Our core values guide everything we do, from grantmaking and partnership development, to events and human resources.
At CEGA, we believe that research should inform the allocation of scarce resources and the design of public policies that affect millions. With such high stakes, CEGA relies on a clear set of values to guide our work, partnerships, and communications. As CEGA grows and evolves, our core values remain constant, driving center-wide policy and reflecting our collective identity.
Our Core Values
Empathy: CEGA’s work is driven by a desire to improve the lives of people living in poverty. In all that we do, we demonstrate empathy and respect for those involved in our work, including the individuals and communities we aim to serve as well as colleagues and partners.
Rigor: CEGA strives to produce research and related outputs that meet a high standard of scientific rigor, policy relevance, and innovation. We do this by leveraging our extensive intellectual assets, strategically and responsibly mobilizing human and financial resources, building capacity, and partnering with others who bring complementary expertise.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): DEI help to bolster the relevance and impact of CEGA’s work while being important goals in their own right. CEGA promotes DEI by investing in LMIC scholars, making activities and resources accessible to diverse audiences, promoting open science, designing fair and inclusive recruitment processes, and ensuring equitable compensation and advancement.
Openness: CEGA is committed to openness and transparency. We encourage the use of open science tools and approaches, competitively allocate research funding and opportunities, report both successes and failures, maintain clear decision-making structures, and promote a culture of learning, creative thinking, and self-reflection.
Flexibility: CEGA’s success relies on our flexibility as a center. We are sector- and method-agnostic, allowing us to adapt to evolving needs and priorities of the communities we aim to serve. We maintain a flexible and accommodating office environment which helps us recruit, support, and retain talented staff.