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Learning by Doing in Livelihoods Projects: Lessons from South Asia: Agenda

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June 5-6, 2013 | MC2-800 | 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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Participatory interventions in South Asia, such as the $3 billion portfolio of rural livelihoods projects, are going to be of signal importance in achieving the twin goals of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity by 2030. Since participatory interventions are complex, highly affected by context, and have uncertain trajectories of change, their effectiveness rests on their ability to experiment and learn from both success and failure. This workshop, which is jointly organized by the South Asia Rural Livelihoods Unit and the Development Research Group, examines various ways in which research and operations can collaborate to facilitate the ability of projects to learn by doing. 


8:30-9:00: Breakfast

Opening Session

9:00-9:10:  Welcome Remarks
Shobha Shetty, Sector Manager, South Asia Rural Development and Livelihoods (SASDL)

9:10-9:25: SAR’s perspective on M&E and learning by doing
Isabel Guerrero
, Vice President, South Asia Region

9:25-9:40: The challenge of Financial Inclusion: DEC’s engagement with Operations
Asli Demirguc-Kunt
, Director, Development Research Group (DECRG)

9:40-9:55: Learning-by-Doing in DFID
Stefan Dercon, Chief Economist, Department For International Development (DFID)

9:55-10:15: Panel Discussion
Moderated by Shobha Shetty

Session 1: India Social Observatory: 360 Degree Perspective

10:20-10:50: The Social Observatory approach to learning by doing
Vijayendra Rao, Lead Economist, DECRG

10:50-11:10: Questions and Answers

11:10-11:25: Coffee Break

11:25-11:45: Value of Social Observatory in Operations
Parmesh Shah, Rural Development Specialist, SASDL

11:45-12:00: Project’s perspective on the Social Observatory , Bihar
Arvind Chaudhary, CEO, Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project

12:00-12:15: Project’s perspective on the Social Observatory, Tamil Nadu
R V Shajeevana, Addl Project Director, Tamil Nadu Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Project

12:15-12:30: Questions and Answers

12:20-2:00: Lunch

Session 2: Process Learning- MIS, Process Monitoring and Case Studies

 Challenges in Implementing an effective MIS
Upamanyu Datta, Economist, DECRG

2:20-2:30: Process Monitoring to improve project implementation
Vijayendra Rao, DECRG

2:30-2:50: The Bihar Experience
Ajit Ranjan, State Progam Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation, Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project

2:50-3:05: The AP experience
B Rajsekhar, CEO, Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty, Andhra Pradesh

3:05-3:15: Questions and Answers

3:15-3:30: Coffee Break

3:30-3:45: The Potential for Innovations In Monitoring Systems: The ADEPT Perspective
Michael M. Lokshin, Manager, DECRG

3:45-4:05: Effective Monitoring systems: International Experience
Janmejay Singh, Senior Social Development Specialist, Social Development Department

4:25-4:35: Using case studies for learning in complex interventions
Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, SDV

4:35-5:00: How livelihoods projects can improve monitoring systems: Some Reactions
Samik Das, Senior Rural Development Specialist, SASDL

5:00-5:30: Questions and Answers

7:00-9:00: Dinner at Malaysia Kopitiam Restaurant, by invitation


8:30-9:00: Breakfast

Session 1: Findings from Nepal

9:00-9:20: Learnings from Nepal
Gayatri Acharya
, Sector Leader, Sustainable Development Department

9:20-9:40: Project’s Perspective
Kanchan Tamang
 Acting Chief, Monitoring and Evaulation,Nepal Poverty Alleviation Fund

9:40-10:00: Questions and Answers

10:00-10:20: KEY NOTE ADDRESS
Reducing Poverty in South Asia :The Importance of Learning by Doing and The Science of Delivery
Kaushik Basu
, Chief Economist, World Bank

10:20-10:45: Questions and Answers

10:45-11:00: Coffee break

Session 2: Case study of impact evaluation in Tamil Nadu

11:00-11:15: Designing an impact evaluation
Nethra Palaniswamy
, Economist, DECRG

11:15-11:30: Tamil Nadu’s s perspective on Impact evaluation
Mythili Rajendran, Project Director, Tamil Nadu Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Project
R V Shajeevana, Addl Project Director, Tamil Nadu Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Project

11:30-11:45: Questions and Answers

What have we learned in Andhra Pradesh?

11:45-12:00: Andhra Pradesh District Poverty Initiatives Project and its impact
Yanyan Liu, Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

12:00-12:15: Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project and its impact
Giovanna Prennushi
, Economic Adviser, SACIN
Abhishek Gupta, SASDL

12:15-12:30: Project’s perspective
B Rajsekhar
, CEO, Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty, Andhra Pradesh

12:30-12:45: Questions and Answers

12:45-1:45: Lunch

Session 3: Impact Evaluation of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund

 What have we learned from impact evaluations of PPAF in Pakistan?
Ghazala Mansuri, Lead Economist, Poverty Reduction and Equity

2:05-2:25: PPAF: An Operations perspective on learning from impact evaluations
Qazi Azmat Isa
, Chief Executive Officer, PPAF

2:25-2:45: Questions and Answers

Session 4: Impact Evaluation of the National Solidarity Program in Afghanistan

2:45-3:00: Key Findings from the Evaluation
Andrew Beath
, Economist, East Asia Pacific Chief Economist Unit

3:00-3:15: Learnings from the Operations Perspective
Abdul Rahman Ayubi, Executive Director, National Solidarity Program

3:15-3:30: Questions and Answers

Session 5: Mixed Methods approach to Evaluating Livelihoods Projects in Bihar

3:30-3:45: Impact evaluation in Bihar
Upamanyu Datta
, Economist, DECRG

3:45-4:00: Using behavioral economic techniques to asses impact
Karla Hoff
, Senior Research Economist, DECRG

4:00-4:15: Project’s reaction
Arvind Chaudhary
, CEO, Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project

4:15-4:30: Questions and Answers

4:15-4:30: Coffee break

Session 6: Improving the Effectiveness of Local Governments: The Role of Self-Help Groups and Monitoring & Evaluation

4:30-4:45: A description of Kerala’s Kudumbashree Program
Sarada Muraleedharan
, COO, National Rural Livelihoods Mission

4:45-5:45: Panel Discussion
Moderated by Vijayendra Rao
Jeffrey Hammer
, Professor, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton
Balakrishna Menon, Senior Social Development Specialist, MN Sustainable Development
Sarada Muraleedharan, COO, National Rural Livelihoods Mission
Shobha Shetty, Sector Manager, SASDL

Closing Session

5:45-6:00: Summary of Conference
Shobha Shetty and Vijayendra Rao

6:00-6:15: Closing Remarks
Cyprian Fisiy
, Director, Social Development Department

Agenda (.pdf)


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