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Impact Note
September 2022

CEGA Fellow Dagim Belay (Fall 2016) at the 2022 Africa Evidence Summit | Laurent Rusanganwa

CEGA’s Summer Events Advance Inclusion

The global development community often prioritizes the voices and interests of researchers from high-income countries. Since its launched in 2008, CEGA’s Global Networks (GN) program has advanced inclusion by centering researchers from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This summer, three major events on the continent—the Africa Evidence Summit, the Development Impact Summit, and the annual meeting of the Working Group in African Political Economy—provided platforms for African social scientists, policymakers, and students to share knowledge and engage with CEGA researchers on topics of mutual interest. Read more about how we’re building the capacity and incentives necessary to ensure these events are not just African-attended but African-led.


Flinging Back the (Cost) Curtain

Rising polarization and misinformation have influenced Chile’s national plebiscite. In a historic move, Chile made history and championed transparency by publicly estimating the costs of a new proposed constitution. CEGA Project Scientist Fernando Hoces de la Guardia, Faculty Co-Director Edward Miguel, and coauthor Andrés Hojman explain the value of such open policy analyses.


Meeting the Middle Man

CEGA affiliated faculty Samuel Bazzi and Simone Schaner and coauthors investigate how information on the quality of placement agencies who match potential female migrants with employers affects migration. They explain how sharing information decreases migration and the use of low-quality intermediaries, while those who do migrate have more successful experiences.

Austin Kehmeier

Insights on India

In a new podcast episode with Amit Varma, CEGA affiliated professor Karthik Muralidharan analyzes India’s development, diving into his body of research on India, including the general equilibrium effects of improving public employment programs, and the state of healthcare and education.

Amit Varma


Christopher Herwig

Jump-starting Job Hunting in Jordan

Both Syrian refugees and Jordanians face widespread unemployment in Jordan. Supported by CEGA’s Targeting Aid Better Initiative, researchers developed a targeting method that individualizes policy interventions like cash transfers and psychological support for job-seekers. The Jordanian Ministry of Labor and the World Bank adopted this approach of registering and matching job-seekers into the country’s National Employment Programme (NEP). With over 25,000 job opportunities available on the platform, the NEP aims to match 63,000 new employees with good jobs, with a particular focus on women and young adults.


CEGA Welcomes Nine New Affiliates

We are excited to introduce nine new faculty affiliates with expertise in medicine, economics, public policy, and more. Join us in welcoming Augustin Bergeron (USC), Francisco Garfias (UCSD), Dorothy Kronick (UCB), Tanu Kumar (Claremont Graduate), Joseph Lewnard (UCB), Nathan Nunn (UBC), Todd Pugatch (OSU), Anita Raj (UCSD), and Emma Riley (UW). 


There's a new textbook in town!

The CEGA co-managed Development Impact Lab (DIL) pioneered a new field called Development Engineering (DevEng), which devises technological solutions for poverty alleviation. DIL has now published an open-source textbook, Introduction to Development Engineering, which presents the DevEng approach and case studies on its use in low- and middle-income countries. The textbook will be used by students, entrepreneurs, and policy analysts.

Springer Nature

Food Security in Liberia and Malawi

With support from CEGA's Development Impact Lab (DIL), CEGA affiliated professor Jonathan Robinson and coauthors evaluate the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on market activity in Liberia and Malawi, finding the pandemic disrupted market activity but did not decrease food security.

EU Civil Protection and
Humanitarian Aid

Working Papers

  • Rafael Araujo, Francisco Costa, and Teevrat Garg analyze the impact of public attention on environmental issues and find that increased attention decreased fires in Brazil by 22 percent.
  • Francesco Cordaro, Marcel Fafchamps, Colin Mayer, and coauthors investigate performance-based financing contracts and find they share risk and reward more effectively than standard debt contracts. 
  • Travis Lybbert and Bruce Wydick review literature on hope and poverty and develop a conceptual framework for integrating hope into development economics.


  • Maya Ranganath reflects on three CEGA events held in Ghana and Rwanda this summer that amplified the research of low- and middle-income scholars. 
  • Carson Christiano articulates why the Effective Altruism movement and organizations like GiveWell need to make greater investments in impact evaluations. 
  • Cheukai Makari introduces our peer mentorship program and interviews participants about their lasting collaborations.


Visit CEGA's event page or our YouTube channel to watch videos of past events. Videos are typically posted within one week of the event date.

UC Berkeley

October 4, 2022: BITSS Open Research Seminar

The CEGA-managed Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) is excited to host the Open Research Seminar, a webinar series to share knowledge about the use of tools and practices for transparency and reproducibility in social science research. The first of four fall sessions will take place on October 4th. For more information and to register, see the event page

Julie Ricard

October 13, 2022: Evidence to Action: Confronting Conflict and Displacement in a Changed World

This year, CEGA’s flagship research symposium, Evidence to Action (E2A), will showcase the effectiveness and limitations of policy solutions designed to promote stability, security, and resilience in low- and middle-income countries. With researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in conversation, we’ll explore how countries restabilize after conflict, which groups citizens rely on for public safety, the impact of climate change, and more. For more information and to register, see the event page.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

November 15-16, 2022: Hope Over Fate Book Launch

This two-day event will celebrate the release of Hope Over Fate: Fazle Hasan Abed and the Science of Ending Global Poverty, a new biography of the late Sir Fazle Hasan Abed by Scott MacMillan, Director of Learning and Innovation for BRAC USA and Abed’s former speechwriter. For more information and to register, see the event page.


Hiring Full Stack Developer, Social Science Prediction Platform

CEGA’s Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) seeks a full-stack engineer to work on refining the Social Science Prediction Platform (SSPP). The engineer will start as soon as possible. To apply, see the listing.

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