Improving Lives through Better Evidence Colloquium

An acknowledgement of the contribution of Howard White to international development

Date: 9.00-17.00 pm, 15 October 2014
Venue: Birkbeck College, University of London.  Download map (271.2 KB)
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Session 1: Evidence for decision making

Time: 9.00 – 10.45 

Chair: Richard Manning, Chair, 3ie Board of Commissioners

Changing education with evidence-based research: the case of China and lessons for developing countries
Scott Rozelle, Stanford University, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and co-director of the Rural Education Action Program, Stanford University, USA

Aid effectiveness agenda – evidence-based policy or policy-based evidence?
Masumi Owa, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UKUniversity of Warwick, UK

Evaluating the evaluator
Miguel Székely, Director, Center for Education and Social Studies, MexicoCenter for Education and Social Studies, Mexico

10.45 - 11.15:  Break

Session 2: Evidence for pro-poor growth and economic development

Time: 11.15 -13.30 

Chair: Robert Lensink, Professor, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Growth versus distribution: revisiting the trade-off
Kunal Sen, Professor of Development Economics and Policy, University of Manchester, UK

Inequality, pro-poor growth and development policy
Edward Anderson, Lecturer, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK

Who counts? Challenges and biases in defining households in poverty research
Carlos Oya, Reader in the Political Economy of Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

The welfare impact of market-based reform in public utilities: the case of telecommunications in Egypt
Amirah El-Haddad, Associate Professor of Economics Cairo University and the American University in Cairo, Egypt

13.30-14.15: Lunch

Session 3: Evidence for equitable social development

Time: 14.15-15.15 

Chair: Chris Edwards, Senior Fellow, School of International Development, University of East Anglia

Economic impacts of conditional cash transfers: evidence from a systematic review
Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Measuring women’s empowerment in rural India using vignettes
Edoardo Masset, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, UK

15.15-15.45: Refreshments

Session 4: Getting evidence into policy

Time: 15.45-17.00 

Chair: Beryl Leach, Deputy Director and head of Policy, Advocacy and Communication, 3ie

Who cares about development outcomes? Market failures and the role of the evaluation function
Marie Gaarder, Manager, Public Sector Evaluations, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank, USA

The future of aid: building knowledge collectively
Ruth Levine, Global Development and Population Programme Director, Hewlett Foundation

Reflections
Howard White, 3ie Executive Director 

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