From 17 to 19 February 2020, the University of Arizona and the World Bank co-organized a development economics conference, Empowering the Poor: Reducing Vulnerability, Enhancing Livelihoods at the University of Arizona, Tucson, United States of America.
This conference brought together a group of development practitioners from regional governments in Asia and Africa, World Bank, academia and other international development institutions who are at the forefront of development, implementation and study of one specific type of anti-poverty development programme: the Rural Livelihoods Program.
The three-day conference was dedicated to in-depth discussions on a selected number of livelihoods programmes in Asia and Africa. It highlighted what has been achieved so far, what lessons have been learned, and what the implications are for programming the implementation of similar programs in other countries.
The Deputy Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), Fabrizio Felloni, participated in the conference, presenting IFAD’s evaluation approaches and discussing relevant issues arising in the field of monitoring and evaluation.