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Seminars and Workshops

As part of its efforts to promote evidence-based policy-making, the Office of the Chief Economist organizes both training workshops and regular seminars.

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Jan 12, 2011

Informing Human Development: An ESW Fair
Informing Human Development: An ESW Fair" will showcase some of the newest and most exciting analytical work produced by Bank teams in the human development 
sectors. This open forum provides an opportunity to hear and learn from colleagues, to share ideas and provide feedback. It also provides a medium to reinforce cross-regional exchanges.
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October 27, 2010
Human Rights and Social Protection: What does it mean for the Bank?
Presenter:Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona,UN Independent Expert on Human Rights & Extreme Poverty.
Bank staff frequently encounter discussions and debates with clients and partners about the role of human rights for our work. At a special seminar, staff had the opportunity to discuss with experts what human rights protections mean for development planning and policies.
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Cash Transfers Programmes
The contribution of social protection to the achievement of the Millennium Development

Social Pensions

October 13, 2010
Using Incentives to Improve Outcomes: North- South Knowledge Sharing on Conditional Cash Transfer Programs
Presenter: Lawrence Aber, Distinguished Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy, NYU
Laura Rawlings, Lead Social Protection Specialist, HDNSP
A seminar looked at how Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) fit into broader welfare reform, with researchers presenting a paper that concluded with a call for increased knowledge sharing.
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June 14, 2010

Cash on Delivery: A New Approach to Foreign Aid

Presenter: William Savedoff, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development

Donor countries have committed to major increases in development assistance but doubts remain over how effective this aid is. In discussing the new book "Cash on Delivery: A new approach to foreign aid with an application to primary schooling"co-author, William Savedoff will present an approach that links aid directly to outcomes in ways that promote accountability and strengthen local institutions.

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June 3, 2010

The National Rural Employment Guarantee in India's Bihar State

Presenter: Dominique Van De Walle, Lead Economist, PRMGE

India's National Rural Employment Guarantee is a rights-based scheme that guarantees up to 100 days of paid unskilled work per year on public works projects on demand to all rural households. This study focuses on the performance of NREG in Bihar, one of India's poorest states. The presentation will report preliminary findings on program performance based on the first round survey.

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May 27th, 2010

Delivering Opportunities to Youth in Northern Uganda

Presenter: Sebastian Martinez

The Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) funds youth groups to acquire vocational training and purchase start-up materials for productive enterprises. The program includes an experimental impact evaluation. This presentation will discuss the short-term impacts of YOP on training and enterprise formation, labor market outcomes, income and indicators of basic psycho-social well-being for a sample of non-migrant youth.

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May 24th, 2010

Human Rights and Human Development: What does it mean for the World Bank?

Speakers: Jennifer Prah Ruger, Associate Professor, Yale School of Public Health
Varun Gauri, Senior Economist, Development Research Group
Alicia Yamin, Fellow, Harvard Law School

This session aims to confront some of the myths that Bank staff and human rights practitioners have about each other. Key questions include -- How can policy makers and Bank teams navigate constitutional and other statutory mandates? How can rights-based approaches to human development contribute to improved service delivery and outcomes through strengthened accountability? And what does all of this mean for Bank operations?
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-How Might Rights-Based Approaches Enhance Accountability? - Alicia Yamin

-Enhance Accountability?Human Rights and Development: A Short Guide for the Vexed and Perplexed - Varun Gauri

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May 12, 2010

Courting Social Justice

Presenter: Varun Gauri

A presentation of a first-of-its-kind, five-country empirical study of the causes and consequences of social and economic rights litigation. The book includes detailed studies of Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and South Africa, which present systematic and nuanced accounts of court activity on social and economic rights in each country

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May 7th, 2010

Presentation of the Book “Conditional Cash Transfers: Reducing Present and Future Poverty” in TÁRKI Social Research Institute, in Budapest, Hungary

