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.


Esther Duflo
Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 
2019 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic Science

Kaba Nialé
Minister of Planning and Development of Côte d'Ivoire


Kodjo Aflagah
Postdoctoral Associate, J-PAL Africa

Tanguy Bernard
Professor, University of Bordeaux

Pascaline Dupas
Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Deivy Houeix
PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anna Kilpatrick
Deputy Executive Director, J-PAL Africa

Justine Knebelmann
Postdoctoral Associate, J-PAL Africa

Cillian Nolan
Director of Policy, J-PAL Europe


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.