Geo4Dev 2018 Registration Open!

The 2nd Annual Symposium on Geospatial Analysis for International Development (Geo4Dev) has opened up it's registration to the general public. Click through for more information and how to register.

Read More

CEGA Releases October 2018 Impact Note
This month's Impact Note features details about our upcoming Evidence to Action symposium, welcoming our new affiliates, information abuout our upcoming re-branding, and the two GCAS affiliate events that we hosted among other things.

The Psychological Effects of the Financial Crisis
CEGA affiliate Ulrike Malmendier was interviewed for NPR’s Planet Money podcast about whether there are lingering effects of the financial crisis of 2008. Malmendier’s insights stem from herresearch on the effects that macroeconomic shocks can have on generations of people, leading them to be more risk-averse after instances like the 2008 financial crisis.

A Human-Centric Approach to Data Science
CEGA affiliate Josh Blumenstock recently published a piece for Nature discussing the promise and pitfalls of big data in global development. He explains that while information from satellites, mobile phones and other sources hold great promise for improving delivery of social services in low income countries, data-enabled applications must account for the hardships and constraints unique to each local context and pay more attention to the people behind the numbers.

Featured CEGA Research: Cash Benchmarking USAID Programs in Rwanda
The results of a USAID-funded study comparing the impact of unconditional cash transfers to an integrated nutrition and WASH program in Rwanda is fueling a larger debate about cost effectiveness. The New York TimesVox Media, and WIRED covered the results of the study last week, while authors Craig McIntosh and Andrew Zeitlin provided their take on the World Bank's Development Impact Blog

Featured CEGA Research: Skill versus Voice in Local Development 
CEGA affiliate Kate Casey, CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel, and coauthors released a new working paper examining decision-making for local development in Sierra Leone. As reported by the Stanford Business School, results indicate that including high-skilled community members in aid projects proved a high-impact, low-cost way to catalyze development in underserved regions.