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Thursday, September 28 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Building Evidence into USAID Program Design: Academia-Donor Partnerships in Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

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Is citizen advocacy or central government oversight more effective at reducing corruption in delivery of public services? Is there an economic argument for providing free legal assistance to the poor? Can elections be leveraged to incentive better public service delivery at the local level?  These are just a few of the questions with which many donors and practitioners grapple. Grounded in its Learning Agenda, USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) Center of Excellence has pioneered partnerships between USAID practitioners and leading academics to inform USAID strategic planning and programming in this critical sector as well as to address gaps in the global evidence base on what works in democracy, rights, and governance. Join this panel to hear from USAID practitioners and leading political scientists from top universities about the latest in democracy, rights, and governance research and why such academia-donor relationships are win-win for both.

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Rebecca Wolfe

Director, Peace and Conflict Team / Board Member, Mercy Corps / EGAP
Dr. Rebecca J. Wolfe is a leading expert on political violence, conflict and violent extremism. Currently, she is the Director of Mercy Corps’ Peace and Conflict team, where she has developed and supported programs in various countries across Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Dr. Wolfe is able to draw on her practitioner and academic backgrounds to effectively research important development issues and communicate to multiple audiences. Dr. Wolfe has taught at Princeton... Read More →

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Chris Fariss

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Prior to beginning this appointment, I was the Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science in the Department of Political Science... Read More →
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James Habyarimana

Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
James Habyarimana joined the McCourt School Public Policy in 2004 after completing doctoral studies at Harvard University. His main research interests are in Development Economics and Political Economy. In particular he is interested in understanding the issues and constraints in... Read More →
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Morgan Holmes

Senior Evaluation Methodologist, Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, USAID
Morgan Holmes is a Senior Evaluation Methodologist with the Learning Division of USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. She manages a portfolio of research that includes 28 experimental impact evaluations addressing a variety of questions ranging from Countering Violent Extremism to local tax reform. Ms. Holmes has worked with more than 32 USAID Missions to identify opportunities for research and to carry out high quality surveys and evaluations with them. Prior to joining USAID, she worked at the World Bank and in the private sector conducting evaluations of USAID, State, World Bank, and DfID programs. Ms. Holmes began her career working for NDI and IRI implementing political party, civil society, and media strengthening programs. She has managed programs in Afghanistan, the Czech Republic, the DRC, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Slovakia, and Venezuela. She holds a BSc from Georgetown... Read More →
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Erik Wibbels

Robert O. Keohane Professor and Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Duke University
A Professor of Political Science, Wibbels' research focuses on development, decentralized governance, and other areas of political economy. He is the co-general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre and AidData, and he has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies and elsewhere. Current major projects include the combination of surveys and satellite images to identify slums in India and understand the conditions under which residents achieve formal recognition and successfully attract public services; an impact evaluation of a large, district-level USAID program in Ghana; and work on how the geographic emergence and spread of state authority impact long-term economic... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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