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Evidence to Action 2021: Reimagining Development Aid

Conference   |   Nov 04 2021
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Mobile Money Street Shot, Uganda. Photo Credit: Gunnar Salvarsson

Social protection programs and emergency aid are two of the most common–and most powerful–tools governments and NGOs have to protect vulnerable members of society. With tens of millions of additional people living in “extreme poverty” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and increasing socio-economic risks associated with climate change, the need to deliver aid equitably and efficiently has never been more pressing. But lack of reliable data and evidence to guide decision-making severely constrains the ability of policymakers to reach those with the greatest need.

On Thursday, November 4th, CEGA’s annual Evidence to Action (E2A) symposium will explore difficult questions related to the targeting, design, and delivery of social safety nets and emergency aid, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Through a series of panels and a keynote address by Minister Cina Lawson of Togo, “Reimagining Development Aid” will showcase early results from CEGA research as well as insights from government and NGO partners who are leveraging innovative approaches and underutilized sources of data to dramatically improve their crisis preparedness and response–at a small fraction of the cost.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Emily Aiken, UC Berkeley School of Information, Machine Learning and Mobile Phone Data Can Improve the Targeting of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Brian Dillon, Cornell University Applied Economics and Management, Food Aid Targeting in a Fast-Changing World
  • Carly Trachtman, UC Berkeley ARE, How much do our neighbors really know? The limits of community-based targeting
  • Ted Miguel and Michael Walker, UC Berkeley Economics, Targeting for Impact vs Deprivation in Kenya
  • Reajul Chowdhury, University of Illinois Agricultural and Applied Economics, Improved Targeting in BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP) Graduation Model
  • Edgar Picón, Technical Director of Prosperidad Social (DPS) in Colombia, Colombia’s approach to delivering aid post-COVID-19

Full agenda forthcoming.

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Date & Time

Nov 04 2021
08:00 - 12:00 PST

Get to know the speakers

Cina Lawson
Minister for Digital Economy and Transformation , Togo
Edgar Picón
Technical Director , Prosperidad Social (DPS) in Colombia
Reajul Chowdhury
PhD Student , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michael Walker
Postdoctoral Scholar , UC Berkeley
Edward Miguel
CEGA Faculty Co-Director; Professor , UC Berkeley
Carly Trachtman
PhD Student , UC Berkeley
Brian Dillon
Assistant Professor , Cornell
Emily Aiken
PhD Student , UC Berkeley

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