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Thursday, September 28
 

8:00am

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Thursday September 28, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

8:00am

Evidence Resource Hub
Many development practitioners and social entrepreneurs and innovators want to strengthen the evidence focus of their work, but lack the networks or resources to know where to start on that journey. The Evidence Resource Hub will showcase a variety of low- or no-cost resources that practitioners can tap, such as advisory services on results-based funding, syntheses of evidence in the sector in which they work, technology-based tools to better track impact data, and impact evaluation training opportunities geared toward practitioners. The objective is to facilitate awareness of these resources and foster concrete opportunities for collaboration by bringing together resource providers and those in need of them. Over 30 “evidence resource providers” will participate, including, for example: J-PAL, Innovations for Poverty Action, Evidence Action, Causal Design, ideas42, the Progress out of Poverty Index, Global Innovation Fund, Laterite, Vera Solutions, and many more.

For more information on the Hub, visit: http://giw2017.org/evidence-resource-hub

Thursday September 28, 2017 8:00am - 7:00pm
Amphitheater Foyer

9:00am

Welcome & Opening Remarks
​Join the Honorable Mark A. Green, Administrator of USAID, for opening remarks to kick-off Global Innovation Week. He will share remarks on how partnerships, entrepreneurship, and USAID's investments in scalable innovation get us closer to the day when U.S. development assistance is no longer needed.

Speakers
avatar for Harry Bader

Harry Bader

Acting Executive Director, US Global Development Lab, USAID
Harry Bader is the Acting Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab, where he oversees the Lab and its operations. Prior to joining the Lab, Bader was a professor of environmental and polar security studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has also worked as... Read More →
avatar for Mark Green

Mark Green

Administrator, USAID
Ambassador Mark Green (ret.) was sworn in as the 18th Administrator in August 2017. Prior to joining USAID, he served as president of the International Republican Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing democracy and human liberty around the world. He has also served as president and chief executive officer of the Initiative for Global Development, a nonprofit organization that engages corporate leaders to reduce poverty through business growth and investment in Africa and senior director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a network of 400 businesses, nongovernmental organizations, policy experts and other leaders supporting development tools in American foreign policy. A recognized leader in the foreign policy and business communities, Green served as the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania from mid-2007 to early 2009. While there, he led a mission of more than 350 Americans and Tanzanians and was ultimately responsible for some of the... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:00am - 9:25am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:00am

9:25am

Evidence and Evaluation in U.S. Foreign Assistance: A Historical Perspective
Over the past decade and a half, a broad consensus has emerged around the need for a focus on results and cost-effectiveness and the use of evidence and evaluation in U.S. foreign assistance. Join this conversation with leading policy figures to learn how this consensus emerged and what we can learn from it moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Huang

Cindy Huang

Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
Cindy Huang is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. She works on issues related to refugees, fragile and conflict-affected states, gender equality, development effectiveness, and strengthening US development policy. Most recently, she co-chaired a study group on forced displacement and development, culminating in... Read More →
avatar for Raj Kumar

Raj Kumar

Founding President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Raj Kumar is the founding president and editor-in-chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. A social entrepreneur and digital media executive, he chaired the Humanitarian Council of the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Clinton Global Init... Read More →
avatar for Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Partner, Kyle House Group
Michael W. Miller joined Kyle House Group in 2014 with more than two decades of senior-level experience in government, private sector consulting, international organizations, non-profits, and academia.  He brings a deep, first-hand understanding of how government policy is made and how it affects... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:25am - 10:10am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:30am

Learning from the Best: The Potential for Machine Learning Innovations in International Development

Machine learning, the branch of artificial intelligence (AI) focused on giving computers the ability to learn from data without explicit programming, is providing millions of customers recommendations on Amazon and automating cars. But how can it be applied to drive better global development outcomes? Can machine learning innovations tackle the world’s toughest development challenges? This panel will feature experts in machine learning, innovators using machine learning in their work, and organizations dedicated to the expansion of digital technology for development. Panelists will discuss the following topics:

  • why machine learning is a relatively nascent innovative tool for development,

  • how machine learning is being used in the field to drive development impact in a variety of sectors,

  • how different organizations are catalyzing innovation in machine learning (and how they can be doing it better),

  • and what challenges still need to be overcome for machine learning to reach its full potential in global development.


Moderators
avatar for Max Richman

Max Richman

Chief Data Scientist/Co-Founder, GeoPoll/Datakind DC Chapter
Max Richman is a data scientist focused on building global data products and data teams. Max works with foundations, governments, non-profits, and companies large and small around the world to help them monitor, evaluate, and communicate needs and impact.  He built a data analysis and mapping team at... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peris Bosire

Peris Bosire

Co-Founder, FarmDrive
Peris is a computer scientist whose life’s work is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa. As a co-founder of FarmDrive, she has helped open the financial services sector up to millions of underserved farmers. Peris has received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions to her community; she is a... Read More →
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Dave Grenell

Co-founder, Rainforest Connection
Dave brings 10 years of environmental policy leadership in creating national models, programs and high-impact pilot projects with an emphasis on technology, crime reduction and environment. Dave leads strategic initiatives that can scale through partnerships, programs, technology... Read More →
avatar for Karlo Valentin Rodriguez

Karlo Valentin Rodriguez

Chief Technical Officer, Grillo
Passionate about technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, creating goods and tools the people could use to make their lives better or improve the ways they make business. I could be considered as a truly geek, I see the technology as a tool to achieve objectives and goals. My pr... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:30am

Paying for Results in Development: Advice for and from Practitioners

In an environment where funders and governments are concerned with achieving more with less, where it's becoming ever more urgent to effectively address the needs of vulnerable communities, Results-Based Financing (RBF) has rapidly emerged as an essential tool to maximize the effectiveness of public funding in international development. In the last decade, we have witnessed RBF gain momentum in a range of sectors (such as health, education, workforce development, or institutional strengthening), with more than $26.9 billion USD disbursed in over 78 low and middle-income countries. We have also witnessed a corresponding recognition of the challenges involved in designing and implementing RBF in a thoughtful manner, that actually unlocks its potential and leads to improved social outcomes. As Owen Barder, from the Center for Global Development, simply put, “for payment by results to work, you have to get a lot of things right.”


In light of the evident transition towards a focus on outcomes in today’s field of international development, it is crucial to ensure that policy-makers, funders, investors, and service providers alike understand how to best apply this cutting-edge mechanism to their specific context and how to adapt and equip themselves with the necessary technical know-how to succeed.

 

This panel will build on the experience of various stakeholders undertaking different roles across the landscape of RBF, including leading service providers, donors, and intermediaries. The panel will offer a deeper look into the practice of RBF, following the journey that these actors took in their transition to a focus on outcomes; from the motivation behind their strategic move, to the challenges encountered and the actions taken to successfully address these.  



Moderators
avatar for William Savedoff

William Savedoff

Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Bill Savedoff is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development where he works on issues of aid effectiveness and health policy. His current research focuses on the use of performance payments in aid programs and problems posed by corruption. At the Center, Savedoff played a leading role in the Evaluation Gap Initiative and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dianne Calvi

Dianne Calvi

CEO, Village Enterprise
Chief Executive Officer Dianne Calvi has over twenty years of international management experience. Prior to joining Village Enterprise, Dianne served as the President of Bring Me A Book Foundation, a literacy nonprofit with international partnerships in Hong Kong, Malawi, Mexico... Read More →
avatar for Terry Gray

Terry Gray

Social Impact Investing Lead, World Vision
Worked in the international development sector for over twenty years. Career has been primarily with NGOs while including short-term consultancy work with multilateral institutions, private sector, universities as well as NGOs. In January 2014 Terry formalized his consulting work... Read More →
avatar for Avnish Gungadurdoss

Avnish Gungadurdoss

Managing Partner / Co-founder, Instiglio
Avnish leads and coordinates Instiglio’s global strategy and RBF Practice, and provides technical direction and support in key projects. He also developed and now steers the Performance Management practice. Avnish formerly worked for MIT's Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), for the World Bank, and as a consultant to a DFID challenge fund. Gungadurdoss holds a MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School, a diploma in performance management for non-profits from Harvard Business School, and a BA in economics and math from Dartmouth College. He was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship and was elected as one of the top "30 under 30" social entrepreneurs globally for his work with Instiglio. He can be reached... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore

Director of Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Ryan Moore is a global development professional with over 10 years of experience in designing, managing, and evaluating projects ranging from education and private sector development to transport infrastructure and agricultural development. He holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:30am

Systematic Reviews 101: Using and Commissioning Systematic Evidence in International Development
Evidence from rigorous studies about what works, for whom and why, in particular contexts, is expanding rapidly. But additional work is needed to verify the claims made in these single studies, extract findings, and draw lessons for policy and practice. Systematic reviews help decision makers by providing an assessment of the evidence base, what findings are generalizable, and what findings are context-specific. Join 3ie: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation - of which USAID has been a member since 2010 - for this session that will introduce participants to the systematic evidence process, asking answerable questions for systematic reviews, and interpreting the evidence they provide. It is aimed at decision makers funding and implementing development programmes and research, including, for example, USAID staff, USAID implementing partners, social entrepreneurs, and those working for development philanthropy bodies.

Speakers
avatar for Hugh Waddington

Hugh Waddington

Senior Evaluation Specialist, 3ie
An economist by training, Hugh works on impact evaluation studies in 3ie’s Evaluation Office. He is also the elected co-chair of the Campbell Collaboration International Development Coordinating Group for systematic reviews, which is based in London.  Before joining 3ie, Hugh served as an Overseas Development Institute fellow at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of the Government of Rwanda, where he helped develop the economic development and poverty reduction strategy and related monitoring and evaluation tools. He has also worked with World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department, the UK National Audit Office, Save the Children UK, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Poverty Research Unit at... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

10:00am

Innovation Marketplace: Stability and Security

The following innovators have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Stage program at Global Innovation Week's Innovation Marketplace. 

Stability and Security innovators present:

  1. RIWI Corp

  2. MOPA: UX – Information Technologies

  3. University of Washington & Emory University

  4. LayerTech Labs

  5. Global Communities

  6. Ushahidi


Thursday September 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Atrium Ballroom

10:10am

A Social Rate of Return Approach to Measuring the Portfolio-level Impact of Social Innovation Funds: A Case Study of the Development Innovation Ventures Program
Many social innovation funders struggle with the same challenge: How do they meaningfully measure their impact as funders? As funders, the theory of change connecting their funding to ultimate development outcomes is intrinsically attenuated due to the nature of a funder’s role, which is to catalyze and support others, such as direct service providers, in driving development impact. Like other such funders, USAID’s tiered, evidence-based innovation fund - Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) - has tested various methodologies for measuring its impact. Since its inception in 2010, it has invested over $105 million in 183 awards to pilot, test, and scale innovations across all sectors in which USAID operates and the majority of countries in which USAID works. How has DIV refined a social rate of return methodology to assess its impact? And, what has been the portfolio-level impact of these investments? Join Michael Kremer - leading Harvard development economist, DIV co-founder, and DIV Scientific Director - to find out.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Kremer

Michael Kremer

Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Department of Economics, Harvard University
Michael Kremer is the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 10:10am - 10:30am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

10:30am

Refreshment Break
Enjoy refreshments by the Innovation Marketplace.

Thursday September 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Amphitheater Foyer

10:45am

Geospatial Technology: A New Perspective on Development Challenges
Geospatial technology has unlocked a wealth of data about our earth and surroundings. From satellite imagery to GPS devices, location-based demographic data, geostatistical analysis and digital mapping, geospatial technology is helping drive the data revolution. This unprecedented access to geospatial information provides insights into where development projects are and where development need is greatest, allowing us to better target resources in the fight against poverty. This session will take a deeper look at how USAID is using geospatial technology to revolutionize the development enterprise. A panel discussion featuring guests from USAID's innovative, geospatial investments will reflect on the past, present, and future impacts of this ever-evolving technology for development.

