J-PAL summer school: development methodologies


As part of the "Development Methodologies" Professorship held by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, a summer school for African researchers and policy-makers will be organised from 5 to 8 July 2022 in Abidjan, on the campus of the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ENSEA).

Following the 2021 Summer School "Innovations for Development'', this new edition will be organized in partnership with the French Development Agency (AfD), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the Fund for Innovation in Development (FID) and the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics of Abidjan (ENSEA).

Renowned researchers affiliated with the J-PAL network will contribute to the teaching programme, including Esther Duflo, Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and recipient of 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics.

The summer school will bring together researchers with demonstrated interest and ability to incorporate impact evaluation methods into their research work and policy-makers involved in the commission of evaluations or in the use of evaluation results to guide decision-making.

The summer school will involve an academic track and a policy track, supplemented by common sessions bringing together the two groups of participants in order to facilitate exchanges between researchers and policy-makers around practical cases. Download a detailed schedule here.

Registrations are only open for the academic track; the policy track is by invitation-only. Researchers wishing to participate in the academic track of the summer school must apply by 30 April 2022. As places are limited and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

To be eligible for the course, applicants must:

  • Be nationals of an African country;
  • Hold a doctoral degree in economics or social sciences from an accredited institution*;
  • Be affiliated with a university or research institute, or with the "research" or "evaluation" department of a public or private organisation;
  • Be involved in research activities taking place in Africa, preferably in relation to impact assessment of public programmes and policies.

Applicants fluent in both English and French will be given priority. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered or reimbursed for participants not residing in Côte d'Ivoire.

* Applications from individuals currently completing their doctorate may be considered on a case-by-case basis, on the basis of their current research activities and academic publication history.



Please contact Abdoulaye Ndiaye at andiaye@povertyactionlab.org with any questions regarding registration or other details about the Summer School.