2 June 2022; 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Venue: Tonino Lamborghini International Convention Center Sharm El Sheikh (Suez Canal Hall)
Social development programs are essential for assisting countries in achieving their development goals. They contribute to a more competitive economy and have significant multiplier effects. However, IsDB Member Countries (MCs) face challenges related to optimal social program design, targeting, delivery, and performance management. One way to strengthen the effectiveness of social development policies is to use evidence to guide program design or, where evidence does not yet exist, to conduct rigorous evaluations to understand program impacts. Using data and evidence from rigorous impact evaluations, we can better understand the actual needs of vulnerable groups, and strengthen our understanding of what interventions work, in which contexts, and why. There is a significant opportunity for IsDB MCs to improve their evaluation of interventions and policies associated with social protection, labor promotion, and other programs to promote human capital development.
In Indonesia and Egypt, government agencies have made significant commitments to using evidence to improve the effectiveness of development policy. This event will share how government-led partnerships with researchers work, how they can be designed, and how they can help generate rigorous research to inform policy design. Concretely, the event will share what government-led partnerships with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab have looked like in Indonesia, Egypt, and several other countries, with government representatives shedding light on development priorities, and evidence-based programs and policies adopted by the Governments of Egypt and Indonesia. It will also support IsDB Mcs in mainstreaming a culture of evidence-based policymaking and transforming their development policy into a more comprehensive, flexible, and sustainable system that is responsive to shocks and strengthens the resilience of vulnerable populations. Finally, it will offer other IsDB MCs a model to consider implementing social development embedded labs.
The event is co-organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Community Jameel, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
Key issues to be addressed:
- Egypt's social development agenda (Hayah Karima, Family Development strategy, etc.…)
- Indonesian strategies for a comprehensive acceleration of poverty reduction.
- Progress of social development embedded labs in IsDB's Mcs.
- How to maximize the benefit of "Egypt Impact Lab"?
- What role can IsDB play in supporting its Mcs’ social development programs?