Presenter: Ariel Fiszbein

TARKI Social Research Institute is drafting a paper on the potential pros and cons of extending conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes. The World Bank publication on CCT programmes (Ariel Fiszbein and Norbert Schady: "Conditional Cash Transfers: Reducing Present and Future Poverty") is a reference work in the area. An event was organized around the presentation of the World Bank book by Ariel Fiszbein, followed by the presentation of the messages of the Tarki paper, followed by invited comments and an open discussion.
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May 4th, 2010

Chief Economist Conference at the Overseas Development Institute in London, UK

Presenter: Ariel Fiszbein

Impact evaluation is an important tool in building a stronger evidence base on effective development programs and, in turn, improving development policy. In a presentation at the Overseas Development Institute, HD Chief Economist, Ariel Fiszbein, discusses how the World Bank is using impact evaluation and employing it to inform policy in the health, education and social protection sectors.
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April 19, 2010

Turkey: Expanding Opportunities for the Next Generation

Presenter: Jesko Hentschel

The Report examines equity through the lenses of opportunities for Turkey. The authors find that inequalities of opportunity are substantial and that what it terms circumstances---exogenous factors that no individual can influence---are an important determinant of life trajectories

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March 25, 2010

Demanding Good Governance Inside and Out

Six teams of World Bank staff and civil society organizations present their experiences in improving service delivery through access to information and third party monitoring initiatives both inside and outside the World Bank.

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March 15, 2010

UN Human Development Report 2009

Presenter: Jeni Klugman

Migration, both within and beyond borders, has become an increasingly prominent theme in domestic and international debates, and is the topic of the 2009 Human Development Report Overcoming Barriers: Human mobility and development, which will be presented by Jeni Klugman, the report’s lead author and Director of the Human Development Report Office.

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March 9, 2010

Making nutrition a development priority for Africa: What does it take?

Presenter: Marcela Natalicchio

Malnutrition remains the world’s most serious health problem and single biggest contributor to child mortality. Despite known cost-effective solutions, many African governments do not prioritize it. The nutrition community has acknowledged that political obstacles are at the heart of the problem. But, the literature on the politics of nutrition is still scant. This seminar goes over the results of a systematic comparison of 8 case studies of nutrition policies in Africa. Using a political economy approach, it identifies main obstacles to making nutrition a priority, and the drivers of change that break the ‘low priority cycle’.

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- Making nutrition a development priority in Africa: What does it take?

- Implementing the Governance and Anticorruption (GAC) Strategy in the Africa Region

-Making nutrition a development priority in Africa: What does it take?(PPT,306KB)

January 28, 2010

Benchmarking Governance in Tertiary Education

Presenter: Jamil Salmi

Good governance is a fundamental element in determining the performance of successful tertiary education systems as well as high-performing tertiary education institutions. This BBL examined issues related to governance of tertiary education, and several working papers on university leadership, accountability and autonomy in tertiary education, and issues of fraud and corruption.

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Mouse over the dates below to see the seminar titles. To view related content, click on the link.

November 12, November 10, October 8th & November 13, June 11, May 27, April 30, April 21, March 16, January 29, January 14

April 15, April 22, May 29, September 25, October 15, November 17


Using Evidence to Inform Policy Brown Bag Lunch Seminars
The Human Development Network’s Office of the Chief Economist Unit sponsors a seminar series entitled Using Evidence to Inform Policy. The purpose of this new BBL series is to share results of thought-provoking research that inform key areas of human development policy. By clicking on the below links you can access information regarding previous seminars as well as any papers or PowerPoint presentations associated with each seminar.

