Odisha Govt. Signs MoU with J-PAL

The Odisha Govt. has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), South Asia to engage in a strategic evidence-based approach to policy making in order to maximize impact on anti-poverty programmes of the State across a wide range of sectors.

Odisha Government is the first state in the country to have entered into a strategic partnership with J-PAL after its founder Abhijit Banerjee and co-founder Esther Duflo bagged the Nobel Prize for Economics earlier this year for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.

Key Highlights of the MoU

  • The MoU was signed by the Development Commissioner on behalf og the Odisha Govt. and Executive Director of J-PAL, South Asia.
  • J-PAL, South Asia will provide the Odisha Government with technical assistance under this partnership for scaling up evidence-backed programmes to improve development outcomes in the State.
  • The partnership is aimed at bringing development in the lives of people through research-based intervention policy formulation.
  • The pact signed is corresponding in size with the 5T Programme of the State Government. It is the State Chief Minister’s ambitious plan regarding the Government officials to ‘Make Odisha Efficient’ Team work, technology, transparency, transformation and time limit will be the five factors on which performance of government officials and projects will be judged.
  • The partnership establishes an overarching collaboration between J-Pal and the Odisha Govt. under which J-Pal will work with several departments including Labour, Education, Health and Women and Child Development to conduct policy relevant randomized evaluations of the new anti-poverty and developments programmes.
  • As per the pact, both the partners will jointly conduct an annual policy dialogue to identify the Government’s top policy priorities. Conduct discussions to share evidence and jointly come up with innovative solutions that can be field tested through rigorous randomized evaluations.

About J-PAL

  • The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.
  • J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty, and builds partnerships with governments, NGOs, donors, and others to generate new research, share knowledge, and scale up effective programs. As of 2018, more than 400 million people have been reached by scale-ups of programs found to be effective by J-PAL affiliates’ research.
  • It was founded in 2003 as the “Poverty Action Lab” by professors Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan. The Lab was renamed in honor of Sheikh Abdul Latif Jameel when his son, MIT alumnus Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, supported it with three major endowments in 2005.

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