Impact and Policy Conference: Evidence in Governance, Financial Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship 

30 August 2012 - 1 September 2012
Bangkok, Thailand
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The Asian Development Bank, in conjunction with Innovations for Poverty Action and J-PAL, hosted the Impact and Policy Conference to share findings in three areas of development: Financial Inclusion, Governance and Post-Conflict Recovery, and Small and Medium Enterprise Development. The conference brought together over 200 policymakers, practitioners, and leading development economists to share recent findings from rigorous research studies and explore their policy implications. It’s Matchmaking Program for Research and Innovation cultivated new collaborations between researchers and practitioners and awarded seed funding to the most promising partnerships to develop and evaluate innovative anti-poverty programs.


Edgar Cua, Asian Development Bank
Keynote Addresses
Vinod Thomas, Asian Development Bank
Annie Duflo, Innovations for Poverty Action
Welcome & Overview: Governance & Post-Conflict Recovery
Iqbal Dhaliwal, J-PAL Global
Keynote Address
S.Y. Quraishi, Government of India
Elections: Research Findings
Claudio Ferraz, PUC-Rio
Xavier Giné, The World Bank
Elections: Practitioner Innovations
Ramesh Ramanathan, Janaagraha
Harsha de Silva, Parliament of Sri Lanka
Panel Discussion: How to strengthen elections and increase accountability of elected representatives: key issues and areas for further research
Harsha de Silva, Claudio Ferraz, Xavier Giné, Ramesh Ramanathan, SY Quraishi, Iqbal Dhaliwal
Leakages: Research Findings
Rema Hanna, Harvard University
David Yanagizawa-Drott, Harvard University
Leakages: Practitioner Innovations
Jayant Sinha, Omidyar Network
Sudarno Sumarto, The SMERU Research Institute
Varad Pande, India Ministry of Rural Development
Panel Discussion: Key challenges in reducing leakages, evidence based on policy and areas for further research
Varad Pande, Jayant Sinha, Sudarno Sumarto, David Yanagizawa-Drott, Rema Hanna
Conflict Management and Reconstruction: Research Findings
Lakshmi Iyer, Harvard University
Fotini Christia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cyrus Samii, New York University
Panel Discussion: How to prevent conflicts and accelerate post-conflict recovery in Asia, and areas for further research
Scott Guggenheim, Lakshmi Iyer, Fotini Christia, Teresita Quintos-Deles, Cyrus Samii
Closing Remarks
Kelly Bidwell, Innovations for Poverty Action
Matchmaking Program for Research and Innovation
Welcome & Overview: Financial Inclusion
Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, Yale University, Innovations for Poverty Action
Impact of Microcredit
Dean Karlan, Innovations for Poverty Action, Yale University
Britta Augsburg, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Gharad Bryan, London School of Economics
Varad Pande, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and Frances Sinha, EDA Rural Systems
Access to Savings Services
Silvia Prina, Case Western Reserve University
Bram Thuysbaert, Innovations for Poverty Action
Alexia Latortue, Consultative Group Assist the Poor (CGAP)
Improving Financial Capabilities – Part I
Menno Pradhan, Free University, University of Amsterdam
Changcheng Song, National University of Singapore
Betty Wilkinson, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Matchmaking Program for Research and Innovation
Graham Macmillan, Citi Foundation
Florencia Spangaro, Citi Foundation
Dean Karlan, Innovations for Poverty Action, Yale University
Beniamino Savonitto, Innovations for Poverty Action
Improving Financial Capabilities – Part II
Bilal Zia, The World Bank
Dean Yang, University of Michigan
Graham Macmillan, Citi Foundation
Managing Risk
Xavier Giné, The World Bank
David McKenzie, The World Bank
Jeanna Holtz, Microinsurance Innovation Facility, ILO
New Payment Channels
Billy Jack, Georgetown University
Joshua Blumenstock, University of Washington
Gordon Cooper, VISA
Welcome & Overview: Small and Medium Enterprise Development
Lucia Sanchez, Innovations for Poverty Action
Access to Finance for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Shawn Cole, Harvard Business School
Daniel Paravisini, London School of Economics
Sharon Buteau, IFMR/SEFC
Romy Caradang, Development Bank of the Philippines
Human Capital and Job Creation
Rocco Macchiavello, Warwick University
Russell Toth, University of Sydney
David McKenzie, The World Bank
Greg Fischer, London School of Economics
Michel M. Botzung, International Finance Corporation
Access to Markets and Technology
Alessandro Maffioli, Inter-American Development Bank
Veronica Rappoport, London School of Economics
Mudit Kapoor, Indian School of Business
Neil McCulloch, AusAID
Matchmaking Program for Research and Innovation
Dean Karlan, Innovations for Poverty Action, Yale University
Overview & Closing Remarks
Dean Karlan, Innovations for Poverty Action, Yale University