Moderators
avatar for Carrie Stokes

Carrie Stokes

Chief Geographer & Director, GeoCenter, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Carrie Stokes has worked for over 25 years in international development and the environment. She currently serves as the Chief Geographer of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). She established and now directs the Agency’s GeoCenter, which applies geographic analysis to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Bessenecker

Christopher Bessenecker

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Project Concern International
Over the last 27 years my work has taken me to all regions of the world to address some of the most pressing problems faced by the global poor. My vocation in international development began as a rural Peace Corps volunteer in the northwest Honduras, Central America. Since that time I have worked or consulted for various organizations including UNICEF, International Rescue Committee, and Project Concern International serving in capacities as varied as research investigator, field director and vice-president of programs. In addition to development work, I have led organizational efforts in responding to numerous natural disasters and complex emergencies including the 1994 Rwandan genocide... Read More →
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Jenny Frankel-Reed

Adaptation Team Lead / SERVIR Coordinator, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Office of Global Climate Change, USAID
Jenny Frankel-Reed is a senior climate specialist with USAID’s Climate Change Office. She leads USAID’s Adaptation Team and the SERVIR program, a joint initiative with NASA to help developing countries access and apply science and satellite data to the challenges they face in agriculture, water, disasters, land use, and climate. She also serves as Chair of the Climate Services for Resilient Development Partnership... Read More →
avatar for Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes

Data Scientist, Center for Digital Development, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
I'm fascinated by the intersection between science, technology, data, and design. I love analyzing complicated data, figuring out what they mean, and deciding how to visually communicate the results to others. Trained as a biophysical chemist, I have pursued multidisciplinary res... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Trichler

Rachel Trichler

Senior Research Analyst, AidData
Rachel is a Senior Research Analyst at AidData. Rachel oversees design protocols and analysis for rigorous evaluations using geospatial program and outcome data as part of the Research and Evaluation Unit’s work with bilateral and multilateral organizations and private foundations. Previously, Rachel supported monitoring and evaluation activities for the World... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

11:00am

CANCELLED: Talking Truth about “Sustainability”: The Role of Public-Private Partnership in Solving the Youth Unemployment Crisis in South Africa
THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. To learn more about Harambee's model, please join us at 11am for the Walmart Model session, in which Maryana will now participate.

Today, one out of every two young South Africans are unemployed - the third highest unemployment rate in the world.  Increasing the number of young South Africans from poor households who can compete and access opportunities in the economy is both urgent and essential to inclusive growth, shared prosperity, and social cohesion. Join Maryana Iskander, CEO of the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator (a USAID partner), to share South Africa’s leading workforce development model and her perspective on the importance of public-private partnership, evidence, and innovation in tackling this crisis.

Speakers
avatar for Maryana Iskander

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 the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York, a US$1billion national operation, and I currently sit on the board of directors. I have held positions as an associate at global business consultancy McKinsey... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:20am
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

11:00am

The Walmart Model: Process Improvements to Drive Cost-effective Scale-up of Evidence-based Innovations
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.

Moderators
avatar for Alicia Phillips Mandaville

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 of NGOs in multilateral and bilateral fora and events. Previously, Alicia was the vice president for international and social impact work at Amida Technology Services, a data-technology company focused on resolving complex problems in data access, interoperability, analysis, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Church

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. H... Read More →
avatar for Maryana Iskander

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 the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York, a US$1billion national operation, and I currently sit on the board of directors. I have held positions as an associate at global business consultancy McKinsey... Read More →


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

11:15am

Forecasting, Tracking, and Evaluating Impact: The Global Innovation Fund’s Approach to Practical Impact Analysis
Funders need to make decisions about how to deploy scarce resources to achieve the greatest impact. Yet, most of the time, we don't have good information about the possible benefits or costs of a program at the time of making that decision. In addition, funders are accountable for achieving results from their funding, but typical accountability cycles are often shorter than the time needed to observe impact at scale. Both funders and their partners could use continuous feedback on results to improve outcomes. During this session, the analytics team of the Global Innovation Fund, a private fund USAID helped to establish, will lead an interactive workshop presenting a lean, practical approach to forecasting, tracking, and evaluating impact. This updateable approach helps to direct limited resources to where they could plausibly have the greatest impact, uses a common measure of impact across multiple sectors and meets a demand to report on expected impact before projects have final results.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Chomitz

Ken Chomitz

Chief Analytics Officer, Global Innovation Fund
Ken Chomitz comes to GIF after a distinguished career in research and evaluation at the World Bank. An innovator in applied economics, he has published pioneering work in the economics of climate change, biodiversity, and deforestation, and has worked also in health and labor. As Senior Advisor and member of the leadership team in the World Bank... Read More →
avatar for Michael Eddy

Michael Eddy

Vice President, Analytics, Global Innovation Fund
Michael Eddy is the Vice President of Analytics at GIF, bringing a passion for innovative finance and the use of data and evidence for better decision-making. Prior to joining GIF, he co-founded and built Instiglio, where he designed the first impact bond in a developing country and tied over $300 million to measurable results through results-based financing instruments. Prior to this, he worked for the World Bank... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

11:20am

Enterprise Replication: Accelerating Change in Mexico through Replication of Evidence-based, Private Sector Path to Scale Solutions

An entrepreneur develops a social enterprise that profitably delivers high-quality, low-cost pre-Kindergarten to rural households in India. A technology company develops a monetizable mobile communications platform that delivers high-quality, localized agronomic advice and price information to small holder farmers in Ghana. These businesses might deliver meaningful impacts to their customers in India and Ghana, but why should they be limited to just those countries?

 

While the private sector cannot solve all problems, we often think of the solution to many social challenges is the development of a new technology or business model. Connovo believes that there plenty of good business ideas out there already and the real challenge is how to replicate and adapt the market-validated ideas to the Mexican context. Connovo is the first "impact venture-builder" based in Mexico that “scales what works.”  Join Connovo’s co-founder to learn more about its unique replication methodology that finds successful innovations backed by evidence and assesses, packages, and transforms them into a highly impactful, scalable and profitable ventures specifically designed for the Mexican.

Speakers
avatar for Germán Zubia

Germán Zubia

Co-founder, Connovo
Germán has over 5 years of experience in the private sector and 10 years in the socio economic development field in Mexico, Canada, South America, UK and India working with organizations such as Ashoka, IBM, GDP Global, ProMéxico, Ternium and Vitro. Germán is trained as an Indust... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 11:20am - 11:35am
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

11:30am

Innovation Marketplace: Prosperity

The following innovators have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Stage program at Global Innovation Week's Innovation Marketplace. 

Prosperity innovators present:

  1. Bandhan Konnagar

  2. Ideas42

  3. YouthMappers

  4. Field Ready

  5. Fundación Capital

  6. BRAC


Thursday September 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Atrium Ballroom

11:35am

Improved Flooring as a Health Intervention: How one social enterprise has used and is generating rigorous evidence through its commercial floor sales model

When many people think about how to improve health outcomes in the developing world, many focus on obviously health interventions and/or health systems - immunizations, health workforce capacity, and so. But what about housing improvements, like improved flooring? As highlighted in the Center for Global Development's Millions Saved case studies on cost-effective health interventions, rigorous evidence from Mexico about concrete flooring suggests that such improvements can dramatically improve child health and even make mothers happier. Inspired by this evidence, American social entrepreneur, Gayatri Datar, launched EarthEnable to produce and sell custom-developed earthen floors to the 80% of Rwandans living with dirt floors. The floors - a cheaper alternative to concrete - eliminate unsanitary dirt floors and provide affordable, sanitary flooring that can be washed, cleaned, and used to create a healthy home environment for millions of people. Join Gaya to hear about EarthEnable's business model, how she looked to evidence to inform the venture, and how she is collaborating with Paul Gertler (Berkeley) and other leading researchers to deepen the evidence base on the improved flooring and test different approaches to the business model.

For more information on EarthEnable, visit: www.earthenable.org

For more information on the Center for Global Development's Millions Lived case study on the Mexico program (Piso Firme), visit: http://millionssaved.cgdev.org/case-studies/mexicos-piso-firme-program. You can also attend the talk by Amanda Glassman, COO & Senior Fellow at CGD and co-author of Millions Saved, later today to hear more about cost-effective interventions in global health.

Speakers
avatar for Gayatri Datar

Gayatri Datar

Co-founder & CEO, EarthEnable
Gayatri Datar has worked in international development for her whole career, including at Dalberg and the World Bank, and is passionate about providing the poor with the opportunities and stability needed to generate income for their families. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Gr... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 11:35am - 11:55am
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

12:00pm

The Ultra-Poor Graduation Model: Leveraging Rigorous Evidence and Ongoing Iteration to Scale One of the Most Effective Poverty Alleviation Innovations in Development
Can intensive, time-bound support help households work themselves out of extreme poverty? Is it possible to make sustainable improvements in the economic status of the poor with a relatively short-term intervention? Over the past decade, a body of evidence across multiple regions about different approaches to the Ultra-Poor Graduation Model suggests that the answer is resoundingly yes to both of these questions. Graduation programs offer a holistic set of services designed to help ultra-poor households develop new livelihoods: a productive asset transfer (often livestock), along with training and regular coaching visits, consumption support (such as some form of a cash transfer), and savings services. Results published in Science in 2015 show strong gains for program participants in income and consumption, food security, assets, savings, and mental health, across implementation models and contexts. Join renowned development economist and founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, Dean Karlan, for this talk on the Graduation Model: what we know, what we are still learning, and what development institutions like USAID are doing and can do to support local governments and partners in scaling-up of one of the most cost-effective poverty alleviation innovations in global development.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan

President and Founder, Professor of Economics and Finance, Innovations for Poverty Action, Northwestern University
Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University, and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions to global poverty problems, and working to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. In 2015, he founded ImpactMatters, a nonprofit dedicated to producing impact audits, which assesses whether an organization uses and produces appropriate evidence of impact. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of poverty, typically employing experimental methodologies and behavioral economics insights to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in sustainable income generation for those in poverty, household and entrepreneurial finance, health behavior, and charitable giving. He works on issues for low-income households in both developing countries and the United States. Karlan is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. As a social entrepreneur, he is co-founder of stickK.com, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, through commitment contracts on corporate wellness... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

12:00pm

Lunch
A limited supply of boxed lunches will be available for grab-and-go at the Atrium Ballroom where the Innovation Marketplace is taking place. They are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Vegetarian option is also available. Boxes for formal participants in the Day’s events (speakers, panelists, Evidence Resource Hub booth POCs, etc.) will be set-aside to ensure availability. For attendees who do not get a lunch, the Ronald Reagan Building has extensive grab-and-go lunch options, such as its food court (itcdc.com/dining) and Timgad Cafe (www.timgadcafe.com).

