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Cash Transfers for COVID-19 Relief

Technology Seminar   |  past event  |  Jul 14 2020

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Since March, governments and NGOs across the world have been working to provide cash support to the individuals and households most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, ensuring this support reaches the right people quickly, especially in countries where data is unreliable or incomplete, is incredibly challenging.

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, representatives from academia, government, NGO, and funding institutions shared some of the innovative approaches they are using—and testing—to identify and reach those most in need of cash support. See the complete event video below.

Joshua Blumenstock (University of California, Berkeley and CEGA) will discuss how mobile phone and satellite data can be used to more accurately target emergency cash support to vulnerable populations, highlighting ongoing work with the government of Togo. Shegun Bakari and Minister Cina Lawson (Government of Togo) will discuss how the Togo government is prioritizing cash transfers and how the collaboration with researchers is helping them achieve their goals. Tina George (World Bank) will discuss how the institution is engaging with Togo and other countries in the region to build the foundational elements of delivery systems for social protection. Finally, Mark Laichena (GiveDirectly) will share what the NGO GiveDirectly is learning through its experience targeting cash transfers in Africa during the pandemic.

Radha Rajkotia (IPA) will host and moderate a Q&A on the evidence and lessons for COVID-19 response in other contexts.

  • Joshua Blumenstock, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley School of Information, and Faculty Co-Director, CEGA
  • Shegun Bakari, Senior Advisor to the President of Togo
  • Cina Lawson, Minister of Posts, Digital Economy and Technical Innovation, Togo
  • Tina George, Senior Social Protection Specialist and Regional Task Team Leader (WURI), World Bank
  • Mark Laichena, Africa Operations Director, GiveDirectly
  • Radha Rajkotia, Chief Research & Policy Officer, IPA (Moderator)

This webinar is part of IPA’s RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South. Together with our partners, we are using this series to rapidly share what we are learning with the policy and research community to support evidence-informed response efforts. More information about other events in the series is available here.

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Radha Rajkotia
Innovations for Poverty Action , Chief Research & Policy Officer
Mark Muriithi Laichena
GiveDirectly , Africa Operations Director
Tina George Karippacheril
World Bank , Sr. Public Sector Specialist
Cina Lawson
Republic of Togo , Minister of Posts, Digital Economy and Tech Innovation
Shegun Bakari
Senior Advisor , President of Togo
Joshua Blumenstock
Assistant Professor , University of California, Berkeley

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