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CEGA regularly convenes researchers, decision-makers, and implementing partners from around the world to forge new partnerships, discuss open research questions, share findings, and translate research evidence into effective policymaking.

Past Events

Health & Psychology

Psychology and Economics of Poverty Convening 2022

Conference   |   past event  |  Apr 01 2022

New, interdisciplinary research has uncovered how facets of our psychology--including cognition, beliefs, aspirations, and norms--impact decision-making, with downstream consequences for health, economic outcomes, and well-being. This work is especially important in the context of poverty and...

Global Networks

Launching the Collaboration for Inclusive Development Research

Online   |   past event  |  Mar 09 2022

Please note that this an invitation-only event.   Investments in resources, training and career development opportunities for African scholars have expanded significantly in recent years, which (at least anecdotally) have helped increase African authorship in peer-reviewed journals and...

About the Conference The Pacific Conference for Development Economics (PacDev) is one of the major annual conferences dedicated to development economics. The event brings together researchers and practitioners to present and discuss work that enhances our understanding of economic development,...

Data Science for DevelopmentTechnology

Cultivating Capacity: Building Data Science and Data Centers Across Africa

Online   |   past event  |  Feb 23 2022

How can greater data science capacity across Africa increase the effectiveness of NGO’s and governments serving local populations? Join the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and for a roundtable discussion exploring the building blocks required to build robust localized data...

Global Networks

Visiting Fellowship Competition Q&A Webinar

Online   |   past event  |  Feb 17 2022

We are excited to announce the 2022-2023 Visiting Fellowship Request for Applications (RFA). This call invites researchers from East Africa and Anglophone West Africa interested in developing their skills in impact evaluation and implementation science to apply for a four-month fellowship...


10th BITSS Annual Meeting

Conference   |   past event  |  Feb 10 2022

The CEGA-managed Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) held its 10th Annual Meeting on February 10-11, 2022.         Program The BITSS Annual Meeting brings together actors from academia, scholarly publishing, and...


Impact of Building Market Linkages in Uganda

Online   |   past event  |  Nov 09 2021

Mobile phone-based marketplaces are designed to enhance smallholder farmers' ability to access buyers directly (creating “market linkages”). Can such a digital platform benefit smallholder farmer producers, by helping them sell their goods at  better prices, and help consumers by improving the...

Evidence to Action 2021: Reimagining Development Aid

Conference   |   past event  |  Nov 04 2021

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...

CEGA’s second annual "Cost-ober" series featured two webinars and a virtual workshop on cost analysis and its important role in impact evaluation research. The event was hosted by CEGA's Cost Transparency Initiative and associated Costing Community of Practice (CCoP). Please see below for...

Financial Inclusion

DCO Panel: Evidence on the Impacts of Digital Credit

Online   |   past event  |  Oct 25 2021

Digital credit often uses machine learning and “alternative” big data sources, such as mobile phone usage, to generate credit scores and distribute loans to consumers in an instant, automated, and remote fashion. Are these products distributing loans to low-income and financially underserved...

CEGA Research Retreat (R^2) 2021

Conference   |   past event  |  Oct 15 2021

The CEGA Research Retreat (R^2) is an annual gathering of invited faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students from multiple CEGA campuses with a shared interest in impact evaluation for social and economic development. R^2 is designed to generate feedback and discussion around presentations of...

Data Science for DevelopmentTechnology

A Talk with Togolese Minister of Digital Economy: Cina Lawson

Seminar   |   past event  |  Oct 13 2021

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."...

Data Science for DevelopmentFinancial Inclusion

Welfare Impacts of Digital Credit: Results from a Randomized Evaluation in Nigeria

Online   |   past event  |  Sep 08 2021

On September 8th, CEGA’s Digital Credit Observatory (DCO) hosted Welfare Impacts of Digital Credit: Results from a Randomized Evaluation in Nigeria as part of the DCO Webinar Series. Researchers Joshua Blumenstock (UC Berkeley; DCO Scientific Director), Daniel Björkegren (Brown), and Suraj Nair...


BITSS Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2)

Training   |   past event  |  Aug 25 2021

BITSS will hold its next Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) on 8/25, 8/27, 9/1, and 9/3. RT2 will be hosted online and sessions will take place 8–11:30 am PT (GMT-7) on the days noted. RT2 provides participants with an overview of tools and practices for...

Global Networks

Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) 2021 Annual Meeting

Conference   |   past event  |  Aug 11 2021

The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods. The group has met semi-annually to discuss the in-progress...


Costing Community of Practice 2021 Brown Bag Lunches

Seminar   |   past event  |  Jul 20 2021

The Costing Community of Practice (CCoP) Brown Bag Series invites stakeholders and a limited audience of between 20-50 individuals engaged in research and global development policy to hear presentations and discuss the latest research and innovations in the production and use of cost evidence. ...

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC) hosts the fourth webinar in a mini-series focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on forcibly displaced people in the Global South, and efforts by NGOs and...

The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods. The group has met semi-annually to discuss the in-progress...

Global Networks

2021 Africa Evidence Summit

Conference   |   past event  |  Apr 07 2021

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) catalyzes inclusive, innovative research to inspire social change. Over the past decade, CEGA’s East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative has linked early-career East African scholars, US-based scholars, and local policymakers to...

Data Science for Development

Measuring Development 2021: Emerging Data and Methods in Global Health Research

Conference   |   past event  |  Mar 31 2021

The field of public health has seen major methodological progress in recent years, catalyzed in no small part by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, researchers are using new types of data and new analytical tools to measure, track, and analyze health trends, interventions, and...

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