Thursday September 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Atrium Ballroom

12:20pm

Beyond Products: Ecosystem Approaches to Fostering Local Innovation
In a complex and ever-changing world, the conditions that reinforce poverty and inequality are never linked to a single challenge, but rather a web of interconnected challenges. Traditional development approaches do not suffciently enable communities to tackle challenges such as climate change, food insecurity, and lack of economic opportunity at a local level. Tapping into local ingenuity and building a supportive culture of problem-solving is critical to building vibrant, inclusive, and resilient innovation ecosystems that can address these challenges. Good ideas live everywhere — from favelas in Brazil to farming communities across rural Uganda to the bustling streets of Delhi, India. Local innovation ecosystems can be powerful movements to harness local resources; build a shared ethos of collaboration, experimentation, and learning; and create an enabling environment to generate solutions that improve the lives of people living in poverty. But building an inclusive local innovation ecosystem isn’t easy. What the critical ingredients that all innovation ecosystems need? How do we help local innovation ecosystems grow and thrive in developing economies? How we ensure that all people have a voice in the process, and bene

Moderators
avatar for Molly Wenig Rubenstein

Molly Wenig Rubenstein

Innovation Ecosystems, MIT D-Lab
Molly W. Rubenstein is leading the development of new innovation ecosystems strategy and programming at MIT D-Lab. She has spent the last two years creating a co-learning and mentorship network among innovation centers affiliated with the USAID-funded International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) program, based out of MIT D-Lab and Olin College. Located in developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, these innovation centers work to promote the development of innovative, inclusive solutions improving the lives of people living in poverty. Before joining the IDIN team in 2015, Molly spent four years co-managing the rapid growth and development of one of the largest and longest-standing grassroots community makerspaces in the US, an organization called... Read More →

Speakers
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Nathaniel Heller

Executive Vice President, Integrated Strategies, Results for Development
Nathaniel Heller is a leading practitioner and social entrepreneur in the open government and government accountability fields, working for nearly two decades with civil-society and public-sector champions to leverage transparency and citizen engagement as drivers of development outcomes. | As Results for... Read More →
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Kippy Joseph

Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Kippy Joseph joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As Associate Director, Innovation, she designs, implements and manages an integrated approach of grant-making and internal capability-building. The current strategy focuses on creating enabling environments for innovation in development contexts, including support for methods and infrastructure for social innovation. Prior to her current position, Ms. Joseph worked at the United... Read More →
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Kathy Qian

Data Scientist & Innovation Policy Consultant, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank Group
Kathy is a data scientist working with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship group at the World Bank. She leads the analytics effort for the ecosystem mapping project, which includes creating custom survey instruments, architecting open source collection processes, designing database... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 12:20pm - 1:10pm
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

12:40pm

1:00pm

Building Evidence into USAID Program Design: Academia-Donor Partnerships in Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

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.



Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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

1:00pm

Partnering for Evidence-based Innovation with the Private Sector: The Global Innovation Fund

In 2012, USAID had begun to see successes from and generate excitement around its Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program - the Agency’s tiered, evidence-based, open innovation fund. USAID and DFID began discussing ways to enable other donors, like DFID, to take part in this type of model. Two years later, USAID announced the launch of the Global Innovation Fund (GIF), a non-profit innovation fund supported by USAID, DFID, Swedish SIDA, Omidyar Network, and Australian DFAT. GIF’s design was originally inspired by the programmatic approach and experience of DIV at USAID, and USAID served as one of GIF’s founding funders, helping to crowd in other bilateral funders. Nearly three years into the launch of the fund, this panel will feature GIF leadership and supporters reflecting on lessons learned from this partnership model for supporting evidence-based innovation.



Moderators
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Alix Zwane

CEO, Global Innovation Fund
Alix Peterson Zwane is Chief Executive Officer of the Global Innovation Fund. She has 20 years of experience advancing the agenda of evidence-based aid and international development as an investor, a social entrepreneur, and an innovator herself. Alix has worked at the intersection of the evidence and innovation agendas from a diverse set of posts. She was the first employee and Executive Director at Evidence Action, a non-profit that develops service delivery models to scale evidence-based programs. Under... Read More →

Speakers
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Mari Kuraishi

Co-founder & President, GlobalGiving
Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and currently leads the organization. In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy's top 100 Global Thinkers for "crowdsourcing worldsaving." Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank's most innovative projects including the first ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces, and the first series of strategic forums with the World Bank's president and senior management. Mari also designed a range of investment projects in the Russia reform program, including a residential energy efficiency project, structural adjustment loans, and legal reform project. She currently serves as chair of the board... Read More →
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Ben Leo

CEO & Co-founder/Visiting Fellow, Fraym/Center for Global Development
Ben Leo is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and a member of the Center’s Advisory Group. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Copernicus.io, an Africa data analytics firm. Copernicus is a proprietary geospatial platform that provides reliable and representative data on almost any customizable geographic area across the African continent. Until October 2016, Leo served as a CGD senior fellow. His research focused on the rapidly changing development finance environment, with a particular emphasis on private capital flows, infrastructure, and debt dynamics. In addition, he tested a range of new technological methods for collecting high-frequency information about... Read More →
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Kola Masha

Managing Director, Babban Gona
Kola is the Managing Director of Babban Gona. He holds the same position at Doreo Partners, an agriculture focused, African impact investing firm. Prior to founding Doreo and Babban Gona, Kola was the Managing Director and CEO of a major subsidiary in the Notore Group, one of... Read More →
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David McKenzie

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit, World Bank
David McKenzie is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Prior to joining the World Bank, he spent four years as an assistant professor of Economics at Stanford University. His main research is on migration, enterprise development, and methodology for use with developing country data. He has published more than 100 articles in journals such as... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Scaling Evidence-based Innovations in Education with Government Partners

Though enrollment in primary education has seen unprecedented gains over the last decade, learning levels remain low across many developing countries, with many enrolled students lacking basic reading and mathematics skills. The progress made in school enrollment has been countered by new bottlenecks: schools are flooded with first-generation learners, resulting in classrooms with heterogeneous learning levels; teachers are pressured to complete dense curricula and prepare students for high-stake exams, leading them to teach to the top of the class; poorly resourced schools have neither the human nor material resources to support adaptive, student-centered learning. Though in school, large numbers of children are failing to acquire basic skills and falling further and further behind as they are pushed through the education system.


As resource-constrained governments seek scalable solutions to improve the quality of primary education programs, recent research has provided encouraging evidence that relatively low-cost interventions can make substantial impacts on learning outcomes. This panel will feature researchers and innovators, including several that are USAID partners, who are working with governments to understand and incorporate innovative models to improve educational quality and learning outcomes, including regrouping and teaching students by ability, introducing adaptive learning technologies, improving access to information about the value of education, and innovating in service delivery through public-private partnerships.



Moderators
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Marcia Davidson

Principal Literacy Specialist and Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Dr. Davidson recently joined AIR as Principal Literacy Specialist and Researcher in the Policy and Practice division in International Education.  Before coming to AIR, she held the position as the Team Lead for the Reading Team in the E3 Office of Education at USAID. Prior to joining USAID, she was a senior consultant in literacy where she provided support for and contributed to the design on projects funded by USAID and the World Bank in early literacy in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, S.E. Asia, and the South... Read More →

Speakers
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Susannah Hares

International Director, Executive Director, Ark, Ark Education Partnerships Group
Susannah joined Ark in April 2011 from the London School of Economics where she set up and directed the Innovation Co-Creation Lab, work focussing on business model innovation. Prior to this Susannah served for two years as Associate Director, Global Community Partnerships, at Barclays PLC. She started her career in Zimbabwe working for Tsungirirai, an HIV/AIDS organisation and followed this with four years at African health NGO AMREF. She sits on the board of Ark partner STIR Education and acts as advisor to two African development... Read More →
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Chris Neilson

Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Christopher Neilson is an applied microeconomist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research focuses on the study of markets where private firms compete with public providers and there are substantial subsidies and regulation. He studies how the... Read More →
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Laura Poswell

Executive Director, J-PAL Africa
Laura Poswell is the Executive Director for J-PAL Africa at SALDRU at the University of Cape Town. Her role involves working with governments and NGOs in Africa to decipher policy lessons about what works and collaborating with researchers and policy makers to conduct randomized evaluations that address policy questions facing African decision-makers. Laura has an M.BusSc. from the University of Cape Town. Her last role with FUEL Trust involved working in close partnership with South... Read More →
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Sridhar Rajagopalan

Co-Founder, Educational Initiatives
Sridhar Rajagopalan is an educational entrepreneur who has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen in India. He worked in IBM India for two and a half years before co-founding and running Eklavya School in Ahmedabad. Sridhar is a member of various central and state government committees related to education, including the committee for devising model rules for the Right to Education Act in Gujarat. He is a member of... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1:15pm

Poverty Measurement in the Age of Lean Data: An Introduction to the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI)
The Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) is a poverty measurement tool for organizations and businesses with a mission to serve the poor. Whether you are new to the PPI or have used it in the past, come learn about the basics of a tool that has become the global standard for household-level poverty measurement. The PPI team at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) will share exciting news about changes to the development of the tool, and also ways that organizations and businesses are leveraging their PPI data for decision-making.

Speakers
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Varun Kshirsagar

Technical Lead, PPI, Innovations for Poverty Action
Varun Kshirsagar is the technical lead for the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI), a household-level poverty measurement tool. He is leading the PPI scorecard development at IPA, which includes designing a methodology that is based on established statistical learning techniques... Read More →
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Julie Peachey

Director, Progress out of Poverty Index, Innovations for Poverty Action
Julie Peachey serves as a Director at Innovations for Poverty Action where she oversees the Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®), a household-level poverty measurement tool initially developed by Grameen Foundation. Ms. Peachey has more than 20 years' private sector and non-prof... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1:30pm

Innovation Marketplace: Health & WASH

The following innovators have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Stage program at Global Innovation Week's Innovation Marketplace. 

Health and WASH innovators present:

  1. Living Goods

  2. VisionSpring

  3. Evidence Action

  4. EarthEnable

  5. Massachusetts General Hospital

  6. Johns Hopkins University

  7. Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES)

  8. Premise Data

  9. Koe Koe Tech

 


Thursday September 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Atrium Ballroom

2:00pm

Our Conflict Blind Spot: Have we been thinking about the problem the wrong way?
Solutions to violence are driven by how we define the problem. Defining the problem as idle young men leads to employment programs. Defining the problem as greedy warlords leads to deals that give them power or turn a blind eye to corruption. And defining the problem as deep-seated grievances leads to re-education or propaganda programs. What if these are not the fundamental problems that leads to conflict? Then the solutions might not be solutions at all. Game theorists tend to think about all conflict as failed political bargaining. These bargains fail for a small number of reasons, especially bad information and difficulty making a stable commitment not to attack. It turns out, most conflict interventions can be discussed in terms of their effects on bargaining. And the evidence shows that the solutions with the best track record are the ones that solve the basic problems of bargaining. Examples include mediation, peacekeeping, and some but not all kinds of aid. From the village to the country level, once we redefine the problem, we redefine the solutions that make sense and will work.

Speakers
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Chris Blattman

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, University of Chicago
As a faculty member in The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, Christopher Blattman is helping the Institute pursue its global mission by focusing on some of the biggest social challenges in Africa and Latin America: conflict, crime, and state building. Blattman is passionately engaged with such questions as... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

2:15pm

From Evaluation Findings to Impact at Scale: How Researchers and Social Entrepreneurs Are Collaborating to Put Evidence into Action
While the body of rigorous evidence about what works in development has grown substantially over the past two decades, there are many fewer examples of that evidence being iterated on, adapted, and implemented at large scale. Why? In part, because evidence generation and scale-up are very different capabilities, and the messy, often politically, organizationally, operationally complex process of delivering impact at scale is hard. Behind some of the best examples of scale-up of evidence-based innovations are strong collaborations between, on the one hand, researchers committed to impact at scale and, on the other hand, social entrepreneurs committed to grounding their work in rigorous evidence - with often times both working hand-in-hand to support a government or other local partner. Such collaborations are facilitating the growth of many high-impact interventions and have led to substantial improvements in the lives of millions. Such partnerships offer researchers opportune testing grounds for generating early evidence about a new innovation as well as an ongoing partner for testing at scale. Meanwhile, these collaborations provide evidence-based social entrepreneurs new insights about their work, allowing them to iterate on and strengthen their programs, as well as the credibility and validation that can come from opening one’s model to rigorous testing. These partnerships are successfully putting evidence into action, identifying and testing high-impact, pro-poor innovations and co-creating cost-effective programs for massive scale. Join us to hear from two pairs of social entrepreneur / researcher collaborators to hear about the ground-breaking work on which they are collaborating - “No Lean Season” and “Teaching at the Right Level” - and the opportunities and challenges of such partnerships.

