University of Cape Town

For Promoting The Use Of Rigorous Evidence For Policymaking In Sub-Saharan Africa

Overview
This grant to the University of Cape Town will provide flexible support to the Africa Region branch of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Over this grant period, J-PAL Africa will work with a selection of African countries to ensure that rigorous and policy-relevant evidence is incorporated into policy and implemented at scale, including through strengthening policymakers’ capacity and government systems to absorb, synthesize, and use evidence. J-PAL Africa will also help strengthen capacity among policymakers, practitioners, and local researchers to understand impact evaluation methodology and conduct rigorous evaluations where appropriate.
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University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Western Cape, 7700, South Africa
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for promoting the use of impact evaluations of poverty reduction programs across Africa  
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