November 12th, 2009
Crisis Assessment Tools - Lessons from the Recent Financial Crisis
Using Crisis Response Surveys to Assess the Social Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis

November 10, 2009
Financial Incentives & HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Three Experimental Interventions
- Financial Incentives & HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Three Experimental Intervention (PPT 166KB)
- Sex and the Classroom: Can a Cash Transfer Program for Schooling decrease HIV infections? (PPT 2.91MB)

October 8 & November 13, 2009
Are You Being Served? New Tools for Measuring Service Delivery
- View Program for Parts I & II

June 11, 2009
Monitoring the Social Impacts of Crisis - Website

May 27, 2009
Pay for Performance in the UK - The Quality and Outcomes Framework - Peter C. Smith
- Paying for Performance in health services: lessons from the UK experience

April 30, 2009
Making Training Work: Evidence for Chile - Ignacio Canales, Jaime Bravo, Virginia Astorga, Lincoyan Zepeda, and Claudio Navea
- The Strategy to Develop Chile's Permanent Education System PPT and Paper

April 21, 2009
Do You Get What You Pay For? The Impact of Paying Primary Health Providers for Performance in Rwanda - Paul Gertler
- Paying Health Care Providers for Performance: Evidence from Rwanda

March 16, 2009
Poverty Policy in the US – What Next? – Rebecca Blank and Larry Aber
- Family Economic Security and Children’s Development in the Age of Obama
- An Anti-Poverty Agenda for the U.S.

January 29, 2009
Challenges and Opportunities in Supporting Civil Society Organizations to Seek Accountability for Public Spending and Service Delivery in Social Sectors – Charles Griffin and Courtney Tolmie
- Transparency And Accountability Program

January 14, 2009
“Fission Chips” Innovations in (Bio)Fortification Foods – Howarth Bouis and Luc Laviolette
- Micronutrient Initiative brochure
- Copenhagen Consensus 2008 Challenge Paper: Hunger and Malnutrition
- A Food-Based Approach Introducing Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes Increased Vitamin A Intake and Serum Retinol Concentrations in Young Children in Rural Mozambique
- From harvest to health: Challenges for developing biofortified staple foods and determining their impact on micronutrient status
- HarvestPlus Working Paper No.2
- HarvestPlus Medium-TermPlan: 2008-2010
- Micronutrient Initiative Annual Reports 2007-2008
- Micronutrient Initiative Five-year Strategic Plan 2008-2013



April 15, 2008
Early Childhood Development Program of Rio de Janeiro: Impact Evaluation Design and Challenges – Ricardo Paes de Barros and Pedro Olinto
- Estimating the impact of daycare on child development and women welfare

April 22, 2008
Microcredit, Family Planning Programs and Contraceptive Behavior – Evidence From a Field Experiment in Ethiopia – Jaikishan Desai
- Microcredit, Family Planning Programs and Contraceptive Behavior: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Ethiopia

May 29, 2008
The Fall and Rise of Human Capital After War – Christopher Blattman
- From Violence to Voting: War and political participation in Uganda
- The Consequences of Child Soldiering

September 25, 2008
Health Impacts of Water and Sanitation – What’s the Evidence? – Jack Molyneaux, Armin Fidler, Peter Kolsky, and Monika Huppi
- The Health Benefits of Water Supply and Sanitation Investments
- Perspectives from the sector: the way we find the world, and how we can do better on health
- What do we know about the health benefits of WSSH investments?

October 15, 2008
The Impact of Education and Socioeconomic Status on HIV/AIDS, Matthew Jukes and Damien de Walque
- Who Gets AIDS and How? Education, HIV and Sexual Behaviors in Africa
- The role of schools in protecting young women and girls from HIV in southern Africa?

November 17, 2008
Performance Based Financing – The Case of Rwanda – Paulin Basinga
- Impact Evaluation Of Performance Based Financing


March , 2010
Transparency and Accountability Program, Peer Review Workshop

March 2-4, 2010
EAP Human Development Workshop, Bangkok


July 29-31, 2009
Following the Money: Participatory PETS and Absenteeism Methods for Civil Society. Kampala, Uganda

July 21-23, 2009
Following the Money: Participatory PETS and Absenteeism Methods for Civil Society. Delhi, India

June 22, 2009
Making Schools Accountable: What Works?


November 10-12, 2008
Governance and Accountability in Human Development: Issues, Diagnostics, and Implementation Tools for Education, Health, and Social Protection

October 30, 2008
Measuring Governance In Service Delivery In Health And Education Seminar

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