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Africa and COVID-19: Disinfodemic

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Within the scope of the Rachel DesRosiers Alumni Award, IDRC supported two studies to analyze the impact of disinformation and misinformation on public opinion and decision-making, its interference with scientific evidence and its impact on the effectiveness of public policy in Africa. 

Based on the preliminary results of these studies, IDRC is organizing a webinar on the “disinfodemic” in the context of COVID-19 in Africa. Join us on November 30, 2021, from 8:00 to 9:30 EST (13:00 to 14:30 p.m. UTC) for a discussion on the following aspects of disinformation and misinformation: 

  1. review of origins, propagation mechanisms, interference with scientific evidence and public policy measures 

  2. sharing of lessons learned on good practices, approaches or strategies to curb disinformation and misinformation 

  3. further research avenues for more effective evidence-based policymaking in the face of disinformation and misinformation 

Our speakers include: 

  • Marthe Penka Bogne, researcher with eBase Africa and Rachel DesRosiers Alumni Award recipient 

  • Asaah Ndah Asongwed, independent researcher and Rachel DesRosiers Alumni Award recipient 

  • Dr. Okwen Patrick Mbah, researcher, eBase Africa and Africa Evidence Network 

  • Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye Sanny, knowledge transfer manager at Afrobarometer  

  • Sergio Cecchini, infodemic management officer and Africa Infodemic Response Alliance Coordinator at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa  

  • Dr. Hlalani Gumpo, impact manager at Africa Check 

The webinar is free. Simultaneous interpretation in English and French will be available. Register now to join us live and share your views. 

This webinar is the second in a series of webinars organized by IDRC on Africa’s response to COVID-19 and on future pandemic preparedness. Watch the recording of the first episode of the series: Africa and COVID-19: Communities. 

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