Timeline of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
This is a timeline of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.
|Time period||Expansion summary|
|2003||The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab is founded.|
|2007||J-PAL South Asia is established|
|2008||J-PAL Europe is established.|
|2009||J-PAL Latin America is established.|
|2011||J-PAL Africa is established.|
|2013||J-PAL North America is established.|
|Year||Month and date||Event type||Details||Location|
|2003||June||Creation||The Poverty Action Lab is founded by Professors Abhijit Banerjee –an Indian economist, Esther Duflo –a French American economist, and Sendhil Mullainathan –an Indian American Professor of Economics at Harvard University. as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.||United States|
|2004||Staff||Rachel Glennerster joins Poverty Action Lab as executive director.|
|2005||Partnership||Poverty Action Lab formally partners with Community Jameel, an organization established in 2003 to continue the Jameel family's tradition of supporting social and economic sustainability. The Lab is renamed Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in honor of Abdul Latif Jameel when his son, MIT alumnus Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, supports it with three major endowments.|
|2006||Support||J-PAL receives core support from several organizations: the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Nike Foundation, Russ Siegelman, and the Doug B. Marshall Jr. Foundation.|
|2007||Expansion||J-PAL South Asia is established with at Institute for Financial Management and Research in Chennai, India. The new branch is supported by the Mulago Foundation.||India (Chennai)|
|2007||Partnership||J-PAL partners with non-profit Young Global Leaders, with the purpose of launching a scale-up initiative, Deworm the World, at the World Economic Forum in Davos.|
|2008||Expansion||J-PAL Europe is launched at the Paris School of Economics. The branch claims an effort to promote the use of randomized evaluations in rich countries.||France (Paris)|
|2008||Recognition||J-PAL receives BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Development Cooperation.|
|2009||January||Esther Duflo becomes the youngest woman ever to give lectures at the exalted Collège de France, in Paris, drawing international media attention.||France (Paris)|
|2009||Expansion||J-PAL Latin America and Caribbean (Santiago, Chile) is established with the Pontifícia Universidad Católica.||Chile (Santiago)|
|2009||Recognition||Abhijit Banerjee receives inaugural Infosys Prize in Social Sciences and Economics.|
|2010||Review||A Business Week story, "The Pragmatic Rebels," terms J-PAL's approach that of "a new breed of skeptical empiricists committed to assiduous testing and tangible results".|
|2010||Award||Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan are named among Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.|
|2010||Conference||J-PAL hosts a conference with the Government of Bihar, to share evidence on school-based deworming and other promising programs. Following these discussions, the Government of Bihar, with support from Deworm the World, would launch a state-wide deworming campaign in 2011, reaching 17 million children.||India|
|2010||Recognition||Esther Duflo receives John Bates Clark Medal.|
|2010||October||Recognition||Erica Field receives Elaine Bennett Research Prize.|
|2010||Staff||J-PAL creates a Board of Directors to provide overall strategic guidance and help expand activities in research, capacity building, and policy outreach.|
|2011||January||Expansion||J-PAL Africa (Cape Town, South Africa) is established at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.||South Africa (Capetown)|
|2011||Organization||The Regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) is established at J-PAL South Asia, with support from the World Bank, with the purpose to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation capacity of governments and civil societies.|
|2011||Program||J-PAL assembles the Compass Commission, a group of international and local academics, with the purpose of identifying major social policy challenges in Chile and proposing innovative programs and their evaluations to the Government.||Chile|
|2011||Recognition||Poor Economics chosen as Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.|
|2011||Partnership||J-PAL begins long-term partnership with India’s National Academy of Administration, with aims at conducting evidence workshops and trainings on impact evaluations for senior civil servants of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).||India|
|2011||Management||J-PAL organizes its research in seven sectors: Agriculture, Education, Environment and Energy, Finance and Microfinance, Health, Labor Markets, and Political Economy and Governance.|
|2011||Program||J-PAL's The Governance Initiative (GI) and the Urban Services Initiative (USI) are launched with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the United Kingdom Department for International Development; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation respectively. Governance Initiative funds randomized evaluations of interventions designed to improve participation in the political and policy process, reduce corruption and leakages, and improve state capacity. Urban Services Initiative (USI) seeks to identify and rigorously evaluate innovative methods designed to improve the welfare of the urban poor in Africa and Asia.|
|2012||Organization||The Quipu Commission is assembled by J-PAL LAC and its partners Enterprise Solutions to Poverty (SEP), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), and the Ministry of Social Development and Inclusion of Peru (MIDIS), to generate evidence that the Peruvian government can use to design and implement better social policies. The Quipu Commission seeks to generate innovative proposals and empirical evidence that the Peruvian government can use to answer key policy questions and design and implement better public policies.||Peru|
|2012||Staff||Ben Olken joins J-PAL as its fouth director.|
|2013||February||Recognition||Time Magazine names MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Professor Esther Duflo, director of MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab among the 100 most influential people in the world 2011.|
|2013||Partnership||The Government of Rwanda partners with J-PAL, in order to increase the use of rigorous research in policy making.||Rwanda|
|2013||Expansion||J-PAL North America (Cambridge, Massachusetts) is established with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It leverages scholarship from more than 130 affiliated professors from over 40 universities, and a full-time staff of about 30 researchers, policy experts, and administrative professionals, to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why.||United States (Cambridge, Massachusetts)|
|2013||Expansion||J-PAL Southeast Asia is established at the Institute for Economic and Social Research at the University of Indonesia, with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government. The event is inaugurated by the President of Indonesia Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.||Indonesia|
|2014||April||Education||J-PAL’s 101x: Evaluating Social Programs, launches for the first time as a massive open online course (MOOC), and receives an overwhelming response with 12,000 people enrolling and 1,000 receiving certificates of completion. Offered as an MITx MOOC on the edX platform, the course is modeled after J-PAL’s 5-day Executive Education course.|
|2014||Recognition||J-PAL, Abhijit Banerjee, and Esther Duflo awarded The Social Science Research Council's Albert O. Hirschman Prize|
|2016||February||Partnership||J-PAL LAC and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) officially launch their new collaboration, which according to Alejandro Hernández, the Provost of ITAM, will “help boost great research projects for Mexico and the region.” Through this partnership, ITAM is expected to host J-PAL LAC staff, support evaluations by J-PAL affiliated researchers in Mexico, and collaborate with J-PAL LAC on policy outreach.||Mexico|
|2017||May||Organization||The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) begins working towards its mission of sparking a global renaissance in education through the collaboration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Community Jameel, a social enterprise organization of which the chairman is Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ‘78, a MIT alumnus and MIT Corporation life member, with strong ties to the MIT community.|
|2017||Funding||J-PAL launches three research funds to facilitate new randomized evaluations: the Cash Transfers for Child Health Initiative, based at J-PAL South Asia; the Skills for Youth Program, based at J-PAL Latin America & the Caribbean; and the Crime and Violence Initiative.|
|2017||April||Agreement||The State Government of Punjab, India and J-PAL South Asia at the Institute for Financial Management and Research sign a Memorandum of Understanding to support the government in taking an evidence-informed approach to its poverty alleviation efforts.||India|
|2017||April||Expansion||J-PAL announces plan to increase its work and presence in the Middle East and North Africa. This includes supporting the development of policy-driven research, the results of which could inform policymaking in the Middle East and other regions facing similar challenges around the world.||Middle East, North Africa|
|2018||March||J-PAL Europe technical advisor starts working at the ministry’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to support development and implementation of the program Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL), an educational approach to help primary school students who have fallen behind to catch up by targeting instruction to their current learning level.||Côte d'Ivoire|
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