By Waiswa Wafula
The Africa Evidence Network has awarded this year’s African Evidence Leadership Award to Diana Warira.
“Still digesting this wonderful news! I look forward to a great year as a strong advocate for #EIPM in Africa as an @Africa_evidence ambassador! There’s no better pathway to sustainable development in Africa.” She shared her joy on a twitter post.
Diana Warira is a Policy Manager managing J-PAL’s Gender and Economic Agency initiative (GEA) in East Africa and is based at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Kenya. She works with governments and non-state actors in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to build strategic relationships and synthesize and facilitate the use of evidence to inform public policies on women’s work in doing research work with the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results, Anglophone Africa and a communications advisory role for the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance.
She has also worked a Communications Officer at the African Institute for Development Policy where she worked for nearly five years in the communications and policy engagement team enhancing evidence-informed policymaking in Africa on issues including the demographic dividend and adolescent sexual and reproductive health, among others.
Diana also served in a similar role at the African Population and Health Research Center for nearly two years.
Diana is also an alumna of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center, East Africa, and has inspired fellow alumni to actively play a role in Africa’s demographic dividend agenda
Diana is an alumna of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding program and a member of various professional associations including the Africa Evidence Network and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, among others.
She is a final year graduate student at Daystar University pursuing an MA in Communication (development communication major), and also holds a BSc in Information Science (publishing and media studies major) from Moi University.
The African Evidence Leadership Award seeks to recognise individuals who have demonstrated clear and enduring leadership in the field of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) on the Africa continent. The award also recognises the efforts of individuals who are innovating with interventions that promote, support and enable the use of evidence in decision making in government institutions.
Through the Africa EVIDENCE Network, Diana will get an opportunity to deliver a keynote address on her work at the biennial Evidence programme, economy return-flight tickets and accommodation while attending the biennial Evidence Conference in 2022, a travel grant of up to $1500 and a token of recognition presented at the next Evidence in-person event.