On April 25, 2017, IPA Myanmar Senior Research Associate Areum Han presented at a masterclass on agribusiness research. The masterclass was organized by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and co-facilitated by Helvetas Vietnam, and was attended by Burmese professionals in the agribusiness sector. Ms. Han presented a brief introduction of RCTs and impact evaluation, and provided an overview of IPA’s multiple projects on Women’s Economic Empowerment through Financial Inclusion.
This event brought together all NGOs that are implementing cash transfers in Myanmar to share experiences of implementing pilot-scale cash transfer programs. The event was attended by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Resettlement, which will start piloting maternal cash transfer program in the Chin State of Myanmar. Research Associate Thein Zaw Oo presented the baseline findings of the maternal cash transfer study in the Dry Zone of Myanmar.
IPA Myanmar presented its current studies at the Myanmar Monitoring and Evaluation Association. Research Associates T Nang Pan and Fabrizio Santoro presented our study on the impact of a maternal health app, and Senior Research Associate Nicholus Tint Zaw presented our study on cash transfers for pregnant women. The event was well-attended by both Myanmar and international staff working in research, and there was a lively Q&A after each session.
IPA Myanmar Country Representative Jihae Hong participated in a panel discussion (titled The Application of Quantitative Impact Evaluations to Support Decision Making in Private Sector Development Programming and Policy) at the University of Sydney on Monday, October 17, 2016. The panel discussion was part of a one-day Development Policy Workshop on "The Role of the Private Sector in Economic Development: Evidence, Policy and Practice," hosted by the University of Sydney's School of Economics.