In Zimbabwe, VakaYiko works with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce;
The Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment and the
Parliament of Zimbabwe to improve the use of evidence in response to
departmental priorities. In order to enable a wider range of voices
(including the media, civil society, academia and think tanks) to
contribute to the policy-making process, VakaYiko will conduct policy
dialogues (PD) and knowledge cafes (KC).
PDs are organized together with the ministries. They focus on policy
issues and each one debates a particular policy problem. The event
convenes the relevant stakeholders, i.e. people affected by the problem
and/or people who are in a position to change it. The aim of PDs is to
open discussions and have balanced engagement around key national policy
issues, bringing government together with relevant members of the
society such as the private sector, journalists, researchers, social
KCs are conducted independently by VakaYiko consortium member ZeipNET
(Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network) and/or in cooperation with
the Parliament of Zimbabwe. KCs are targeted at the general public.
These events aim to discuss the importance of using evidence in policy
making. They can either discuss evidence-informed policy making (EIPM)
in general or focus on a specific topic. KCs are informal events where
content and language is made relevant for anyone interested in
civic/public issues. Held in an informal setting, these events are open
to everyone and will usually have approximately 40-70 participants.
This document is a general strategy for PDs and KCs that will help guide
the planning process and preparation of the events as well as the
communication with partner ministries.
Liebnitzky, J.; Richards, C. VakaYiko Strategy for Policy Dialogues and Knowledge Cafes in Zimbabwe. INASP, Oxford, UK (2014) 4 pp.