Prof Evans Osabuohien was excited to receive an invitation by the Development Impact West Africa (DIWA), to be among the 35 participants selected to be part of Impact Evaluation Training and Matchmaking Workshop that held from 27th to 31stat the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in Accra, Ghana.
The workshop was organised with the support of a collaboration between the Centre for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab – Africa (J-PAL Africa). In order to assist the governments of West African countries in using reliable and transparent data to guide policy decisions, Development Impact West Africa (DIWA) was founded in 2019. The Hewlett Foundation funds DIWA, which is run by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in collaboration with the Centre for Effective Global Action (CEGA).
During the session, we had a training and match-making session that gave West African researchers an opportunity to build capacity that will birth rigorous evidence to support policy decisions. Also, we built networks between researchers and policymakers and created a platform where evidence of demand and supply met at a confluence.
The peak of Prof Evans Osabuohien’s participation at the workshop was his lunch meeting with The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Africa representatives (Clare Hofmeyr and Yanang Silas-Bossan). The lunch meeting led to an interview session with the J-PAL team, where Prof. Evans Osabuohien elaborated on his ongoing J-PAL-funded proposal development project. The project titled ‘Assessing the Effect of Digital and Flexible Payment Options on the Uptake of Health Insurance by the Nigerian Informal Sector’ focuses on using randomised control trials (RCT) to evaluate the impact of digital and flexible payment options on insurance uptake. He also shared his winning secrets as an accomplished researcher in the interview. The highlight of the interview is Online.