we expect to hold this event in-person safely. We will continue monitoring the situation and notify you of any changes. All COVID-19 protocols, as outlined by the Government of Rwanda, shall be respected. These updated guidelines will be shared with all participants in June.  Please note that the hotel requires guests and event participants to be fully vaccinated.

Other traveler health information

Please see this CDC website for more information on travelers’ health in Rwanda, including recommended vaccines.
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Date & Time

Jun 29 2022 - Jun 30 2022
09:00 - 05:30 Central Africa Time


Kigali, Rwanda

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Code of Conduct

CEGA is dedicated to a harassment-free event experience for everyone. Our Code of Conduct can be found here.

Event Partners

NIERA’s mission is to advance decision-focused impact evaluation of development programs through capacity building, evidence generation and policy outreach.

The University of Rwanda is a public research university and Rwanda's largest higher education institution.

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