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2023 Africa Evidence Summit

Conference   |  past event  |  Jun 19 2023

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The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) held its 11th annual Africa Evidence Summit in Nairobi, Kenya from June 19-20, 2023.  The summit is an annual in-person gathering that brings together East and West African scholars (including CEGA fellows), U.S.-based faculty, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss the latest research findings on economic development and poverty alleviation on the continent.
The summit also promoted discussion on new ways to integrate evidence into decision-making and elevate African scholars’ voices, as well as supporting new South-South and North-South collaborations. We were delighted to partner with the Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa (NIERA) to host this event.


View our full agenda here and selected presentations below.


Monday, June 19, 2023

What are the Intergenerational Impacts of Child Health Investments in East Africa? | Dr. Edward Miguel, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

Gamified Savings as a Problem Gambling Intervention | Dr. Laura Barasa, Lecturer of Economics, University of Nairobi

Artistic Pathways: Navigating the Road to Employment in the Creative Sector | Dr. Amos Njuguna, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension, United States International University

Reducing Poverty Among the Urban Poor in Uganda. Evaluating the Effectiveness and Inclusiveness of the Parish Development Model | Dr. Mary Nantongo, Lecturer of Economics, Makerere University Business School

Air Pollution and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa | Dr. Jennifer Burney, Professor, UC San Diego

When Patients are Uninformed: Evidence from a Patient Information Provision Experiment in Ghana | Dr. Edward Asiedu, Senior Lecturer of Development Economics, University of Ghana

The impact of job training on temporary worker performance: Field experimental evidence from insurance sales agents | Dr. Liz Lyons, Associate Professor, UC San Diego 

Underemployment of College Graduates: Is Doing Anything Better Than Doing Nothing? | Michel Ndayikeza, PhD Candidate, University of Clermont Auvergne & Associate Professor, University of Burundi

Beliefs and Product Choice: Evidence from Small Retailers in Zambia | Dr. Ajay Shenoy, Associate Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Building Resilient Education Systems: Evidence from Large-Scale Randomized Trials in Five Countries | Thato Letsomo, Senior Manager Content and Training, Youth Impact

From the People to Policy Actors: Centering African Voices in Policy Making and Advocacy | Panel conversation facilitated by Afrobarometer


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Evidence Gap Maps as a Tool to Enhance the Research-to-Action Nexus | Tricia S. Ryan, Program Cycle Mechanism Senior Specialist, USAID Kenya/East Africa

The Impact of Infrastructure on Nutritious Diet, Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Gender Equality: An Evidence Gap Map | Solomon Zena Walelign, Director of Research, International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED)

Asymmetric Response of Poverty to Growth and Inequality in South Africa: Implication for Current and Future Shocks | Dr. Nicholas Ngepah, Professor of Economics, University of Johannesburg & Executive Director, African Institute for Inclusive Growth 

Spillover Effects of Community Wide Deworming | Dr. Mulusew Gerbaba, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Jimma University

Evaluation of the Impact of a Lockdown on the Spread of Ebola in Uganda: An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis of the 2022 Epidemic | Dr. Jonathan Izudi, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Impact Evaluation, African Population and Health Research Center

Imperfect Monitoring and Informal Insurance: The Role of Social Ties in Kenya | Dr. Prachi Jain, Associate Professor of Economics, Loyola Marymount University

Tracking the Leakage of Development Goods Using iBeacon Technology | Dr. Muthoni Ng’ang’a, Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Dr. Dan Posner, Professor, UC Los Angeles


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