The School of Economics, University of Nairobi, in collaboration with J-PAL Africa, invites you to a webinar on randomised evaluation research funding opportunities available to African Scholars. This webinar will be facilitated by the Digital identification and Finance Initiative (DigiFI Africa) - a research initiative at J-PAL Africa. It will focus on research questions on digital ID and payment systems and available funding opportunities.
J-PAL is an international research centre that works to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by rigorous evidence. J-PAL works with top academic economists, governments, the private sector, and other stakeholders to conduct randomised evaluations to understand the impact of social programmes.
DigiFI Africa is part of J-PAL and focuses on funding rigorous evidence on the use of digital payments and identification systems to improve lives in Sub-Saharan Africa. Policymakers across Africa are increasingly investing in large-scale digital identification and digital payment systems. Because these systems are new, little rigorous research exists on how best to design and implement such systems in low-income contexts. How do these rapid changes affect the lives of citizens? How can they best be structured to lead to the most benefit? Are any groups adversely affected by these reforms? DigiFI Africa clusters research around these questions, creating and funding randomized evaluations, monitoring systems, and pilots, and generating results that provide guidance on critical design questions as reforms go to scale.
● Opening remarks: Chairman, Department of Economics; University of Nairobi
● Introduction to J-PAL and the Digital Identification and Finance Initiative (DigiFI): Nidhi Parekh, Director, DigiFI
● Opportunities for African Scholars, plus tips to write a successful grant application: Aimee Hare, J-PAL
● Moderator: Dr. Joy Kiiru, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, University of Nairobi