Islamic Development and Jameel Community prepare to integrate evidence-based policy labs with governments

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Community Jameel and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) have announced their readiness to join forces in a comprehensive co-operation program to integrate evidence-based policy labs with governments.

This partnership between the three parties to integrate evidence-based policy labs with governments aims to support countries in achieving their development goals by enabling them to benefit from the evidence-based approach in designing their social development programs. based on scientific data and evidence derived from rigor. impact assessments that allow for a greater understanding of the needs of the most vulnerable groups and the design of policies and programs that have the most impact on society.

Through this collaboration, the Islamic Development Bank, Community Jameel and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab aim to launch pilot projects in selected member countries in order to enable ISDB member countries to improve their capacity to assess interventions and policies. , especially in the areas of social protection, and to strengthen employment, in addition to other programs to promote human capital development.

This announcement came on the sidelines of an event organized in the framework of the annual meetings of the Islamic Development Bank Group 2022, organized by Sharm El-Sheikh in the Arab Republic of Egypt. The event, entitled “The Future of Evidence-Based Policies and Practices: A Road to the Future,” was co-organized by the Islamic Development Bank, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the Egyptian Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, and the Jameel Community.

These successful evidence-based policy-making models were previously piloted in Indonesia and Egypt, among other countries, where government-led partnerships with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Laboratory strengthened programs and policies in line with government development. The event also highlighted how government-led partnerships work with researchers, how they can be designed, and how they can help create rigorous research to guide policy-making.

Her Excellency Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development of the Arab Republic of Egypt, said: “The most important thing that distinguishes effective policies from less effective ones is the use of evidence. Working to promote a culture of evidence-based is of particular importance to developing countries because of the potential of these policies “Has the potential to save lives, reduce poverty and improve development performance. “In this sense, high quality evidence must be at the heart of policy development and implementation.” “

On his part, His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Development Bank, said: “I would like to emphasize on this occasion that the Islamic Development Bank is ready to join forces with the Jameel Community, Poverty Action Laboratory Abdul Latif Jameel and other partners to develop a comprehensive program of cooperation between countries.

Hassan Jameel, Vice President of Community Jameel, said: “Science is at the heart of our work at Community Jameel and our first step in designing interdisciplinary approaches to transform the way we adapt to human challenges. “Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty in Evidence – Informed policy design has proven to be able to address these challenges and support policymakers in adapting to specific contexts. Sustainable change in social programs across the South Global countries.”

Iqbal Dhaliwal, Global CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Laboratory, said: “Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Laboratory is excited about the promising future of this collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank and the Jameel Community, which we see complement our tireless efforts, led by our regional offices in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia with national governments to develop test laboratories, and we are deepening these partnerships through this pilot with the Islamic Development Bank and the Community. “Jameel, and we intend to replicate the model with other governments to demonstrate together how these laboratories can be effective in alleviating poverty through evidence.”

In March 2022, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Laboratory in the Middle East and North Africa (J-PAL MENA) and the Egyptian Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MPED) signed a memorandum of understanding that resulted in the launch of the Egyptian Impact Lab, a close cooperation between the two parties aimed at increasing the effectiveness of poverty reduction policies, poverty reduction in Egypt by rigorously evaluating the government’s promising and innovative programs and using the findings to inform and guide critical decisions. The lab also seeks to build a culture of evidence-based decision-making across government by building the capacity of partners to use evidence in program design and implementation and the use of administrative data to facilitate evidence generation.

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