Evidence for Development: South Asia, 6-7 September, 2021, Online

An opportunity for mutual sharing and learning from each other!

Introduction and overview

Promoting conversations on the use of high-quality evidence is vital to ensuring that policy is driven by evidence and reasoning, and research is translated into action. ‘Evidence for development: South Asia’ seeks to bring together researchers, scholars, policymakers, civil society, and others from South Asia to discuss and debate ‘what works’, ‘why’, for ‘whom’ and at ‘what cost’ in the development sector. The conference focuses on improving our understanding of how evidence can support policies for transformation in the South Asian region and the need for forging partnerships with governments for evidence-informed decision making. This includes considering how the scientific community responds to the need for knowledge and how to implement evidence-based policies. Discussion on the latest innovations in research, practical concerns, and challenges faced in the field remains central to the theme of the conference.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend keynote addresses from national and regional experts and contribute to panel discussions.

Program at glance


Speakers details



This event precedes the annual global event What Works Global Summit 2021: Evidence for Development, being held 18-26 October 2021. The Evidence for Development, South Asia being held at the regional level aims to provide an opportunity for South Asian researchers and practitioners to present their work, receive constructive feedback from peer reviewers, hear from experts in the region, build new collaborations for projects and engage with academic and research community from across South Asia.

About the conference

A conference is an all-online event from 6-7 September 2021. Given the complementarity of our work, Campbell South Asia and the Global Development Network have decided to co-host this event for 2021.

Events include:

  • Plenary sessions by leaders in the field of evidence for the development
  • Parallel sessions to encourage broad participation (invited-only members)
  • A conference expo with information about the conference organizers and sponsors
  • Virtual coffee table chat sessions for networking


The conference is free and will be held on the Zoom platform.  Please register now!

Conference themes

The conference will include parallel sessions on the following issues:

  • Industrial policy and productivity
  • Social protection and gender
  • Health-environment-economic wellbeing nexus
  • Governance and accountability
  • Innovative approaches to knowledge brokering
  • Inequality and social inclusion

Key Audiences

The conference will target close to 100 participants, drawn from a diverse group of researchers, evaluators, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, development practitioners, and the private sector.

Conference sponsorship

Conference sponsorship is sought at three levels:

  • Gold sponsor (US$10,000): Name listed on the conference website. Acknowledgment is given in opening and closing plenaries. Thanks for sponsorship on social media. Space provided in Expo. Have one guaranteed parallel session in the program if desired. Sponsors are vetted by the Organization Committee.
  • Silver sponsor (US$5, 000): Name listed with the sponsored session. Space provided in Expo. Have one parallel session in the program.
  • Session sponsor (US$3,000): Name listed with the sponsored session. Space provided in

Expo. Have one parallel session in the program (subject to acceptance).

About the conference organizers

Campbell South Asia (CSA)

Campbell South Asia is a national and regional center of Campbell Collaboration and is hosted by the Global Development Network (GDN). The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network supporting the production and use of rigorous evidence synthesis. Campbell Systematic Reviews publishes systematic reviews and evidence maps on a wide range of topics. Campbell South Asia’s role is to promote the work of the Campbell Collaboration across South Asia. The primary focus of this work is to encourage the greater production and use of Campbell Reviews nationally and regionally.

Global Development Network (GDN)

GDN is a public international organization headquartered in New Delhi that supports high-quality, policy-oriented, social science research in developing and transition countries to promote better lives. It provides researchers and research institutions with financial resources, global networking, as well as access to information, training, peer review, and mentoring. GDN acts on the premise that better research leads to more informed policies and better, more inclusive development. Through its global platform, GDN connects social science researchers with policymakers and development stakeholders across the world.

Organization Committee

The staff of Campbell South Asia and Global Development Network have constituted an organizing committee.

Silver Sponsor:

‘Evidence for Development: South Asia’ is sponsored by the CGIAR GENDER Platform





J-PAL South Asia at IFMR