Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab highlights policy lessons for reducing conflict and corruption at London event

20 Jun 2018

London event jointly organised by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the UK Department for International Development and Innovations for Poverty Action

Researchers presented policy lessons from recent research in fields of governance, conflict and corruption in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Liberia, Pakistan

Event follows USD 16 million grant to J-PAL, IPA by DFID

London, UK | June 14, 2018 - TheAbdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the UKDepartment for International Development (DFID) andInnovations for Poverty Action (IPA) held an event last week at theRoyal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London to announce policy lessons drawn from recent research in the fields of governance, conflict and corruption.

Reporting on findings from field projects in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Liberia, Pakistan and beyond, J-PAL and IPA researchers set out recommendations for effective policy approaches to improving state capacity to deliver social services, and tackling crime and violence. Research by J-PAL and IPA in these fields was boosted earlier this year by a US $16 million grant from DFID.

The event was chaired by Rohini Pande, Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, co-director of Evidence for Policy Design, and co-chair of J-PAL’s political economy and governance sector group. Other researchers from across the J-PAL and IPA network included economists fromUniversity College London, theLondon School of Economics, theUniversity of Warwick,Bocconi University, and theUniversity of California at San Diego and Berkeley. Participants included representatives of non-governmental organisations, foundations, academic institutions and other agencies. The event’s host, RUSI, is the world’s oldest independent think-tank on international defence and security.

Supported by Community Jameel, the social enterprise organisation, J-PAL was set up at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 to tackle the root causes of poverty, including issues related to health, education, youth employment, conflict and governance.

“J-PAL’s leadership in converting research into action across a range of development fields helps policymakers and development organisations to take decisions informed by scientific evidence,” said Fady Jameel, President of Community Jameel International, who attended the event. “The policy lessons announced today highlight critical issues in the areas of governance, conflict and corruption and draw on research from across the developing world. With DFID’s support, J-PAL is furthering our understanding of the causes of these issues – and the most effective solutions.”

J-PAL has a track-record of leveraging insights gained from its research to support policymaking around the world, including in the Middle East, where J-PAL has active and completed research projects and local partnerships to support policymaking in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco.

To date, J-PAL affiliated researchers have conducted more than 860 evaluations in 80 countries, and more than 300 million people have been reached by programs tested and found to be effective through J-PAL evaluations. The organization has been instrumental in increasing the number and quality of randomized evaluations on development interventions.

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together over 575 researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor.