April 25th Symposium on Climate Change and Development Reply

On Thursday, April 25th, CEGA will host its fourth annual research symposium, Evidence to Action: Promoting Global Development in a Changing Climate, together with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the Energy Institute at Haas.

This year’s program will explore the critical nexus of economic development and climate change. The challenges are complex: global temperature changes can exacerbate food insecurity and human conflict, undermining economic growth in less developed countries. At the same time, poverty reduction is rapidly increasing the demand for energy, which promises to accelerate carbon emissions and environmental pollution. How do we address the tensions between climate, environment, and global development?

There is too little evidence regarding the various policy and technological solutions to climate change. Our affiliates are working to change that. Presentations will highlight a series of experiments revealing what works in terms of climate change adaptation and mitigation, what doesn’t work, and why. Rigorous impact evaluations like these are bolstering the knowledge base and – as we will see on April 25th – generating evidence that is transforming public policy.

Tackling climate change in low-income countries is not a job for academics, policymakers, or the private sector alone. Rather, a synergistic approach is needed to understand the issues and address the challenges facing individuals, communities, industries, and governments. This year’s symposium will build a foundation for future research and policy action in this area.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Please share your thoughts on the event by commenting on this post. Register here!!


Evidence to Action (E2A) is CEGA’s annual research symposium. Every year, E2A highlights a pressing issue related to global poverty, and showcases the potential of rigorous research to inform better policy-making in developing countries. Past E2A’s include the Road from Conflict to Recovery (2012), the Returns to Investment in Girls (2011), and Global Health and Education (2010)

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