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PEER Africa forum 2018: Data For Decision Making
july 30 - august 2, 2018
accra Ghana

Accra 2018 Group

The PEER Africa Forum 2018: Data for Decision Making was held in Accra, Ghana, from July 30 through August 2, 2018. The Forum welcomed more than 70 participants, including PEER PIs and project team members, NGO and private sector representatives, and national and international government officials. The agenda focused on how evidence generated by PEER projects can help policymakers make better informed decisions and how PEER researchers can communicate their findings and recommendations most effectively to various audiences. The first day was dedicated to in-depth training on data analysis and GIS to help PIs incorporate the associated tools and data into their projects. The next three days focused on using data for decision making, with attendees hearing presentations and panel discussions featuring a range of stakeholders, including local government ministers, staff from USAID and other U.S. Government agencies, and NGO representatives who shared their experiences and recommendations on how scientists can gather and disseminate their data to non-scientific audiences with maximum impact. PIs also met in subject-matter working groups to share their ongoing work, consider technical developments in their specific fields, and discuss policy and programmatic impacts achieved.
Participant Posters and Presentations

Agriculture        Biodiversity        Climate        Energy        Environment        Health        Water
Accra 2018 - GIS TrainingAccra 2018 Poster

Speaker Presentations

July 30: GIS Training

GIS Training
Kevin Horn, GeoCenter, USAID DC
Emmanuel Antoh, USAID Ghana
Rebekke Muench, NASA SERVIR

July 31: Data & Technology Driving Development Decision Making

Welcome & Introductions
Annica Wayman, USAID DC

Development Challenges and Data/ Tech Solutions for Africa
Hon. Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Ghana

Data and Technology for Development Decision Making
Moderated by Annica Wayman, USAID DC
Sheila Mensah, Regional Health Office, USAID West Africa
Lara Campbell, Office of International Science and Engineering, NSF
Marcella Witting, Office of International Research Programs, USDA ARS

Evidence to Action: Indonesia Alliance for Policy Research
Moderator: Annica Wayman, USAID/Washington
Panel: Dr. Ocky Radjasa, Diponegoro University; Petrarca Karetji, KSI; Medelina Hendytio, Centre for Strategic and International Studies

USAID/ PEER Open Data Policy
Melissa Day, USAID DC

August 1: Using Data and Technology to fill Policy Gaps

Satellite, Mapping, and Data Collection for Development in Africa
Rebekke Muench, Science Coordination Office, NASA SERVIR
Robinson Mugo, RCMRD, SERVIR East and South Africa
Kenneth Mubea, RCMRD, SERVIR East and South Africa
Foster Mensah, University of Ghana

Innovative Development in Africa: Looking to the Future
Moderated by Adelaide Asante, Science, Technology, & Innovation, MESTI Ghana
Koku Awooner-Williams, Policy, Planning, Monitoring, & Evaluation Division, GHS
Sebusang Sebusang, Technologies, BITRI
Chihenyo Kangara, Climate Change & Resilience Office, USAID East Africa

August 2: Stakeholder Mapping, Data Marketing

Stakeholder Mapping
Brent Wells, USAID DC

Catering Communications for Stakeholders: Best Practices
Moderated by Amma Aboagye, USAID West Africa
Ibrahim Inusah, GINKS;
Heidi McAnnally-Linz, Policy & Communications Team, IPA;
Ernest Armah, Research & Content Development, Odekro;
Lessons in Successful Communication from a Scientist with Practice
Dela Nai, Population Council Ghana

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