Moderators
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Norma Altshuler

Program Officer, Global Development and Population Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Norma Altshuler is a Program Officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She manages a portfolio of grants designed to increase the use of data and evidence to improve public policies in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Norma helped found the Global Innovation Fund, where she also built a grant portfolio supporting evidence-informed innovations in developing countries. Prior to that, as a portfolio manager at... Read More →

Speakers
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Rukmini Banerji

CEO, Pratham Education Foundation
Trained as an economist in India, Dr. Rukmini Banerji completed her BA at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned her PhD at the University of Chicago. Dr. Banerji worked as a program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago for several years before returning to India in 1996 to join Pratham as part of the leadership team. There, she led the... Read More →
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John Floretta

Director, Policy and Communications, J-PAL Global
John Floretta is Director of Policy and Communications for J-PAL. He works with policymakers, J-PAL affiliated researchers, and J-PAL global and regional staff to disseminate lessons from randomized evaluations and promote evidence informed decision-making and scale-ups of successful social programs. | | John was Deputy Director of J-PAL South Asia during 2011-2015 where he helped run... Read More →
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Karen Levy

Director, Global Innovation, Evidence Action
Karen Levy is the Director of Global Innovation at Evidence Action. In this role, she leads the organization’s innovation strategy and oversees “Evidence Action Beta”, the department responsible for testing and building a viable path to scale for promising evidence-based interventions. Previously, Karen served as the Regional Director of Deworm the World, providing technical and strategic support to senior government officials for the design, implementation, and monitoring of scaled school-based deworming programs... Read More →
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Mushfiq Mobarak

Professor of Economics, Yale University
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, a native of Bangladesh, is a Professor of Economics at Yale University with concurrent appointments in the School of Management and in the Department of Economics.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, as co-chair of... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

2:15pm

Improving Ongoing Programmatic Decision-making: Innovations in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning
While standard approaches to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) work well for many development projects, including those at USAID, when specific outputs and outcomes are not as easily identifiable up front, and where change might happen in a non-linear manner, these standard tools can fall short. This is especially true for projects operating in highly complex environments, where the best approach to the development problem is not well recognized, and project managers must adapt the project design over the course of the project. Join us for a discussion on whether and how technological and methodological innovations in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL), can better enable real-time, evidence-informed decision-making. This discussion will feature the conceptual underpinnings for MERL innovations, organizations supporting use of such innovative methods, users of such methods, and how USAID is promoting the use of these innovations in the Agency and development community more broadly.

Moderators
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Joshua Kaufman

Director, Office of Evaluation and Impact Assessment, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Joshua Kaufman serves as the Acting Director of the Center for Agency Integration, and Director of the Office of Evaluation and Impact Assessment in USAID’s Global Development Lab. Prior to joining the Lab, Kaufman served as deputy director of the Agency’s Office of Innovation and Development Alliances. Having joined USAID in 1996, Kaufman worked for many years in the... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Bieber

Director, Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Sarah Bieber is the director of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge at the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID—a multi-donor platform to mobilize private investment in the off-grid energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa. |   | Her career is based on the conviction that innovative technology and business models can deliver solutions that... Read More →
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Neil Buddy Shah

CEO & Founding Partner, IDinsight
Dr. Neil Buddy Shah is the CEO of IDinsight and provides significant evaluation, policy, and management expertise. Buddy has overseen IDinsight engagements in governance, health, sanitation, education and finance across Africa and Asia. He has worked previously at the World Bank&rsquo... Read More →
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Patrick Sommerville

Managing Director, LINC
Patrick Sommerville, Managing Director, is an experienced project manager, leader, and technical innovator in local systems strengthening.Working with hundreds of local organizations in more than fifteen countries for nearly two decades, Mr. Sommerville has developed an intimate... Read More →
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Michael Woolcock

Lead Social Scientist, Lecturer in Public Policy, World Bank, Harvard Kennedy School
Michael Woolcock, Lecturer in Public Policy, is Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank's Development Research Group in Washington, D.C. His current work focuses on interactions between customary and state legal systems, conducted as part of the World Bank's global 'Justice for the Poor' program (which he co-founded), and strategies for assessing complex social interventions. His most recent books... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

2:25pm

Evidence Use Today in U.S. Foreign Assistance - How Do We Measure Up?
To what extent are leading U.S. foreign assistance agencies - USAID and the Millennium Challenge Corporation -  currently using data, evidence, and evaluation to invest American taxpayer dollars in what works? According to Results for America - the organization behind Moneyball for Government and the annual Federal Invest in What Works Index - USAID and MCC are among the most “evidence-forward” agencies in the U.S. federal government. Join Results for America and senior evaluation-focused officials from both agencies to learn about the strides each agency has made over the past five years to strengthen its capabilities, policies, processes, and practices for using data, evidence, and evaluation to drive cost-effective delivery of development impact.

Moderators
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David Medina

Chief Operating Officer & Co-founder, Results for America
David Medina currently serves as the COO and Co-Founder of Results for America. David previously served in the Obama Administration as First Lady Michelle Obama’s deputy chief of staff and as the Peace Corps’ public engagement director. Throughout his career, David has also served as the U.S. Global Leadership... Read More →

Speakers
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Louise Fox

Chief Economist, USAID
Dr. Louise Fox is USAID’s Chief Economist. In this role, she guides the Agency on economics-based decision making and is responsible for keeping USAID’s economists on the cutting edge of ideas in development economics. Before joining USAID, Dr. Fox served as a Visiting Professor of Development Economic Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a consultant in development economics, specializing in employment, labor markets, gender, social service delivery and poverty reduction. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Dr. Fox had a distinguished career at the World Bank where she advised governments in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe on how to develop, implement, and evaluate effective policies for employment, social security and poverty reduction. Her most recent published work has been on the topics of poverty reduction and inclusive growth, the political economy of poverty reduction, and on employment, labor markets, and labor regulation, all with respect to Sub-Saharan Africa. She has also published in the areas of pension reform, reform of child welfare systems, social protection, public expenditures in the social sectors and poverty reduction, female-headed households and child welfare, stabilization policies and poverty reduction, the social costs of adjustment, and the economic history of poverty and inequality in Brazil. Her most recent book is Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, published by the World Bank in 2014. Dr. Fox received a... Read More →
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Tom Kelly

Vice President, Policy & Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation
As Acting Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation, Thomas Kelly is responsible for the strategic direction and technical oversight of MCC’s Economic Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Development Policy, and Threshold Program divisions. Previously, Mr. Kelly was the Managing Director for the Threshold Program, Managing Director for Development Policy and the Senior Director for Economic Policy at MCC. Prior to joining MCC, Mr. Kelly was an economic consultant based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he worked for the World Bank, various United Nations organizations and international NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the former Soviet Union. Before beginning his work as an economic advisor, Mr. Kelly was a Fulbright Scholar in Kenya and a member of the Economics Faculty at Middlebury College. Mr. Kelly has also taught at the Universidad... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

2:25pm

Transitioning from Paper to Digital Data Collection for Non-Techies: An Introduction
Digital data collection platforms enable you to collect richer, higher-quality data than paper-and-pencil methods, often more cheaply. However, many projects in global development continue to use paper-based methods or outsource digital instrument development under the impression that it requires programmers or lots of technical capacity. That is no longer the case! Join this workshop to learn how easy, accessible, and affordable it has become to switch to digital data collection technology, how your project or organization can make the transition without technical experts, and how all types of projects -- whether they are rigorous impact evaluations, routine M&E, process monitoring, or other forms of data collection -- can benefit.

Speakers
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Ruthie Leifer

Special Projects Associate, Dobility (SurveyCTO)
Ruthie assists the Dobility team with managing projects, identifying business opportunities, strengthening customer relationships, and supporting existing users. As the Special Projects Associate, she helps manage day-to-day financial operations, and works to keep the team organi... Read More →
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Christopher Robert

Founder, Dobility (SurveyCTO)
Chris is a technologist, an entrepreneur, an economist, a researcher, and a lecturer. As a technologist and entrepreneur, he founded Dobility, Inc., which produces SurveyCTO, an electronic data collection platform used worldwide by leading researchers and evaluation professional... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

2:30pm

Refreshment Break
Please enjoy a refreshment break by the Innovation Marketplace.

Thursday September 28, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Amphitheater Foyer

3:00pm

Innovation Marketplace: Humanitarian Assistance

The following innovators have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Stage program at Global Innovation Week's Innovation Marketplace. 

Humanitarian Assistance innovators present:

  1. 3D-PAWS

  2. HDX/UNOCHA

  3. Grillo

  4. MANA Nutrition

  5. World Bank's Insurance Program (KLIP)

  6. LMMS

  7. Good Works Studio: Emergency Floor

  8. CITE

  9. HUMANIT-3D

 


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Atrium Ballroom

3:30pm

Nudging Our Way Toward Better Development Outcomes: How the Use of Behavioral Science Innovations Can Drive Cost-Effectiveness

How should policymakers and social enterprises in developing countries account for the fact that people are not hyper-rational, utility-maximizing machines? At the intersection of psychology and economics, behavioral economics studies how individuals actually think and behave, as opposed to how they’re expected to behave in abstract models. The word “innovation” often connotes words like “disruptive” and “game-changing,” which imply that only those ideas that produce highly visible, step-change improvements in outcomes are innovative; yet, the growing field of behavioral economics in development shows that marginal, sometimes even no-cost, changes to policy and program design can significantly influence the behavior and decision-making of the poor and public service providers alike, yielding better outcomes.


This panel will feature thought leaders, practitioners, and researchers who are leveraging support and partnership with the U.S. government to test and scale innovations that rely on more realistic models of human behavior, centered on making public services more cost-effective and user-friendly. Panelists will discuss a range of topics from how to effectively recruit more intrinsically-motivated, higher-performing community health workers in Zambia; how to induce behavior change related to contraceptive use in Burkina Faso; providing incentives to households to boost child vaccination rates in India; the importance of human-centered design in refining products and services; and how “less is more” when training microentrepreneurs in finance and accounting.



