New Frontiers: Policy Lessons from Randomized Evaluations in Governance, Conflict, and Corruption

June 6, 2018
Royal United Services Institute, 61 Whitehall, Westminster, London

Researchers from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) discussed field research on what works to improve governance and address conflict and corruption in low-income countries. Participants offered practical lessons for policymakers, practitioners, donors, and others on designing and implementing more effective programs, and discussed how researchers and implementing organizations can partner to close knowledge gaps.

Speakers drew on research from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Liberia, and Pakistan, among other contexts. Event chair Rohini Pande, Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design, and Co-Chair of J-PAL's Political Economy & Governance sector, delivered keynote remarks. 

Introductory Remarks and Keynote Address


  • Diana Dalton, DFID
  • Alison Fahey, J-PAL
  • Rohini Pande, Harvard University

Session 1: Governance and Conflict in Fragile States


Session 2: The Politics of Reducing Corruption


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This event features research related to the Governance, Conflict, and Crime Initiative (GCCI), a joint IPA and J-PAL initiative supported by DFID. GCCI was established to generate new policy-relevant research on effective approaches to promoting peace and good governance, reducing crime, and supporting individuals and communities recovering from conflict.