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Thursday, September 28 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Walmart Model: Process Improvements to Drive Cost-effective Scale-up of Evidence-based Innovations

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Corporations like Walmart have excelled in using information technology, ongoing systems improvement, and other process innovations to drive efficiency, allowing them to maintain over 11,000 stores across 28 countries while becoming one of the most profitable retailers in the US. Similarly, highly evidence-based organizations like USAID partners, Living Goods and Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, not only prioritize rigorous evidence like impact evaluations, but also use evidence and data throughout the lifecycle of their program to increase their cost-effectiveness and ‘return on impact.’ For example, Living Goods has pioneered the use of an “Avon”-like door-to-door Community Health Promoter model, using improved performance management, incentives, and technology to achieve step-change improvements in performance and associated health outcomes, reaching farther than many last-mile distribution models. Meanwhile, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a youth employment accelerator based in South Africa, has set up a unique, data-driven process - one that is beginning to leverage the power of big data and machine learning - to enable unemployed South African youth who may lack traditional markers of employability, such as a college education, to find good jobs. Join Shaun Church (President, Living Goods) and Maryana Iskander (CEO, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator) to share how their public sector innovations leverage the best of the private sector to drive impact and cost-effectiveness at scale.
Note: Kanika Bahl, CEO of Evidence Action, was originally scheduled to join this discussion to speak about Dispensers for Safe Water. Please visit their website or the Evidence Action booth in the Innovation Marketplace in the Atrium Ballroom to learn more about this ground-breaking, USAID-supported innovation.

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Alicia Phillips Mandaville

Vice President, Global Development Policy and Learning, Interaction
Alicia Phillips Mandaville is the vice president for Global Development Policy and Learning at InterAction, an alliance of international development and relief organizations. Through her role, she represents InterAction membership, expanding the position, partnerships and influence... Read More →

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Shaun Church

President, Living Goods
Shaun’s first career was in the financial markets. He worked for Goldman Sachs in London and later managed his own hedge fund in San Francisco. Noticing there was more to life than government bonds, Shaun was drawn to the non-profit sector. One year led to two years led to ten... Read More →
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Maryana Iskander

CEO, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
I am currently the chief executive officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a not-for-profit company that partners with South African employers to source, place and successfully retain young, first-time work seekers. From 2006-2012, I served as chief operating officer of... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center