Moderators
avatar for Alissa Fishbane

Alissa Fishbane

Managing Director, ideas42
Alissa Fishbane is a Managing Director at ideas42. She has extensive experience converting innovative, evidence-based ideas into practice, having designed, tested and scaled interventions in developing countries and the United States across areas including global health, education, criminal justice and financial inclusion. Before joining ideas42, Alissa was the Managing Director and a founding executive of Deworm the World, which she helped grow from zero to serving 35 million children annually by scaling school deworming programs with government partners. Prior to that, she was the Latin America Director and founding Mexico Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action, where she developed and implemented randomized evaluations reaching over 375,000 low-income families. Alissa was also a Senior Director at City Year, where she led the design and business planning process to create a new secondary school for underserved youth. Alissa serves on two World Economic Forum committees: the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science and the Human-Centric Health Steering Committee. She is also an affiliate for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Annie Duflo

Annie Duflo

Executive Director, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Annie is responsible for leading the strategic directions of IPA, the implementation of its strategic plan and the day to day operations. Previously, Annie served as IPA's Research Director where she managed IPA's research network, staff capacity-building, and new project development. She also played a key role in the scaling up of successful programs with particular focus on education. Annie has a wealth of experience implementing and managing randomized evaluations in the field. Prior to joining IPA, Annie was the Executive Director of the Centre for Microfinance (CMF) at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai, India, which she joined at its creation. Annie holds a Master of Public Administration and International Development degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Master in Social Sciences from EHESS... Read More →
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Elizabeth Fox

Deputy Coordinator Maternal and Child Survival, Global Health Bureau, USAID
Elizabeth Fox is the Deputy Coordinator for Maternal and Child Survival at USAID and a Senior Adviser in Global Health. She supports the Agency goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths in a generation.  | | Dr. Fox has been with USAID for 20 years. Before joining USA... Read More →
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Shobhini Mukerji

Executive Director, J-PAL South Asia at IFMR
Shobhini Mukerji is the Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)’s South Asia regional center, hosted by the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai. Shobhini is based in New Delhi and provides technical, administrative, fi... Read More →
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Joanna Murray

Director of Research, Development Media International (DMI)
Jo’s background is in epidemiology and public health. Before joining DMI, Jo was a researcher based in the Child Health Unit in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, where she also completed her PhD. She worked on various research projects around improving neo... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

3:30pm

Why Not Cash? A Conversation about How Development’s Simplest Idea Came to Be Its Most Proven Intervention
Cash transfers are one of the most widely researched and proven development interventions in use today. Cash has predictable effects on improving people’s consumption and livelihoods in the short term, but it has also been found to have impacts on education, health, entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and nutrition. Part of USAID’s mission statement is to end extreme poverty. Although it is an over-simplification, the “cost” of closing the poverty gap - the distance between what the poor currently make and the threshold for poverty ($1.90/day) - is now less than the total amount of money developed nations currently spend on foreign aid. Join us for a discussion with leading cash transfer practitioners and researchers about the robust evidence base underlying cash transfers and the potential for cash transfers to accelerate the elimination of extreme poverty and alleviate suffering in humanitarian crises.  

Moderators
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Daniel Handel

Senior Advisor on Aid Effectiveness, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Daniel Handel is the Senior Advisor on Aid Effectiveness in USAID’s Global Development Lab.  His primary responsibility is to oversee the Agency’s work on cash benchmarking, an approach to use household grants as a tool for improved cost-effectiveness of USAID programming.  He is an economist and foreign service officer with overseas tours in Nicaragua and Rwanda... Read More →

Speakers
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Chris Blattman

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, University of Chicago
As a faculty member in The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, Christopher Blattman is helping the Institute pursue its global mission by focusing on some of the biggest social challenges in Africa and Latin America: conflict, crime, and state building. Blattman is passionately engaged with such questions as... Read More →
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Ruco Van Der Merwe

Food Security and Markets Advisor, Office of Food for Peace, USAID
Ruco Van Der Merwe is an emergency relief and food security specialist with a track record in designing, managing, evaluating and providing technical support to programming across varied disaster contexts (slow on-set, rapid on-set and complex emergencies). He has proved adept at... Read More →
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Piali Mukhopadhyay

Chief Operating Officer, GiveDirectly
Piali holds a master's degree in public administration from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a bachelor's degree from MIT. She has extensive field experience working with non-governmental organizations in India, Nepal, Thailand... Read More →
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Radha Rajkotia

Director for Economic Recovery and Development, International Rescue Committee
I believe in the power of markets to support people and the power of people to build strong and successful lives for themselves. I lead IRC's economic portfolio to help support people and markets to ensure economic and social impact. I value creativity, questioning and the eterna... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

3:40pm

Decision-Focused Evaluations: A Practical Guide
This workshop will focus on the potential benefits, decisions, and trade-offs inherent in conducting a rigorous program evaluation.  How might a program manager design an evaluation to maximize its value for internal decision-making?  What considerations should the program manager think about with regard to study outcomes, sample size, and methodology?  Join this workshop to learn from case studies of IDinsight's decision-focused evaluations in Africa and Asia.

Speakers
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Harlan Downs-Tepper

Chief of Staff & Measurement Officer, IDinsight
Harlan Downs-Tepper is the Chief of Staff and Measurement Officer at IDinsight, based in the US. Harlan brings experience in governance, education, public health and development projects in India, Africa, and Latin America. Harlan holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies fro... Read More →
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Neil Buddy Shah

CEO & Founding Partner, IDinsight
Dr. Neil Buddy Shah is the CEO of IDinsight and provides significant evaluation, policy, and management expertise. Buddy has overseen IDinsight engagements in governance, health, sanitation, education and finance across Africa and Asia. He has worked previously at the World Bank&rsquo... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:40pm - 4:40pm
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

3:45pm

Millions Saved: Proven Successes and Some Disappointments in Global Health

Many health programs are judged on their intermediate outputs—the number of prenatal care visits or the number of vaccine doses purchased—without a direct assessment of health impact. At the same time, many low- and middle-income countries are seeing rapid improvement in other drivers of health, such as girls’ education, urbanization, and economic growth. To make sure that our investments are making a difference for health, rigorous impact evaluation is key. Why so important? Because if we knew that health would have improved even without a health intervention, the money could have been better spent elsewhere. Join Amanda Glassman, a leading expert on evidence in the health sector, who will discuss her work on Millions Saved -- gathering and analyzing 22 large-scale programs with rigorous evaluations to learn more about what works, and how evaluations have helped to grow the scale of programs and their impact.

 

Despite the real progress that has been made in the world of impact evaluation, many needed types of data are unavailable. For instance, cost-effectiveness is important to many donors and policymakers who want to know if the health gained is worth the cost of the program—and scarce health dollars. Yet few studies reported empirical estimates of cost-effectiveness; the Millions Saved team had to derive the other estimates from modelling and secondary sources. And some categories of intervention—for example, those against non-communicable diseases—remain woefully under-evaluated.



Speakers
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Amanda Glassman

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Amanda Glassman is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and also serves as secretary of the board. Her research focuses on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health, as well as data for development. Prior to her current position, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016, and has more than 25 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world. Prior to joining CGD, Glassman was principal technical lead for health at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led policy dialogue with member countries, designed the results-based grant... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:45pm - 4:10pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

4:00pm

Innovation Marketplace: Cutting Edge

The following innovators have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Stage program at Global Innovation Week's Innovation Marketplace. 

Cutting Edge innovators present:

  1. FarmDrive

  2. APOPO

  3. PeaceTech Labs

  4. Rana Labs

  5. Wings for Aid Foundation

  6. GlobalMedic

  7. We Care Solar

 


Thursday September 28, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Atrium Ballroom

4:10pm

When Do Innovation and Evidence Change Lives?
Hundreds of millions of people across the developing world have benefited from evidence-based innovation. However, the link between research, on the one hand, and policy change and concrete impact for the lives of the poor, on the other hand, is complex and rarely follows a linear path. Over the last decade, we have learned a lot about how research and innovation are and are not incorporated into policy and practice. Join Rachel Glennerster, a leading development economist and Executive Director of J-PAL, to hear lessons learned for moving from effective research to action from J-PAL’s nearly two decades of examples across sectors, including innovation scale-ups enabled by U.S. foreign assistance.

Speakers
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Rachel Glennerster

Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rachel Glennerster is Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research includes randomized evaluations of education, health, microfinance, community driven development, agriculture, women's empowerment and governance in Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. She serves as Scientific Director for J-PAL Africa and Co-Chair of J-PAL's Education Sector. She helped establish Deworm the World which now deworms over 150 million children a year. Previously she worked at Her Majesty's Treasury and the International Monetary Fund. She is coauthor... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 4:10pm - 4:30pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

4:30pm

Closing Remarks
Speakers
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Ruth Levine

Program Director, Global Development and Population, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Ruth Levine is the Program Director of Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Ruth is an internationally recognized development economist and expert in global health, education and evaluation. Since 2011, she has led the foundation’s team responsible for grantmaking to improve living conditions in low- and middle-income countries, and to advance reproductive health and rights in developing countries and in the United States. Previously, Ruth was a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In that role, she led the development of the... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 4:30pm - 4:50pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

5:00pm

Innovation to Action: Recognizing Leaders in Innovation

From identifying a problem to be solved, sourcing the innovation globally and locally, and providing the seed funding to the actual application of the innovation in a real-world context to the thing we care about most—RESULTS—this special session is intended to recognize excellence at each point in the innovation continuum. Innovation is “a voracious appetite for excellence.” This session celebrates:

  • Excellence in Vision

  • Excellence in Partnership

  • Excellence in Culture/Leadership

  • Excellence in Execution and Operations

Join us in recognizing the work being done around the world to maximize human potential and ensure that all people around the world are able to capitalize on their own possibilities. Maximized potential ultimately results in the ability to minimize AID.

This session will demonstrate how innovation is a hand-up not a hand out.


Thursday September 28, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

6:30pm

Reception
Thursday September 28, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
 
Friday, September 29
 

8:00am

Registration/Check-In
Friday September 29, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

8:30am

Where Defense and Development Meet
This interagency-focused discussion is intended to generate discussion and action within the development community to “mind the gaps” in development support to traditional and non-traditional interagency partners in preventing or combating violent extremism. We hope to spark ongoing research and dialogue that will look for innovative practices, products or methodologies that contribute to US National Security goals and objectives through a development lens. In this “Ted Talks” style panel, we would like to highlight previous successes, current opportunities and a brief over-the-horizon look at refining development efforts in multi-agency CVE/NPE activities.

Moderators
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Dr. Jay Singh

Director, Office of Development Cooperation, Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID
Dr. Singh is a career Foreign Service Officer and was most recently the Acting Director of USAID's Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives. Prior to that, he was Acting USAID Mission Director in Mali. Mr. Singh also completed recent tours in Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Director of the Democracy Office and lead for Countering Violent Extremism and in Tokyo, Japan as the USAID Senior Development Counselor, where he oversaw global cooperation and coordination between the U.S. and Japan. Jay previously served as the Senior Development Advisor to the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Mr. Singh holds a doctorate degree from the University of Washington, Seattle and... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Carter Malkasian

Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Carter Malkasian is the special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford. He has extensive experience working in conflict zones and has published several books. The highlight of his work in conflict zones was nearly two years in Garmser district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a State Department political officer. Before that, Dr Malkasian deployed as a civilian advisor with the Marines twice to Iraq, for a total of 18 months, mostly in Al Anbar in 2004 and 2006. Other field assignments have been to Honduras, Kuwait (OIF-1), Kunar... Read More →
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Dr. Mark Moyar

Director, Program on Military and Diplomatic History, CSIS
Dr. Mark Moyar is the Director of the Program on Military and Diplomatic History at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The author of six books and dozens of articles, he has worked in and out of government on national security affairs, international development, foreign aid, and capacity building. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Cambridge. Dr... Read More →
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Claire Russo

Senior Advisor on Defense, Development Alternatives, Incorporated (DAI)
Claire Russo is a Senior Advisor on Defense with DAI Global LLC to expand their Department of Defense portfolio.  She is the co founder of Stability Horizon LLC, a company dedicated to the coordination of US foreign policy assets in critical regions. Russo consults with a variety of clients, enabling coordination across agencies and the private sector. | Claire started her career as an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:00am

Innovation Marketplace: Agriculture

The following innovators have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Stage program at Global Innovation Week's Innovation Marketplace. 

