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Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative

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About AIM

Striking the development target

The Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative (AIM) is a program of the World Bank’s Africa Region that supports capacity development for rigorous impact evaluation, and that provides technical assistance to produce and support country-specific impact evaluations of public programs.

AIM is generating a body of knowledge to inform policy decisions and program design in policy response throughout the Africa region. It also works to bring impact evaluation into the bulk of World Bank-supported operations.

The initiative initiates and supports impact evaluations across sectors, including education, health, community-driven development, post-conflict, and infrastructure.

AIM is now supporting more than eighty experimental or quasi-experimental impact evaluations in Africa, helping governments apply the best methodology to policy learning needs.

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The initiative is expanding capacity for impact evaluations in African countries in several ways:

  • Building technical and organizational capacity to conceive and implement rigorous impact evaluations through a learning-by-doing approach, and incorporating impact evaluation into national programs
  • Developing a pool of local resources with impact evaluation skills and experience
  • Helping countries conduct rigorous impact evaluations on the effects, costs, and operational feasibility of public interventions
  • Coordinating evaluation methods across countries to compare alternative approaches
  • Ensuring quality and adherence to study protocols
  • Ensuring adherence to human subjects
  • Disseminating the lessons learned to country policy makers and other stakeholders
  • Providing cross-country venues for dialogue, networking support, and publication outlets in order to improve public policies


APEIEAfrica Program for Education Impact Evaluation (APEIE). The APEIE is learning -- and sharing -- what brings results in education programs. More...

AIM-AccountabilityParticipatory Development and Accountability of Public Service Delivery (AIM-Accountability). This program supports impact evaluations of community-driven development and social fund operations in Africa. More...
Malaria Impact Evaluation Program (MIEP). The Malaria Impact Evaluation Program is helping its partners discover what works and what doesn't in malaria prevention and treatment. More...
Africa HIV/AIDS Impact Evaluation (AIM-AIDS). AIM-AIDS is a regional initiative to generate and support country-specific impact evaluations of HIV/AIDS interventions. More...
Africa Water Impact Evaluation (AIM-Water).This program supports impact evaluation of water supply and irrigation interventions. More information will be provided shortly.
Agricultural Adaptations Program (AADAPT). The program supports impact evaluation of interventions related to sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptations. More information will be provided shortly.


Kenya Impact Evaluation Program
KIEPKenya is by far the country with the most impact evaluations of development programs in all of sub-Saharan Africa. Many receive technical support from the World Bank or are Bank-funded projects. More...

AIM-EritreaEritrea Impact Evaluation Program
The Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative (AIM) is supporting the impact evaluations in the Eritrean health sector with technical assistance, fundraising and capacity development support. More...

SAIEPRepublic of South Africa Impact Evaluation Program
AIM is working with South Africa's government to conduct rigorous impact evaluations of four of its programs. More...

Nigeria Impact Evaluation Program
This program supports impact evaluation in agriculture, community development, urban infrastructure, malaria and education. More information will be provided shortly.


Working with African partners in government and academia, the Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative organizes workshops that strengthen capacity for on-the-ground impact evaluation.


Monday, May 26, 2009: $14 a month in Malawi: An Overview of the Evaluation of the Mchinji Cash Transfer, Presenter: Candace M. Miller, Center for International Health and Development, Boston University.

Monday, March 30, 2009: The Effect of Free Primary Education on Student Participation and Achievement: Evidence from Kenya, Presenter: Isaac Mbiti, Southern Methodist University; Adrienne M. Lucas, Wellesley College; and Isaac Mbiti, Southern Methodist University. See live broadcast.

Feb 23, 2009: Designing a Schooling Conditional Cash Transfer for Young Women in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sarah Baird, UC San Diego; Craig McIntosh, UC San Diego; Presenter: Berk Özler, World Bank. See live broadcast.

Feb 4, 2009: No Smoke without Fire: Fresh Perspectives on Indoor Air Pollution, Michael Greenstone, Professor, Department of Economics, MIT; Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor, School of Management, Yale University; Vijay Modi, Professor, School of Engineering & School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University; Alexander Pfaff, Professor, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University; Valerie Mueller, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IFPRI; Darby Jack, Professor, School of Public Health, Columbia University; Theresa Beltramo, Ph.D Candidate in Economics, University of Venice, Italy. See Alex Pfaff's paper | Broadcast of Morning Session | Broadcast of Afternoon Session

Jan 12, 2009: Conducting Electronic Surveys in Developing Countries, Dr. Joachim De Weerdt, Economic Development Initiatives (EDI) - Tanzania. See Paper.

Nov 24, 2008: Heckle and Chide: Empowering Matatu Passengers to Enforce Better Driving Behavior in Kenya, Dr. James Habyarimana , Georgetown Public Policy Institute. See Paper.

Oct 14, 2008: Health Worker Absence, HIV Testing and Behavioral Change, Evidence from Western Kenya, Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy , UNC Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. See Paper.

Sept 29, 2008: Reducing Child Malnutrition through Community Intervention Programs, Evidence from a Large Scale Randomized Trial in Rural Senegal, Dr. Sebastian Linnemayr, Research Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health. See Paper.

Aug 5, 2008: Malaria prevention and education: An impact evaluation in Kenyan schools, Dr. Simon Brooker Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Collaborative Programme, Nairobi, Kenya Reader in Tropical Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. See Paper | Live Broadcast.

July 28, 2008: “The Adoption of New Malaria Therapy at Health Facilities in Tanzania,” Achyuta Adhvaryu (Department of Economics, Yale University).

June 30, 2008: “Free Distribution Or Cost Sharing? Evidence From A Randomized Malaria Prevention Experiment,” Jessica Cohen (Brookings Institution). See Paper | Live Broadcast

June 16, 2008: "Success in National Malaria Control - Eritrea's Experience," Mr. Saleh Meky, Minister of Health for Eritrea. See Paper.


Arianna Legovini, Head, Development Impact Evaluation Initiative

Joan Pandit, Information Specialist, Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative, Africa Results & Learning

Edit V. Velenyi, Health Economist and Coordinator of the Malaria Impact Evaluation Program, Development Economics Research Group

Florence Kondylis, Young professional and Coordinator of the Water Impact Evaluation Program

Léandre Bassolé, Economist and Coordinator of the Africa HIV/AIDS Impact Evaluation Program, ActAfrica

Malte Lierl, Economist and Coordinator of the Africa Community-Driven Development Impact Evaluation Program, Africa Results & Learning

Nandini Krishnan, Economist and Coordinator of the South Africa Impact Evaluation Program, Africa Results & Leaning

Susana Sanchez, Senior Economist and Coordinator of Sustainable Development Department Monitoring and Impact Evaluation Activities


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