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CEGA Work Theme - Global Networks


The credibility and impact of evidence for decision-making is greatly bolstered by the participation of local scholars, who are best placed—and most motivated—to identify and address development challenges in their own countries. Absent their voices, even the most rigorous research can lose relevance and fail to translate into policy action, inhibiting important development goals. CEGA’s Global Networks program invests in research capacity building that empowers LMIC scholars to become knowledge-generators in their home countries and regions. Through semester-long fellowships at UC Berkeley, scholars audit development economics courses, present their work at seminars, apply to competitive funding opportunities, receive faculty and peer mentorship, and network with faculty and students across the CEGA network. In addition, the Global Networks team organizes conferences to disseminate locally-generated research, connects fellows with policy makers and other partners, and hosts events for LMIC scholars to deliver and receive feedback on working papers.


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BRAC-CEGA Learning Collaborative

The BRAC-CEGA Learning Collaborative (BCLC) is a partnership designed to increase the capacity of emerging scholars within BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, to conduct rigorous program evaluation. The BCLC provides anchor funding for evaluations co-led by BRAC staff researchers, sponsors professional development fellowships for BRAC researchers, conducts matchmaking events, and provides executive education for BRAC program staff. To date, the BCLC has hosted 10 fellows and funded 4 large-scale evaluations...

East Africa Social Science Translation Collaborative

The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative is a multi-institution research network that promotes rigorous evaluation of social and economic development programs in East Africa. EASST hosts 6-8 competitively selected fellows per year, offers competitive research grants to pairs of East African and CEGA researchers, and provides fellows with training and policy grants to institutionalize rigorous evidence generation within universities and governments. Since its inception, EASST has trained 30 fellows from 5 countries and supported 19 collaborative...

Working Group in African Political Economy

The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) convenes faculty, graduate students, and scholars from the Global South with deep field research experience in Africa to provide training in political economy methods. The group meets semi-annually to offer structured feedback on in-progress (“working”) research papers, foster new research collaborations, and deliver trainings in impact evaluation and research transparency for junior and LMCI...

Development Impact West Africa

Development Impact West Africa (DIWA) is a partnership with the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). The program connects West African researchers and policymakers with US academics to enhance the production and use of rigorous and transparent evidence for policy...

Global Networks Research

Data & Measurement

Cash Transfer Evaluation in Liberia

Jonathan Robinson
Global NetworksHealth & PsychologyWork & Education

Targeting the Ultrapoor in South Sudan

Munshi Sulaiman
Global NetworksFinancial Inclusion

Incentivizing Financial literacy and Savings Habits- Ethiopia

Alebel Bayrau Weldesilassie
Global NetworksHealth & Psychology

ORS Use in Uganda

John Bosco Asiimwe
Global NetworksData & MeasurementFinancial Inclusion

Impact of SMS Reminders on Pension Savings

Amos Njuguna
Global NetworksHealth & Psychology

Provider Performance Incentives for Anti-Retroviral Treatment

Jeanine Condo
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