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Diana Warira

Former Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar


February 12, 2018 — May 4, 2018

Professional affiliation

Communications Officer, African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)

Wilson Center Projects

The value of science communication in the ecosystem of evidence uptake and policymaking in Africa

Full Biography

Diana is a communications specialist with over 8 years’ 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. Diana’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. Diana 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).

Major Publications

Warira, D., Mueni, E., Gay, E., & Lee, M. (2017). Achieving and sustaining evidence-informed policymaking: Effective communication and collaboration can go a long way. Science Communication,39(3), 382-394. doi:10.1177/1075547017710243

Warira, D. (2017, July 10). Sexuality education for Kenya’s youth: When the evidence is on the wall, but politics gets in the way. The Standard (Ureport). Retrieved from


Warira, D. (2016, August 1). Communications skills for researchers critical for effective translation of research into policy. Retrieved from