Agriculture innovators present:

  1. One Acre Fund

  2. myAgro

  3. HarvestPlus

  4. aQysta

  5. Green Heat

  6. Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies

  7. Central University of Technology

  8. Evaptainers

 


Friday September 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Atrium Ballroom

9:00am

Digital Identity for Inclusive Development
There may be no single factor that affects a person’s ability to share in the gains of global development -- to receive services and be represented -- as much as having an official identity. Identity is tied to voting rights, financial inclusion, land ownership, education, and can even help protect against human trafficking or child marriage. Yet the complex forces behind identity systems are often overlooked or misunderstood, leading to inefficiencies and missed opportunities for inclusive and sustainable ID systems. With emerging digital technologies, the ID landscape is poised to become even more complex. Through an interactive workshop, participants will unpack vulnerabilities and incentives that may drive users and institutions to participate in or avoid ID systems. Together we’ll critically assess the different benefits and risks of ID interventions across sectors.

Speakers
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Shailee Adinolfi

Vice President, Acct. Mgmt. and Marketing, BanQu Inc.
Shailee is a development professional with over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of finance, technology, and global development. In her work with FHI360 and Chemonics, Shailee held a variety of leadership roles in projects related to mobile banking, financial in... Read More →
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Vyjayanti Desai

Program Manager, Identification for Development (ID4D), World Bank Group
Vyjayanti Desai is the Program Manager for Identification for Development (ID4D), a multi-sectoral initiative of the World Bank Group. Vyjayanti is focused on scaling up and operationalizing the ID4D initiative and collaborating with key external partners. Prior to joining the ID... Read More →
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Catherine (Katie) Highet

Technical Advisor, Digital Financial Services, FHI 360
Catherine Highet is a technical advisor with FHI 360’s mSTAR project, working to expand awareness and create solutions around digital identity for the world’s poor. For more than seven years, Highet has worked in information communications technology for development initiatives f... Read More →
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Niall McCann

Lead Electoral Advisor, United Nations Development Programme
Niall McCann provides programming and advisory support to UNDP Country Offices engaged in providing electoral assistance. A number of those countries have requested support from UNDP in the rollout of either biometric voter registration systems, or national identity schemes, to w... Read More →
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Emrys Shoemacher

Caribou Digital, Researcher and Strategist
Emrys Schoemaker is a researcher and strategist with a background in international development programming. Emrys’ research interests are on the use of social media in resource constrained environments, and the social implications of their use. Emrys is currently writing up a PhD thesis at the London School of Economics in International Development that looks at the relationship between mobile social media use and identity, specifically religious and gender identity in Pakistan. He is particularly interested in how technology design and affordances interact with cultural norms and values to generate new social practices. Emrys has over a decade of experience in communications for international development programming as the Director for Innovation and Technology at iMedia Associates, a development communications consultancy, and as a consultant to institutions including the British... Read More →
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Matt Wilson

Senior Insights Manager, GSMA Mobile for Development
As the M4D Digital Identity Senior Insights Manager, Matt Wilson is responsible for providing the program and its stakeholders with intelligence and analysis on the opportunities within the Digital Identity sector, with a focus on emerging use cases, business models and social im... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:00am

Reaching Deep in Low-income Markets: Enterprises achieving impact, sustainability, and scale at the base of the pyramid
Over the past 10-15 years, entrepreneurs, impact investors, incubators and accelerators, foundations, development banks, major donors, and even some large-scale corporations have been working hard to reach those living at the base of the pyramid (BOP) by building, investing in, and supporting for-profit businesses that reach poor customers. Unlike traditional development projects that often rely heavily on government or philanthropic grant funding, for-profit enterprises can both sustain themselves and grow over time as long as the product offered elicits sufficient demand and revenues from its buyers. That said, there are going to be limits to whom for-profits can reach. At some point, a potential customer will simply not have enough money to buy the good or service. This begs the question of how deeply down into the BOP for-profit enterprises can reach while still achieving profitability, financial sustainability, and scale? A consortium of leading experts in the impact investing and social enterprise space will share findings from new research, being shared for the first time, on 20 enterprises operating at the BOP, finding that they, in fact, are able to reach quite deeply and teasing out the conditions that have enabled some to reach deeper than others. The findings suggest that donor organizations and impact investors can effectively use for-profit organizations to deliver needed goods and services to the very poor, and can do so at scale and in a long-term sustainable way. Join several experts who led the research as well as two of the USAID-supported businesses to learn more.

Moderators
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Allie Burns

Managing Director, Village Capital
Allie serves as the Managing Director at Village Capital, bringing more than 16 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and innovators at the intersection of tech and social change. She previously served as a senior executive at Revolution and the Case Foundation, the venture capital firm and private family foundation created by former AOL executives Jean and Steve Case, where she led the organizations' communications and marketing teams. She also held positions at Discovery, AOL and Atlas Venture among... Read More →

Speakers
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Kurt Dassel

Managing Director, Monitor Deloitte
Kurt Dassel is a managing director in Monitor Deloitte where he leads the economic development, competitiveness, and inclusive business practice. With a focus on emerging market economies, Kurt has led development projects in numerous regions across Africa, the Middle East, and A... Read More →
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Chris Jurgens

Director, Omidyar Network
As a director at Omidyar Network, Chris works with the Impact Investing team to advance the industry through field-building efforts, thought leadership initiatives, and investments. He’s particularly focused on driving innovations to increase the flow of “frontier capital” to early stage enterprises in emerging markets. Prior to joining Omidyar, Chris was director of global partnerships at... Read More →
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Sundeep Kapila

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Swasth India
Sundeep Kapila is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Swasth India, a network of self-sustainable primary health centers in Mumbai’s slums working to reduce the financial burden imposed by healthcare, improve utilization rate of healthcare services, and improve health outcomes for the base of the pyramid in India. Prior to founding Swasth, Sundeep founded a startup and worked with the India practice of McKinsey... Read More →
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Katherine Owens

Business Development Manager, M-KOPA Labs
Katherine Owens joins M-KOPA Solar after earning her MBA at London Business School, where she specialized in how technology could solve development needs in emerging markets. Prior to M-KOPA, she led marketing communications strategies for Environmental Defense Fund’s Clean Energ... Read More →
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Peter Scott

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BURN Manufacturing
Peter Scott is the Founder of BURN Design Lab and the Founder/CEO of BURN Manufacturing Co. Peter created BURN to design and manufacture high quality clean burning cookstoves in order to save lives and forests in the developing world. BURN is now one of the world's leading biomass cookstove design and manufacturing companies. BURN is the first cookstove company to receive investment from either Acumen Fund, OPIC or... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:00am

CLOSED EVENT: Strengthening Impact Investing in Global Health
NOTE: THIS WILL BE A PRIVATE EVENT With official development assistance flat-lining, new sources of funding will need to be identified to help make up the difference. Impact investing offers the opportunity to mobilize new and additional resources for global health and help improve outcomes by enabling health related innovations and social enterprises to grow and scale. However, the ecosystem for health focused social enterprises (HSEs) is not fully developed and that is making it difficult for many promising HSEs to access the appropriate capital and support they need to achieve maximum impact. This roundtable event brings together key players and stakeholders who are active in impact investing and global health, and begin a dialogue around how to work together to develop a supportive ecosystem that is necessary to allow HSEs to grow and scale, with an emphasis on creating an effective financial value chain to aid in their growth.

Moderators
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Priya Sharma

Senior Policy and Innovative Financing Advisor, Global Health Bureau, USAID

Friday September 29, 2017 9:00am - 1:00pm
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:15am

Using Agriculture to Address Rising Insecurity and Youth Unemployment in Nigeria: A Spotlight on Babban Gona
Babban Gona is focused on creating jobs for young people in Nigeria to counter extremism and instability. In this lightning talk, the organization's founder will share insights from the program and how development and economic growth can counter violent extremism.

Speakers
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Kola Masha

Managing Director, Babban Gona
Kola is the Managing Director of Babban Gona. He holds the same position at Doreo Partners, an agriculture focused, African impact investing firm. Prior to founding Doreo and Babban Gona, Kola was the Managing Director and CEO of a major subsidiary in the Notore Group, one of... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:15am - 9:25am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:25am

Applying Science, Technology, and Innovation to Development Challenges: A Vision for the Future
A ten year veteran leader of the Grand Challenges Movement and former DARPA alum will share why open innovation matters and his vision for what the future of innovation might bring.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Buchsbaum

Steven Buchsbaum

Deputy Director, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Gates Foundation
Steven Buchsbaum, deputy director, Discovery & Translational Sciences leads the team’s efforts to expand the Grand Challenges family of grant programs and associated partnerships to enhance their impact. Prior to joining the foundation in 2005, he served as the Founding Director of the Office of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Defense in the Homeland Security Advance Research Projects Agency of the Department of Homeland Security. He has also held positions as a program manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and in the U.S. State Department as the Science and Technology Officer for South Asia. Prior to federal service, he held positions at the Marine Physical Laboratory of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography; the Institute for Nonlinear Science at University of California, San Diego; the University of California, Santa Cruz; the Center for Material Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory; the Science Applications International Corporation; Bermuda Associates; and Draper Laboratory. Dr. Buchsbaum received a Ph.D. in Physics and a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:25am - 9:40am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:40am

Digital Development - Building the Infrastructure of the 21st Century
Digital economies can create new economic opportunities that help lift people out of poverty. However, for these marketplaces to be truly broad-based and promote widespread economic participation, they require a foundation of digital infrastructure, such as inexpensive mobile phones and affordable broadband coverage, national identification systems, and interoperable payment systems that reach the last-mile. This digital infrastructure can also serve as a platform for innovative business models that deliver new services to untapped consumer markets in ways never before possible. Both the private sector and development organizations such as USAID have an important role to play in the development of this digital infrastructure. This session will highlight different ways in which both government leadership and private sector investment in digital infrastructure is helping to unleash a wave of innovation that drives economic growth and is harnessed to tackle some of the world’s most intractable development challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Priya Vora

Priya Vora

Senior Advisor for Technology, USAID
Priya Vora founded the Center for Digital Development within the US Global Development Lab for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Priya leads the agency’s efforts to leverage digital technologies and data analysis systems to dramatically enhance the agency's development outcomes. Prior to USAID, she served as Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she helped to launch a $1 billion Global Development Program. Priya led the team responsible for the... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:40am - 9:50am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

9:50am

Closing the the Gender Digital Divide for Women's Economic Empowerment
Over 1.7 billion women in low and middle-income countries do not own mobile phones, cutting them off from economic opportunities and community services. This statistic underlies the reality that women the world over are 14 percent less likely to own a mobile phone as compared to men. Even if a woman does own a mobile phone, she is far less likely to make full use of its potential. Yet closing the digital gender divide can be be an incredible catalyst for empowering women and girls around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Bekkering

Michelle Bekkering

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID
Michelle Bekkering joined the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment in July 2017 as a Deputy Assistant Administrator.  In this capacity, she oversees the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment portfolio for the Agency.  USAID advances gender equality and women’s empowerment by using a cross-sectoral perspective and technical leadership to guide the... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:50am - 10:00am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

10:00am

Refreshment Break
Enjoy refreshments by the Innovation Marketplace.

Friday September 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Amphitheater Foyer

10:00am

Innovation Marketplace: Education

The following innovators have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Stage program at Global Innovation Week's Innovation Marketplace. 

Education innovators present:

  1. Teaching at the Right Level

  2. Learning Equality

  3. Resources for the Bling

  4. Little Thinking Minds

  5. Pixatel

  6. TredEd

  7. BRCK

  8. Ark EPG

  9. SIL-LEAD: Bloom

 


Friday September 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Atrium Ballroom

10:20am

Building Innovation Culture: Development Organizations on the Rise
As development organizations evolve to respond to the shifting nature of international development in the 21st century, a culture of innovation becomes critical. Organizations that promote creativity, agility, risk-taking and new forms of collaboration will be best poised to respond to the changing context of development and to scale innovative solutions. During this panel, leaders of development organizations from the Donor and partner community will share their experiences and lessons in encouraging a robust culture of innovation and enabling their staff to function as “intrapreneurs”, and their organizations to effectively respond to the change context of development practice. They will discuss what mindset, capacities and skills are increasingly needed by development professionals, the role of leadership, what tactics have been successful in fostering innovation, collaboration and adaptive learning in their organization, how they overcome challenges associated with organizational change and the future of role of innovation in the development industry.

