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Learning by Doing in Livelihoods Projects: Lessons from South Asia: Papers and Presentations

 

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


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 

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 (presentation, PDF format, 12mb)

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 (presentation, PDF format, 1.1mb)

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 (presentation, PDF format, 3.1mb)

12:15-12:30: Questions and Answers

12:20-2:00: Lunch

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

2:00-2:20:
 Challenges in Implementing an effective MIS
Upamanyu Datta, Economist, DECRG (presentation, PDF format, 71kb)

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 (presentation, PDF format, 14.7mb)

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 (presentation, PDF format, 8.3mb)

3:45-4:05: Effective Monitoring systems: International Experience
Janmejay Singh, Senior Social Development Specialist, Social Development Department (presentation, PDF format, 16.2mb)

4:25-4:35: Using case studies for learning in complex interventions
Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, SDV (presentation, PDF format, 876kb)

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


THURSDAY, JUNE 6

8:30-9:00: Breakfast

Session 1: Findings from Nepal

9:00-9:20: Learnings from Nepal
Gayatri Acharya
, Sector Leader, Sustainable Development Department (presentation, PDF format, 10mb)

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 (presentation, PDF format, 754kb)

11:15-11:30: Tamil Nadu’s s perspective on Impact evaluation
Mythili Rajendran, Project Director, Tamil Nadu Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Project (presentation, PDF format, 3.7mb)
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 (presentation, PDF format, 222kb)

12:00-12:15: Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project and its impact
Giovanna Prennushi, Economic Adviser, SACIN (presentation, PDF format, 1.2mb)
Abhishek Gupta, SASDL

12:15-12:30: Project’s perspective
B Rajsekhar
, CEO, Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty, Andhra Pradesh (presentation, zipped PDF, 8mb)

12:30-12:45: Questions and Answers

12:45-1:45: Lunch

Session 3: Impact Evaluation of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund

1:45-2:05:
 What have we learned from impact evaluations of PPAF in Pakistan?
Ghazala Mansuri, Lead Economist, Poverty Reduction and Equity (pesentation, PDF format,76kb)

2:05-2:25: PPAF: An Operations perspective on learning from impact evaluations
Qazi Azmat Isa
, Chief Executive Officer, PPAF (presentation, zipped PDF format, 2mb)

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 (presentation, PDF format, 7.2mb)

3:00-3:15: Learnings from the Operations Perspective
Abdul Rahman Ayubi, Executive Director, National Solidarity Program (presentation, PDF format, 123kb)

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 (presentation, PDF format, 275kb)

3:45-4:00: Using behavioral economic techniques to asses impact
Karla Hoff
, Senior Research Economist, DECRG (presentation, PDF format, 335kb)

4:00-4:15: Project’s reaction
Arvind Chaudhary
, CEO, Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (presentation, PDF format, 789kb)

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 (presentation, PDF format,12.8mb)

4:45-5:45: Panel Discussion
Moderated by Vijayendra Rao
Panelists
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

 

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