The effectiveness of digital financial services in humanitarian interventions: results of an adaptive randomized trial in Ethiopia

The effectiveness of digital financial services in humanitarian interventions: results of an adaptive randomized trial in Ethiopia

Date: 7 December 2022

Time: 12.30 – 14.00 GMT

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The SHARPE programme, working in the Somali and Gambella regions of Ethiopia, is using a market systems approach to improve livelihoods among refugees and host country nationals, and to improve the integration of refugees into the broader local economy. We will present results from our impact evaluation, which focused on the financial market system, and on the take-up and  effectiveness of digital financial services among refugees, host populations, and women.  First, we will describe the theory of change, and where we identified constraints to tackle using randomized trials. Second, we will report on the co-designed trials and their results, and third, we will describe progress towards the overall goals of the SHARPE programme.

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Alan de Brauw

Alan de Brauw

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Alan de Brauw is a Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis, and prior to joining IFPRI he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Williams College. At IFPRI, he has worked in the leadership of two CGIAR research programs and has managed several multi-country projects. Much of his research involves primary source data collection, and he has helped design, plan and conduct multi-topic household surveys in 15 different countries in the developing world. His research agenda has focused on understanding both the impacts of agricultural interventions and the effects of migration on source households in rural areas of developing countries. His research is published widely in development economics, agricultural economics, and nutrition journals including the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Development Economics, World Bank Economic Review, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the British Journal of Nutrition, and the Journal of Nutrition, and last year he co-authored a book on smallholders and agricultural value chains in Africa with Erwin Bulte of Wageningen University and Research.

Jo (Jyoti) Puri

Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD), IFAD

Getachew Amente

Getachew Amente

DAI/SHARPE

With over 18 years of progressive experience in the academia and private sectors, Getachew is a development professional enthusiastic about inclusive development finance, market systems development, humanitarian actions, aid politics, policy analysis and economic development. Getachew is passionate about gender equality & social inclusion, poverty reduction, food security, economic and political resilience. He is amply experienced in leadership, development research undertakings and intervention design and management. He is a certified trainer and coach on IFC/World Bank’s Agribusiness Leadership Programs and Market Systems Development. Currently, Getachew leads Access to Finance and Business Development Services function of SHARPE (an FCDO funded Market Systems Development Program) which promotes increased refugee self-reliance and generating economic opportunities for host communities through catalytic investment in Jigjiga, Dollo Ado and Gambella regional markets in Ethiopia. He responsible for the line management of Jigjiga and Dollo Ado offices that are at front line to manage SHARPE interventions. Getachew has also worked as private sector development specialist (Senior Market Analyst and Senior Business Advisor) in the same program with the role of conducting market assessment, mapping viable local businesses and strategic partnership development, and linking them with big companies (importers and financial services providers) to expand supply chains to peripheral regions. Managing partner and stakeholder relationships is integral part of his role.

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