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The Evidence-based Policy in Development Network (ebpdn) was set up with one purpose in mind: to promote our understanding of the role that evidence plays in policy-making in developing countries and in international development policy. Over the years, several studies and events have helped to shed light on the factors that explain the uptake of evidence; factors that the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme synthesised in 2003. These are political context; the nature and presentation of the evidence; links or networks; and the external environment (Court & Young, 2003).
Daily Monitor, Uganda
Twebaze, 25, chose to sell off his late brother’s land, the family had assigned him to administer on behalf of an orphan. He sold it to a neighbour at Shs340, 000. But two months later after the transaction was made, the family learnt of the deal and it strongly objected to it. The family ordered Twebaze, a resident of Nyamiyanga village, Ruteete Sub-County in Kibaale District, to return the money so as to recover the land, but the buyer refused to receive back the money.
Like the Crested Crane, one of the most beautiful birds found in Uganda, networks and coalitions beautify the Civil Society landscape. Like birds of the same feathers, the networks and coalitions flock and dance together. This is even reflected in the grantees that are part of the Mwananchi programme in the East African country. In a sense the country’s history has acted as a magnet that has brought most Civil Society Organisations together and with it the realisation that there is strength in numbers. For example, it has been learnt in Uganda that when engaging policy makers it was better to approach them as a coalition than as individual organisations. In this respect the ‘community of practice’ concept of the Mwananchi programme can easily find a nest on the shores of Lake Victoria.