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TIME Annual Lectures 2017

The 2017 TIME Annual lecture was given by Professor Asim Khwaja, Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), and Co-Founder of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).

Professor Asim Khwaja presented on "Effective Problem Solving in Learning Organizations"

In our information rich era, success is driven not by how much you know, but how well you learn. If organizations around the world are to address our most pressing challenges, they need an evidence-responsive, context-sensitive, and adaptive approach to problem solving. This requires a structured and embedded decision-making process. The Smart Policy Design and Implementation (SPDI) framework, developed by Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School, offers an analytical methodology—from problem identification to diagnosis, design, implementation, testing, and adaptation. This iterative cycle enables public, private, and non-profit organizations to become effective and flexible problem solvers. Professor Khwaja, one of EPoD’s faculty leads, will present the SPDI framework and illustrate it using his experiences in addressing the global challenge of financial inclusion.

Discussant: Connell Foley, Director of Strategy, Advocacy and Learning (Policy Unit) at Concern Worldwide.

Closing Remarks: Elaine Hollowed, Policy Unit, Irish Aid

2017 Keynote Lecture