USI Nepal Matchmaking Conference

Kathmandu, Nepal

J-PAL hosted the third regional matchmaking conference for its Urban Services Initiative (USI) in Kathmandu, Nepal from November 2 - 4, 2014. The conference brought together researchers and practitioners active in urban service delivery throughout South Asia. The aim of the conference was to forge new research partnerships between implementing organizations and J-PAL affiliated researchers to undertake randomized evaluations of innovative programs designed to improve the delivery of urban services in the region.

Representatives attended from a variety of organizations: local municipal governments (Nepal, India), national policy planning bodies (Nepal, Bhutan), the World Bank (Nepal), and numerous local and international NGOs (Bangladesh, India, Nepal.) Existing randomized impact evaluations were presented and breakout sessions were held in which researchers and practitioners who share similar regional and thematic interests discussed and mapped out opportunities for collaboration. At the end of the conference, participants presented twelve joint researcher-practitioner proposals for future research projects.


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Opening Remarks
Esther Duflo, MIT and Thomas Chupein, J-PAL

Principles of Impact Evaluation and Randomized Controlled Trials
Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University

USI Research Priorities Overview
Sebastian Galiani, University of Maryland

Creating a Toilet Habit
Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University

Urban Livelihoods and Migration
Melanie Morten, Stanford University

Addressing Uptake of Technology and Behavior in Urban Settings
Atonu Rabbani, University of Dhaka

Short Implementing Partner Presentations on Programs of Interest

Short Researcher Presentations on Areas of Interest