CEGA was thrilled to host Cina Lawson, the Togolese Minister of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation, for a public talk at UC Berkeley. Minister Lawson was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in Davos and featured in Forbes’s top 20 “Youngest Power Women in Africa.” During her time in office, Minister Lawson has worked tirelessly to develop Togo’s digital administration and reduce the digital divide for Togolese people. When COVID-19 began, she spearheaded Togo’s flagship cash transfer program, “Novissi,” delivering cash to over 500,000 of the poorest Togolese citizens. Today, Novissi is hailed as one of the most successful COVID-19 social protection programs in the world.
Since early 2020, CEGA Faculty Co-Director Joshua Blumenstock and his team have been working with Minister Lawson and the Government of Togo to guide the expansion of Novissi with an innovative targeting approach that leverages machine learning and non-traditional data sources. Read about this exciting collaboration here and CEGA’s Targeting Aid Better initiative here.
This was an in-person event. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance was be limited.
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