GeoField Convening 2023
September 13, 2023

Presentations of Completed or Near Completed GIEs

GeoField 2023 Convening Video Playlist (Youtube)

The GeoField 2023 Convening, held at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, Italy, brought together 100 experts in impact evaluation, Earth Observation (the use of technologies and techniques to monitor planet Earth remotely, often from space), and development program implementation.

Presentations of Completed or Near Completed GIEs

Rachel Sayers (AidData)
Andrew Anguko (AfDB)
Nicholas Sitko (FAO)
Fiona Kastel (3ie)
Julius Adewopo (IITA)
Moderator: Jessica Wells (AidData, William & Mary)

Session Description

Rachel Sayers (AidData)
“He Says, She Says, the GPS Says: Evidence of Gender Differences in Bias from Agricultural Surveys in Ghana”
Andrew Anguko (AfDB)
“Impact Evaluation of the Last Mile Connectivity Project in Kenya”
Nicholas Sitko (FAO)
“Wellbeing dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa: a spatial perspective across territorial typologies”
Fiona Kastel (3ie)
“Geospatial Impact Evaluation of an Agricultural Intensification Program in Niger”
Julius Adewopo (IITA)
“Linking crop disease incidence locations with ancillary variables to assess cropland change and climate-related risks in Rwanda”

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Speakers and Presenters in this Video

Rachel Sayers
Research Scientist

Rachel Sayers is a Research Scientist at AidData's Research and Evaluation Unit, where she conducts impact evaluations on a number of development topics. She combines econometric and GIS analysis methods to design and conduct rigorous evaluations with an emphasis on causal identification. Her primary research interests are labor markets, human capital, household bargaining, and gender. She co-created AidData's Gender Equity in Development initiative, which focuses on bringing AidData's geospatial and research expertise to the gender space. Prior to joining AidData, Rachel completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics at Duke University.

Andrew Anguko
African Development Bank
Chief Quality and Methods Advisor

Andrew Anguko is Chief Quality and Methods Advisor with the Independent Development Evaluation of the African Development Bank. He serves as principal advisor to the Evaluator General, Managers and Evaluation Teams on appropriate evaluation standards, approaches, designs, methods and tools for evaluation work.

Nicholas Sitko
Food & Agriulture Organization (FAO)
Senior Economist

Nicholas Sitko is a Senior Economist in the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He coordinates a research team dedicated to generating rigorous empirical evidence to improve rural development policies and programmes, with a thematic focus on economic inclusion and climate change in rural space. Prior to joining FAO, Nicholas was an Assistant Professor of International Development in Michigan State University’s Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics where served as a Co-Principle Investigator for the Food Security Research Project based in Zambia.

Fiona Kastel
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
Research Associate

Fiona Kastel is a Research Associate at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). At 3ie, Fiona leads the Data Innovations Group and provides research, program management, and data analytics support for multiple programs on agriculture, education, finance, health, and policy and institutional reform. Her primary projects include a geospatial impact evaluation of an agricultural intensification program in Niger, an impact evaluation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s COVID-19 Solidarity Package, and the strengthening evidence and economic modelling partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Prior to joining 3ie, Fiona worked as a research assistant at Opportunity Insights, where she examined drivers of upward mobility and the disparate economic impact of COVID-19. She has also worked with NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean to develop their evaluation capabilities. Fiona holds a Master of Public Affairs from Brown University and a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Analysis of Markets and Organization from the University of Utah.

Julius Adewopo
Postdoctoral Fellow and Geospatial Analyst

Julius Adewopo is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Geospatial Analyst for Maize-based Systems. Prior to joining IITA, he has acquired multidisciplinary experience in natural sciences, geospatial applications, and corporate management. He earned his PhD in Soil Science from the University of Florida (UF) and M.Sc. in Forest Resources from theUniversity of Arkansas-Monticello, both in the USA. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Wood Technology from the Federal University ofTechnology, Akure, Nigeria. His PhD research focused on the impact of management intensification on soil carbon dynamics and underlines important ramifications for long-term ecological sustainability, especially in subtropical grasslands. He is an ESRI-certified Spatial Analyst and was a recipient of the prestigious UF Graduate Fellowship and USDA-SustainableAgriculture Research and Education grant during his doctoral studies.

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