When a government’s policies don’t address a population’s problems, citizens can feel disillusioned about their future, breeding conflict within a society. Can effectively communicating evidence obtained through research to policymakers play a critical role in improving policymaking and peacebuilding in Africa? Southern Voices Network Scholar Diana Warira explains in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Diana Warira is a communications specialist with nearly a decade of experience in development and research communications. She is a communications officer at the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), a non-profit and international non-governmental organisation with headquarters in Kenya. Warira’s career interests are in the role communicating research evidence plays in public policymaking and development in Africa. Her career goal is to use research evidence to tell stories that influence formulation of sound public polices in Africa. Warira also has a passion for multimedia production as a tool for strategic communication. She is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST). She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in communications (development communications major) at Daystar University (Kenya) and holds a bachelor’s degree in information science (publishing and media studies major) from Moi University (Kenya).

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.