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Evaluations in humanitarian settings during COVID-19

Reflections and insights on the generation and use of evidence in humanitarian, fragile and conflict-affected settings.With the unfolding of COVID-19, we are seeing a health crisis getting compounded by a socio-economic crisis, and in some countries, a food crisis. For organisations focussed on disaster response and relief in humanitarian settings, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation. They have had to deal with more complex and challenging problems, as they undertake numerous measures to mitigate the impacts of a compounded crisis. 

At the upcoming CEDIL webinar, we have invited two experts to address an important question: during Covid-19, what role can evaluations play in humanitarian settings? Ruth Hill of the Centre for Disaster Protection will share insights from an evidence gap analysis on collecting and synthesizing evidence to respond to crises and disasters. Kevin Watkins of Save the Children will talk about the kind of evidence that is needed in humanitarian, fragile and conflict-affected settings to address complex questions.


Kevin Watkins, CEO, Save the Children
Kevin Watkins

Kevin Watkins joined Save the Children in September 2016, after spending three years as Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute.

Previously, he held a senior academic role at the Brookings Institution, and acted as an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Education, before which he spent seven years at the United Nations, as director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report and UNDP’s Human Development Report.

He is a senior visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Global Economic Governance and a Visiting Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics.

Ruth Hill, Chief Economist, Centre for Disaster Protection


Ruth Hill

Ruth Hill is responsible for leading the Centre's work on improving evidence on how best to respond to disasters, and on the impact of better disaster protection on household welfare. 

Ruth has published in the Journal of Development Economics, World Bank Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Experimental Economics, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and World Development. She has a D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Howard White (Chair), CEO, Campbell Collaboration

Howard White is the Chief Executive Officer of Campbell. He was previously the founding Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and has led the impact evaluation program of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group.

Howard started his career as an academic researcher at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, and the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. As an academic, he leans towards work with policy relevance and working in the policy field believes in academic rigor as the basis for policy and practice.

His other interests are running and walking, preferably long distances in remote places, and reading English history.

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