J-PAL Southeast Asia Launch and Policy Workshop

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June 25-26, 2013 Jakarta, Indonesia

On June 25, J-PAL officially launched its Southeast Asia office at the Institute for Economic and Social Research at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, offered the keynote address at the launch event, which was attended by over three hundred international and local academics, government officials, and representatives from civil society and international development organizations. Following the launch, J-PAL Southeast Asia hosted its first policy workshop where researchers and policymakers came together to identify the priorities of the new office in poverty, governance, education, and health.

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Summary of Launch and Workshop Agenda with Presentations

J-PAL Southeast Asia Launch

Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Dr. Ir. Muhammad Anis M. Met, Rector of the University of Indonesia
Prof. Dr. Rema Hanna, Scientific Director of J-PAL Southeast Asia

Keynote Remarks
His Excellency Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia

J-PAL in Indonesia
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Olken, Director of J-PAL Global and Scientific Director of J-PAL SEA

Using knowledge to help the poor: AusAID’s support to the Poverty Action Lab
Peter Baxter, Director General of AusAID

The Importance of Research Partnerships

Jossy Prananta Moeis Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Economics of The University of Indonesia

Translating Research into Action: Moving Forward

Dr. Ir. Bambang Widianto, M.A., Executive Secretary of National Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction (TNP2K)

Using Evidence for Informed Policymaking

Prof. Dr. Abhijit Banerjee, Director of J-PAL Global

Concluding Remarks

Héctor Salazar Salame, Executive Director of J-PAL SEA

J-PAL Southeast Asia Policy Workshop

Dr. Sudarno Sumarto, Policy Advisor at TNP2K and Senior Research Fellow at SMERU Research Institute
Dr. Rema Hanna, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and J-PAL SEA Scientific Director

Poverty Session
Dr. Benjamin Olken, Professor of Economics, MIT and Scientific Director, J-PAL SEA
Dr. Vivi Alatas, Senior Economist, World Bank

Governance Session
Dr. Rachel Glennerster, Executive Director, J-PAL
Dr. Suahasil Nazara, Coordinator of Policy Working Groups, TNP2K and Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia

Health Session

Dr. Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Harvard University

Education Session
Dr. Menno Pradhan, Professor in Project and Program Evaluation for International Development, Free University and University of Amsterdam