Next frontier in evidence-based policies: Charting a path forward


The COVID-19 pandemic and the procedures adopted to contain it have led to a downward spiral, ultimately pushing an estimated 97 million people into extreme poverty in 2020. Social protection programmes - urgently developed, adapted or extended in response to the crisis - can lead to improvements in school enrolment, health outcomes and labour market participation, alleviating poverty and suffering. But how can governments be sure they are implementing such programmes effectively and efficiently? 

An official side event at the Islamic Development Bank Group's 2022 annual meetings in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 'Next frontier in evidence-based policies: Charting a path forward' focuses on an institutional model of government-embedded labs to facilitate government-researcher collaboration for strengthening evidence-based policy in government - including in the field of social protection programmes. Two country case studies - from Egypt and Indonesia - will highlight the work of those countries' governments in this field, including the Egypt Impact Lab, launched in March by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Middle East and North Africa office and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development in Egypt.

Taking place on June 2, 2022, at 11h00-13h00 Egypt time, and opened by His Excellency Dr Muhammad Al Jasser, president of the IsDB Group, Her Excellency Dr Hala El Said, minister of planning and economic development of Egypt, and His Excellency Dr Suharso Monoarfa, minister of national development planning of Indonesia, the meeting will bring together high-level representatives and technical experts from the Bank, the Egyptian and Indonesian governments, J-PAL, and Community Jameel.

Sharm El-Sheikh International Convention Centre, Room Suez Canal
In-person (by invitation) · Online
11h00 - 13h00 (UTC+2)
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HE Dr Muhammad Al Jasser

President, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group

Hala El Said

Minister of planning and economic development, Arab Republic of Egypt

HE Dr Suharso Monoarfa

Minister of National Development Planning, Indonesia

Rema Hanna

Co-director, Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), Harvard University; co-chair, Social Protection, J-PAL

George Richards

Director, Community Jameel

Vivi Yulaswati

Senior Advisor to the Minister of Planning on Social Affairs and Poverty Reduction, Indonesia

Dr Elan Satriawan

Chief, policy working group, National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction, Indonesia

Alison Fahey

Executive director, J-PAL MENA

May Ali Babiker

Regional hub manager - Cairo, IsDB

Amer Bukvić

Director General, Global Practice and Partnerships, IsDB

Lina Marliani

Executive director, J-PAL Southeast Asia

Dr Reham Rizk

Head of Social Planning and Development Unit, Egyptian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development



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