Summer School: Development Methodologies

Workshop or Training
Abdijan, Côte d'Ivoire


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As part of the "Development Methodologies" Professorship held by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, a summer school for African researchers and policymakers will be organised from 5 to 8 July 2022 in Abidjan, on the campus of the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ENSEA).

Following the 2021 Summer School "Innovations for Development'', this new edition will be organised in partnership with the French Development Agency (AfD), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the Fund for Innovation in Development (FID) and the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics of Abidjan (ENSEA).

Renowned researchers affiliated with the J-PAL network will contribute to the teaching programme, including Esther Duflo, Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and recipient of 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics.


The summer school will bring together two groups of participants:

  • Researchers with demonstrated interest and ability to incorporate impact evaluation methods into their research work;

  • Policymakers involved in the commission of evaluations or in the use of evaluation results to guide decision-making.

Format and schedule

The summer school will be articulated around two teaching tracks in order to meet the needs and interests of two groups of participants:

  • An academic track aimed at reinforcing the knowledge and good practices of participants who are already well versed in the methodological foundations of impact evaluations;

  • A policy track aimed at showing the role of impact assessment in the design of evidence-based public policies by illustrating the process from the production of evidence to the adoption of policies.

These two tracks will be supplemented by common sessions bringing together the two groups of participants in order to facilitate exchanges between researchers and policymakers around practical cases.

A detailed schedule can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Speakers and Lecturers

Esther Duflo

Esther Duflo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies. She is the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, awarded jointly with Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty." She received a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1999.

Pascaline Dupas

Pascaline Dupas
Stanford University

Pascaline Dupas is Professor of Economics at Stanford University. Her research seeks to identify interventions and policies that can help reduce global poverty, Her work includes studies of education policy in Ghana, family planning policy in Burkina Faso, digital credit regulation in Malawi. She obtained a PhD in Economics from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France) in 2006.

Tanguy Bernard

Tanguy Bernard
University of Bordeaux

Tanguy Bernard is a Professor at the University of Bordeaux. His research interests include development economics, agricultural economics, and African studies. Tanguy’s work is mainly focused on Africa, where he conducts research on topics such as smallholder commercialisation. He received his PhD in development microeconomics and applied econometrics from the Centre for Study and Research on International Development.


Academic track

Applications for the academic track of the summer school are now closed.

Policy track

There is no application process for this track of the Summer School; participants will be selected by invitation only.


Please contact Abdoulaye Ndiaye at [email protected] with any questions regarding registration or other details about the Summer School.