2023 Africa Evidence Summit

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2023 Africa Evidence Summit

The summit convenes African scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss the latest research findings on economic development.

By Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)

When and where

Date and time

June 19 · 9am - June 20 · 5pm EAT


Mövenpick Residences Nairobi Off Parklands Road Nairobi, Nairobi County Kenya


Monday 6/19
Tuesday 6/20

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM


Kindly arrive at least 20-30 minutes early to register. Coffee and tea will be available.

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcome from United States International University, Kenya

Amos Njuguna, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension, United States International University

9:05 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Carson Christiano, Executive Director, Center for Effective Global (CEGA)

9:15 AM - 9:40 AM

Keynote Address

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Inter-Generational Impacts of Child Health Investments in East Africa

Edward Miguel, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley, CEGA

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Demand Driven Research

A conversation facilitated by the Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa (NIERA)

Gamified Savings as a Problem Gambling Intervention

Laura Barasa, Lecturer of Economics, University of Nairobi

Artistic Pathways: Navigating the Road to Employment in the Creative Sector

Amos Njuguna, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension, United States International University

Reducing poverty among the urban poor in Uganda. Evaluating the parish...

Maria Nantongo, Lecturer of Economics, Makerere University Business School

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM

Coffee Break

11:35 AM - 12:35 PM


Air Pollution and Health in sub-Saharan Africa

Jennifer Burney, Associate Professor, UC San Diego

Evaluating SMS reminders for improving adherence to anti-seizure medication

Damazo Kadengye, Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Centre

When Patients are Uninformed: Evidence from a Patient Information Provision...

Edward Asiedu, Senior Lecturer of Development Economics, University of Ghana

12:35 PM - 2:00 PM


Participants will be seated by research interests.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Labor Markets

Job training on temporary worker performance: Evidence from insurance agents

Liz Lyons, Associate Professor, University of California San Diego

Underemployment of college graduates: is doing anything better than doing ...

Michel Ndayikeza, Assistant Lecturer, University of Burundi

Beliefs and Product Choice: Evidence from Small Retailers in Zambia

Ajay Shenoy, Associate Professor, University of Santa Cruz

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Coffee Break and Poster Session (sponsored by CEGA and Busara)

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM

Building Resilient Education Systems

Thato Letsomo, Youth Impact

4:20 PM - 5:20 PM

From the People to Policy Actors: Centering African Voices in Policymaking

Panel conversation facilitated by Afrobarometer Panelists: Dr. Boniface Dulani, Director of Surveys, Afrobarometer, and Senior Lecturer, University of Malawi; Mr. Samuel Balongo, Assistant Project Ma...

5:20 PM - 6:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

About this event

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) will hold its 11th annual Africa Evidence Summit in Nairobi, Kenya on June 19-20, 2023.  The summit is an annual gathering that brings together East and West African scholars, U.S.-based faculty, policymakers, and practitioners in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss the latest research findings on economic development and poverty alleviation on the continent. The summit also promotes discussion on new ways to integrate evidence into decision-making and elevate African scholars' voices. We are delighted to partner with the Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa (NIERA) to host this event.

CEGA’s Global Networks program launched in 2011 with the East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative. EASST has built a robust network of leading East African scholars conducting rigorous impact evaluations of social programs in the region and has strived to increase the use of high-quality evidence in the design of social policies and programs throughout East Africa. In recent years, we have expanded to include West African scholars through the Development Impact West Africa (DIWA) program.

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