Moderators
avatar for Sara Farley

Sara Farley

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Global Knowledge Initiative
Sara co-founded and built GKI from a concept to an organization serving more than 60 countries and one that The Rockefeller Foundation designated as one of the "Top 100 Social Innovations for the next century".  Collaborative Innovation is her calling card, cultivating more than 1000 strategic partners globally, hailing from universities, private sector, government, civil society, and other sectors. She conducts trainings, network optimization programs (e.g., formulating/ sustaining problem-solving networks), and Collaborative Innovation strategy setting (with partners including the World Bank, East African Community, African Development Bank... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Kumpf

Benjamin Kumpf

Innovation Specialist, UNDP
Benjamin Kumpf leads the Innovation Facility of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. Benjamin manages UNDP’s Innovation Fund, a pooled funding vehicle created to support and scale innovations that address challenges related to poverty, governance, climate change and gender equality across the globe. Benjamin advises internal and external clients on social innovation with a focus on behavioral... Read More →
avatar for Seema Patel

Seema Patel

Chief of Innovative Design, USAID
Seema Patel is the Chief of Innovation Design in the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID.  For the past decade, she has been leading efforts to advance the Agency and it partners’ results by fostering a culture and capacity for innovation​ in the development industry, strategic leadership and a deep understanding of how to design and implement collaborative and adaptive approaches for social impact across diverse set of global challenges. She pioneered... Read More →
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Mark Viso

CEO, PACT
Mark Viso is building on Pact's past to shape a future for the organization centered on locally designed solutions, partnerships and measurable impact. Under Mark’s leadership, Pact has established itself as a preferred partner for national aid agencies and corporations and embraced an integrated approach to development... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 10:20am - 11:05am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

10:30am

Private Event, by Invitation Only: Designing a Mobile Clinical Diagnostic Lab for Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Response
Private Event, by Invitation Only:
In many regions of the developing world clinical diagnostic solutions are limited to large laboratory systems where samples are collected in the field, transported back to the laboratory for analysis, and results recorded on paper. The time lag between testing and diagnosis can be weeks if not months. The Ebola and Zika outbreaks have shown the need to equip health care workers with clinical diagnostic tools to rapidly and reliably detect infections and take quick actions to prevent the spread of disease. The concept of a mobile clinical diagnostic lab or “lab-in-a-pack” has been suggested by experts to enable health care workers to quickly deploy a platform that would collect and analyze samples as well as enable immediate actions to be taken. In situations where health care workers are in remote locations -- with limited power and connectivity, a mobile lab can support the health workers to operate efficiently and with confidence while either treating patients during an outbreak or identifying suspected individuals early on during surveillance. This co-design session hopes to further the development of the mobile diagnostic lab concept by deepening the breadth and depth of thinking around the opportunities and barriers.

Speakers
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Robert Fabricant

Partner & Co-Founder, Dalberg Design Impact Group
Robert Fabricant is Co-Founder and Principal of Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG), where he brings human-centered design and innovation services to clients looking for new, creative approaches to breakthrough innovation and expanded collaborations in the field of social impact and international development. | | Robert joined Dalberg from a long career at the forefront of Human Centered Design (HCD). Most recently he was Vice President of Creative for frog design where he developed... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 10:30am - 5:00pm
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

11:00am

Innovation Marketplace: Energy

The following innovators have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Stage program at Global Innovation Week's Innovation Marketplace. 

Energy innovators present:

  1. Burn

  2. Fenix

  3. Vitalite

  4. D.light

  5. Solar Sister

  6. Greenlight Planet

  7. Sparkmeter

  8. UVG

 


Friday September 29, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium Ballroom

11:05am

Design to Impact: Developing Human Centered Strategies for Sustainability
Great ideas alone can’t change the world. We also need strategies for getting those ideas to scale and sustainability, so they can have great impact – especially in complex sectors like healthcare. Human centered design has been used successfully for innovative product development, and it can similarly be used to build sustainability strategies. Hear how Shift Labs and their DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor used human centered design to create a tool for Ebola responders and then leverage that same technology to help improve maternal care in Haiti and military field medicine for US soldiers. Tapping into broader markets has helped them build a sustainable future and demonstrate how design can drive strategies for impact.

Speakers
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Beth Kolko

Co-Founder and CEO, Shift Labs
Beth Kolko is the co-founder and CEO of Shift Labs, a for-profit company building low-cost medical devices for emerging markets leveraging global innovation networks. She is a Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington where she co-directs t... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 11:05am - 11:15am
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

11:15am

Innovations in Agriculture: Scaling Solutions for Smallholder Farmers
The rural and fragmented nature of the agriculture sector makes it difficult to launch successful initiatives that can reach and support end-users - smallholder farmers. Tailoring new technologies, products, and service delivery models to solve the array of challenges across a dynamically changing agricultural landscape can be especially daunting in hard-to-reach areas. But there are a number of relatively new organizations that are demonstrating early success. How are leaders within the sector scaling their products and services to reach smallholder farmers? Can such activities be financially sustainable for an organization?

Moderators
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Christopher Burns

Director, Center for Digital Development, USAID
Christopher Burns is the Director for the Center for Digital Development within the U.S Global Development Lab at USAID.  In this capacity, he leads a number of technical teams focused on Digital Financial Services, Development Informatics, Digital Inclusion and Geospatial Visualization, and the role they play in driving an inclusive digital economy... Read More →

Speakers
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Aesclinn Donohue

Partnerships Manager, myAgro
myAgro offers a mobile layaway platform to enable smallholder farmers in Mali and Senegal to save for seed and fertilizer purchases during the planting season, when they have the greatest need for cash. Just as farmers go to their village shop to buy scratch cards for pre-paid phone minutes, they can now buy myAgro cards and layaway $1 to $50 to purchase seed and fertilizer during the planting season. myAgro then purchases high-quality seed and fertilizer in bulk and, at planting time, delivers them to farmers along with technical training. | | Aesclinn... Read More →
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Brian Lysaught

Director of International Business Development, Store It Cold
Store It Cold is the manufacturer of the CoolBot™, a patented device that enables its users to create affordable cold storage solutions using standard home air conditioners. The CoolBot attaches to a standard air conditioner to regulate and control the temperature of an insulated... Read More →
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Jenna Rogers Rafferty

Director of Strategic Alliances, KickStart International
KickStart International designs, promotes and mass-markets irrigation tools that small-scale farmers buy and use to start highly profitable family enterprises. KickStart has partnered with Encap Technologies to provide motors for affordable, solar-powered irrigation pumps and with Angaza Designs to incorporate a... Read More →
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Liisa Smits

Founder, Managing Director, Ignitia
Ignitia has developed a highly accurate weather model to help small-scale farmers in West Africa manage their daily activities, predict water availability and improve yields. Working in partnership with major telecommunications firms, Ignitia sends daily, customized weather forecasts to... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 11:15am - 12:05pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

12:00pm

Lunch
A limited supply of boxed lunches will be available for grab-and-go at the Amphitheater Foyer. They are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Vegetarian option is also available. Boxes for formal participants in the Day’s events (speakers, panelists, etc.) will be set-aside to ensure availability. For attendees who do not get a lunch, the Ronald Reagan Building has extensive grab-and-go lunch options, such as its food court (itcdc.com/dining) and Timgad Cafe (www.timgadcafe.com).

Friday September 29, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Amphitheater Foyer

12:45pm

Overcoming Barriers to Scale: Lessons from Successful Businesses and Organizations
Innovators across sectors and regions face common challenges in their efforts to grow and scale both their businesses/organizations and their impacts. Access to capital, challenges with talent acquisition, legal and regulatory issues, lack of experience entering new markets, product and service quality control, challenges with funders or other partnerships, and many others prevent promising innovators from growing more quickly and having the long-term development impacts that we all seek. The paths towards scale are different and yet the barriers are often very similar. How do you find the working capital needed to grow? How do you know if your business or organization is ready to expand? How do you decide where to go next? Is it possible to take the risks needed to accelerate growth while still prioritizing stability? With so many competing priorities and trade offs needed, how have successful businesses and organizations done it? This panel will address key issues areas facing innovators in their efforts to scale by looking at the experiences of several successful players in the development space, including different approaches and within different sectors. How have they overcome the barriers to scale that they faced in their paths towards scale?

Moderators
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Cathy Clark

Professor, Director, Duke Fuqua School of Business, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship
Cathy Clark has been an active pioneer, researchers, educator, and consultant for over 25 years in the fields of impact investing and social entrepreneurship. She founded and directs the Fuqua Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship i3 Initiative on Impact Investing and co-leads the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke, an accelerator working to scale impact of global health ventures in India and East Africa. A former impact investment fund manager and private foundation program officer, who taught at Columbia Business School for 9 years before coming to Duke... Read More →

Speakers
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Rukmini Banerji

CEO, Pratham Education Foundation
Trained as an economist in India, Dr. Rukmini Banerji completed her BA at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned her PhD at the University of Chicago. Dr. Banerji worked as a program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago for several years before returning to India in 1996 to join Pratham as part of the leadership team. There, she led the... Read More →
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Tony Kalm

President, One Acre Fund
Tony Kalm was the inaugural leader of One Acre Fund in the U.S. from late 2009, and now serves as its President. For his work with the organization, he was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation at the World Economic Forum. Previously, Tony was deputy head... Read More →
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Paul Needham

Cofounder and Chairman, Simpa Networks
Paul Needham co-founded Simpa Networks, Inc. in 2010 with the bold mission to make clean energy simple, affordable and accessible to everyone. He currently serves as its Chairman. Mr. Needham is a seasoned Infotech entrepreneur, having started and led several companies and managed successful... Read More →
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Claire Reid

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Reel Gardening
Claire Reid founded Reel Gardening, a patented biodegradable paper tape that encases organic fertilizer and seeds at the correct depth and distance apart, as a 16 year old to solve the problems she encountered when starting her own vegetable garden. As an inventor turned entrepreneur, Claire began research and development for her company in 2008 and opened Reel... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 12:45pm - 1:25pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1:00pm

Providing Safe, Sustainable Drinking Water at Large Scale: What We’ve Learned on Decentralized Solutions

Safe Water Enterprises (SWEs, sometimes known as water kiosks) offer an innovative, decentralized approach to delivering safe, affordable water to the poor in urban, peri-urban and rural settings.  Entrepreneurs, impact investors and governments have developed a range of SWE models over the last 15 years to deliver high quality, treated water services in an operationally and financially sustainable way.

This session will draw on the findings from a new, in-depth study of 14 SWEs and the broader SWE sector to demonstrate the critical role they can play in achieving SDG 6. SWEs can provide safe water for at least 1 billion of the estimated 4.4 billion people who do not consume safe water daily because of unimproved sources and/or inadequate treatment.  Comprehensive analysis from this study offers insights into what needs to be done to scale up the reach and impact of SWEs in order to realize this potential.

The session will start with a quick overview of the main findings from the study followed by a panel discussion with representatives from three SWEs operating in four different countries (Cambodia, Ghana, Haiti, and India).  The panel will share their views on the key challenges facing SWEs to achieve greater scale, efficiency and effectiveness. The audience will be encouraged to participate in this discussion by asking questions and sharing their own experience with SWEs.


