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Dr. Fennell organises workshop on Evidence Based Policy

last modified Jul 28, 2014 09:26 PM

The Centre of Development Studies and the World Bank Institute jointly organised a colloquium on 'Examining Evidence of Institutional Change on Poverty Reduction'

The focus of the colloquium was on how governments and donors, who spend billions each year on designing and implementing interventions, can create favourable institutional conditions for poverty reduction. The remit of the colloquium was to regard institutional change along both the supply and demand sides of the provision of goods and services, where the supply side focus has been on the efficiency of provision and the effectiveness of organisational delivery, while demand side looks to improve stakeholder ownership through strengthening voice and accountability mechanisms.

The presentations and discussions were located around the consequences of not having clear evidence of the impact of such interventions. The colloquium focussed on how current indicators of institutional changes could work better to improve the lives of the poor and how to better facilitate these institutional changes at an expedited rate to more quickly achieve poverty eradication.

Shailaja Fennell's comments on evidence based policy

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