Celebrating 20 years of J-PAL


The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) celebrates 20 years of building rigourous evidence to inform policies for poverty alleviation with an event focused on the lab's insights and impact on 4-6 January 2024 at Bikaner House in New Delhi, India. The event, organised by J-PAL and with partnership from Community Jameel and the Institute for Financial Management and Research, includes sessions with J-PAL co-founders, co-directors and 2019 Nobel laureates in economics Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo and features the launch of 'Shaping policy, transforming lives', an immersive exhibition showcasing two-decades of impact through stories, visuals and artefacts from J-PAL South Asia partners, including BRLPS-Jeevika, Farmers for Forests, Medha, Indus Action, Karya, Pratham, SCARF, Obeetee Carpets and Seva Mandir, which runs until 7 January. The Aagaaz Theatre Trust performs on 6 January at 12h30 and 15h30.

Bikaner House, New Delhi, India
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Abhijit Banerjee

Co-founder and co-director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Esther Duflo

Co-founder and co-director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Shobhini Mukerji

Executive director, J-PAL South Asia

George Richards

Director, Community Jameel

Shrayana Bhattacharya

Senior economist for social protection and jobs practice for South Asia, World Bank

Iqbal Dhaliwal

Global executive director and board member, J-PAL; Scientific director, J-PAL South Asia



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About the event

Agenda on 4 January 2024

12h00 | Lobby | Welcome: Celebrating 20 years of J-PAL

12h30 | Gallery & Amphitheatre | Behind the evidence: An exclusive walkthrough with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

13h30 - 14h30 | Aasmaan | Listening, learning & innovating: A transformative luncheon

15h00 - 17h30 | Ballroom | Welcome address by Shobhini Mukerji and George Richards

~ Ideas exchange: Social protection for the 21st century with Esther Duflo and Shrayana Bhattacharya

~ Vignettes of J-PAL with Abhijit Banerjee and friends

~ Taking India to the world with Iqbal Dhaliwal

17h30-19h30 | Gallery | Exhibit viewing with high-tea: An evening with J-PAL and partners