Speakers
avatar for Louis Boorstin

Louis Boorstin

Managing Director, Osprey Foundation
Louis leads the foundation’s programs on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and cookstoves.  In addition to managing a portfolio of grants and impact investments, Louis works to advance these sectors through wide-scale systems change. From 2005-2013, Louis founded and led the WASH program at... Read More →
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Jim Chu

CEO, Untapped
Jim founded DloHaiti in 2013 in partnership with the IFC (World Bank Group).  He has been an active entrepreneur and investor since 1994 and has been involved in humanitarian aid and development since 2004.  Jim has been actively working in Haiti since early 2010 when he came to Haiti as a volunteer in response to the... Read More →
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Virginie deMaupeou

Partnerships Manager, 1001fontaines
After ten years in foreign countries (Indonesia, United States...) and a Master in Business Management (Toulouse Business School), Virginia specialised in philanthropy. After a first experience in fundraising consulting, she decided to join the university of Sciences Po Paris, then took charge of the management of... Read More →
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Gillian Winkler

Manager, Safe Water Network
Gillian Winkler manages business development at Safe Water Network, identifying partners and donors whose values and interests align with the organization’s mission of providing sustainable access to safe water to the poor, and building those relationships into mutually beneficia... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1:00pm

An Introduction to Blockchain
The UNDP's Alternative Financing Team and the AidTech team will lead a dynamic, half-day workshop on Blockchain. It will provide an overview of what blockchain means for the humanitarian and development space, and discuss real-world applications like remittances, welfare, and digital identification. Participants will then work together to discuss and develop rapid prototypes for Blockchain’s use in case in four categories: government, asset titles, medical tracking, and identity. All are welcome to this participatory session, from complete novices who have never heard of Blockchain before, to experienced pros with experience in Blockchain's financial and other applications.

Speakers
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Rob Baker

Blockchain Fellow, New America
Rob Baker is currently a fellow in the Future of Property Rights Initiative at New America, researching emerging business applications for blockchain. Prior to this position, he was a Lead Technologist and appointee in USAID’s Global Development Lab, worked in the World Bank Inno... Read More →
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Niall Dennehy

Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer, AID:Tech
Niall is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of AID:Tech. AID:Tech’s mission is to bring social and financial inclusion to the world’s undocumented and under served populations using digital identity based on blockchain technology. AID:Tech were the first company in the world to deliver humanitarian aid using blockchain technology in a completely transparent manner. Prior to his work in AID:Tech, Niall founded a number of other companies and help senior technology positions in organisations like HP, Ericsson, LG... Read More →
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Elizabeth Disco-Shearer

St Vincent de Paul
Elizabeth Disco-Shearer is the CEO of Disaster Services for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of United States in the Washington, DC Metro area.  She oversees the disaster recovery efforts of eight regions of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Currently she is managing SVDP’s disaster relief and recovery efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, in addition to 31 other disasters across the... Read More →
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Nick Gogerty

Lyyke, Solar Coin
Nick Gogerty is a financial and technology expert who invented the Solarcoin global solar energy reward system based on low carbon blockchain technology. Solarcoin is now distributed in 41 countries, is fully convertible into major world currencies and trades 24/7. IN 2017 he won the... Read More →
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Rob Henning

Director, Chemonics International
Rob is a frontier market strategy consultant, entrepreneur, and investor. Over the past 20 years he has worked at all levels of emerging economies from the grassroots to C-level executives and Cabinet level officials to help accelerate innovation and economic growth to create wealth for the Base of the Pyramid. He is particularly passionate launching ventures based on big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and blockchain to achieve the SDGs. Among other roles at Chemonics, Rob is leading the... Read More →
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Scott Kessler

Director of Business Development, LO3 Energy
Scott Kessler is currently the Director of Business Development for LO3 Energy in Brooklyn NY. He previously lived in San Francisco and worked for TRC Energy Services as a consultant, primarily focused on working with PG&E, SMUD, and other west coast utilities to implement energy... Read More →
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Joshua Leland

Director, Blockchain for Development (B4D) Solutions Lab, Chemonics International, Inc.
Josh leads the Blockchain for Development Solutions Lab at Chemonics International, a leading international development consulting firm. Launched in 2016, the Lab partners seeks to design, build, test, and scale blockchain solutions to reduce poverty, strengthen supply chain management, and improve foreign aid effectiveness. A seasoned development practitioner with experience working in Africa, Europe and Eurasia, and Asia, Mr. Leland also leads the... Read More →
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Marina Petrovic

Co-Founder, UNDP AltFinLab
Marina is super excited when talking about innovation and connecting different dots from more creative and interdisciplinary perspective. Her main focus are alternative financing models, mostly blockchain, crowdfunding and investment crowdfunding projects that can assist in addressing economic, societal and environmental facets of community growth. She is one of the... Read More →
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Silvana Rodriguez

Partnerships Advisor, Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
A U.S. diplomat with the State Department since 2006, Silvana Rodriguez is the Partnerships Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, where she focuses on public-private partnerships that promote diplomacy and development.  Silvana recently returned to Washington D.C. following a year at Princeton University as a John L. Weinberg Fellow focusing on public policy... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Continental Room C Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1:25pm

Beyond the Big Idea - Navigating Pathways to Scale
“Scaling” conjures images of disruptive technologies, transformative marketing, and explosive organizational growth. Think Google, Apple, McDonald’s, Uber, Airbnb. But in international development and humanitarian relief, bringing solutions to scale is rarely as straightforward as growing an organization, developing a new business model, or kick-starting a trend. Scaling often involves governments and other third-parties. Important “innovations” often rise or fall on the strength of changes in policies, incentives, funding flows and intermediation. The list of stakeholders able to facilitate or impede progress goes far beyond buyers and sellers, and the delivery of goods and services often involves a wide range of providers. All of these are realities that the back stories behind innovations like the green revolution, oral rehydration, bed nets, and mobile money make painfully clear. For these and other reasons, technological innovations and pilot projects aimed at widespread improvement of economic, social and health outcomes often bake in, with the best of intentions, elements that undermine scalability and neglect broken links in the value chain. Based on experience in helping to scale more than 200 development interventions, this presentation will explore issues including: How do you design projects with scale in mind? How do donors ensure that their investments in innovation help to crowd in rather than crowd out non-state actors? What are the most promising pathways to scaling pro-poor development outcomes? How do official donors, host governments, social investors and private entrepreneurs each best leverage their comparative advantage and established relationships in scaling for the public good?

Speakers
avatar for Larry Cooley

Larry Cooley

Founder and President Emeritus, Management Systems International
Larry Cooley is Founder and President Emeritus of Management Systems International, an 800-personinternational development consulting firm headquartered in Arlington, VA and acquired by Tetra Tech in2015. He a founder and curator of the global community of practice on scaling development outcomesand directed a 12-year effort to develop and apply systematic approaches for scaling up innovation. Heserves as Advisor to the MacArthur... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:25pm - 1:35pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1:35pm

Closing the Financing Gap: Supporting Thriving Enterprises in Emerging Markets
As an energy entrepreneur, how do you tap into different types of funding? What are the emerging technologies that could help you achieve scale? What are the roles of public and private sector in helping the base of the pyramid gain access to modern, clean, affordable energy? How can we bring in new players beyond impact investors and the usual suspects? What types of capital do entrepreneurs need and what are the best ways to deploy it? This panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and development experts will debate these questions and many others as they share their insights on having an impact at scale.

Moderators
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Sarah Bieber

Director, Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Sarah Bieber is the director of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge at the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID—a multi-donor platform to mobilize private investment in the off-grid energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa. |   | Her career is based on the conviction that innovative technology and business models can deliver solutions that... Read More →

Speakers
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Lauren Cochran

Director of Private Investments, Blue Haven Initiative
Lauren makes debt and equity investments with the dual expectation of best-in-class financial returns and maximum positive social and environmental impact. As part of this work she spends more time in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else, sitting on the boards of several of Blue... Read More →
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Maureen Harrington

Head of Client Coverage for Power & Infrastructure, North America, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank
Maureen Harrington is the Head, Client Coverage for Power and Infrastructure, North America at Standard New York where she is responsible for building Standard Bank’s relationships with US and Canadian companies involved in power and infrastructure in Africa. Ms. Harrington also develops solutions for governments, international organizations and other development partners. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Harrington served in a number of leadership roles with the US Government including Vice President for Policy and International Relations and Managing Director for Africa Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Earlier, she led the Massachusetts Trade Office and held a variety of positions with the International Republican... Read More →
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Andy Herscowitz

Coordinator of Power Africa, USAID
Prior to this appointment, he served as USAID's mission director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as deputy mission director in Peru from 2009 to 2011. In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s supervisory regional legal adviser for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. From 2002 to 2007, he was regional legal adviser for the Caribbean, providing services to Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica. After joining USAID in 2001, Herscowitz served as the lawyer for... Read More →
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Jenn Pryce

CEO & President, Calvert Foundation
Jenn Pryce is President and CEO of Calvert Foundation. Having worked at Calvert Foundation for nearly a decade, Jenn has shaped the strategic direction of the organization to lead on rising trends such as investing with a gender lens and making impact investing more accessible to... Read More →
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Anish Thakkar

Co-Founder, Greenlight Planet
Greenlight Planet makes low cost solar-powered energy devices for the 1.5 billion off-grid villagers who use dirty, dangerous kerosene lanterns for light at night.  In eight years, the organization has brought safe solar lighting to 7 million off-grid families in 50 countries and adds 6,000 new homes each day... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:35pm - 2:25pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

2:25pm

A Million Lives or More
We end the day with an incredible opportunity to hear the advice and insight of the 10 Million Lives club inductees, their words of wisdom and their insights about what it takes to impact millions of lives.

Moderators
AB

Alexis Bonnell

Division Chief Applied Innovation and Acceleration, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

Speakers
SC

Shivi Chandra

Learning Equality
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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. H... Read More →
DH

David Hong

One Acre Fund
AP

Ana Pantelic

Fundación Capital
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Peter Scott

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BURN Manufacturing
Peter Scott is the Founder of BURN Design Lab and the Founder/CEO of BURN Manufacturing Co. Peter created BURN to design and manufacture high quality clean burning cookstoves in order to save lives and forests in the developing world. BURN is now one of the world's leading biomass cookstove design and manufacturing companies. BURN is the first cookstove company to receive investment from either Acumen Fund, OPIC or... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 2:25pm - 3:00pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

3:00pm

Agriculture Innovator Pitch Session
Innovation has immense potential to increase crop yields, reduce hunger, and improve livelihoods for farmers. In this rapid-fire pitch session, innovators focused on agriculture will pitch their products to investors and partners. Join in to learn about some of the most exciting innovators in the agriculture space and to ask questions about their products.

Innovators who will be pitching during this session include:

  • aQysta (Hydro-powered irrigation pumps)
  • Central University of Technology (Drought prediction tool)
  • Evaptainers (Low-cost mobile refrigerators powered by water)
  • Green Heat (Anaerobic Digestion and Slurry Separation)
  • Ignitia (Hyper-local weather information)
  • PCI SAPARM / AfriScout (Satellite technology helping pastoralists find pasture and water)
  • Hello Tractor (On-demand tractor sharing for smallholders)
  • And more!

Moderators
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Ku McMahan

Team Lead, Securing Water for Food, USAID
For the last eight years, Dr. McMahan has studied household drinking water testing and treatment as a mechanism to improve household drinking water quality and reduce diarrheal disease. In addition, he has developed a simple, low-cost water quality test for developing countries and emergency situations, including Vietnam, Peru, Laos... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center