J-PAL Africa Launch Conference

Cape Town, South Africa

This one-day conference marked the launch of J-PAL’s regional office for Africa at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and brought together more than 120 researchers, policymaker and development practitioners from 23 countries across Africa to present and discuss findings from rigorous evaluations of social programmes and their practical applications to pressing social problems in Africa. During the conference, researchers presented results from randomized evaluations in six panels, paired with the policymakers and practitioners who implemented the projects. The evaluations covered educational quality, youth programs, and health service delivery.

With more than 70 evaluations in 17 African countries, J-PAL affiliates have already been focused on Africa, and the establishment of a regional office will support increased work in capacity building, policy outreach, and locally-rooted research.