J-PAL Africa was opened in August 2010 to expand J-PAL’s advocacy work and research in sub-Saharan Africa. Based at SALDRU at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, J-PAL Africa works to improve the effectiveness of social programs in sub-Saharan Africa. We do this by supporting researchers to run randomized trials, training others to do the same and working with policymakers to help them integrate the resulting evidence into their development strategies to make them more effective.
Impact Evaluation of Governance Programs Workshop: J-PAL Africa and the Governance Initiative partnered with the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), the EU, Irish Aid, and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) to jointly organize an evidence and training workshop on impact evaluation of governance programs in Lilongwe, Malawi in December of 2011. See the presentations here.
J-PAL Africa's Launch Conference in January 2011 brought together more than 120 policymakers and practitioners from 23 African countries. See the presentations and speeches here.
J-PAL Africa is a regional office of J-PAL, a focal point for development and poverty research based on randomized trials. For more information on J-PAL visit the J-PAL homepage: www.povertyactionlab.org.