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The Journal of African Economies has a new special issue out in November on "Impact Evaluation in Africa", co-edited by Marcel Fafchamps of Oxford and Andrew Zeitlin of Georgetown who is a part-time colleague here at CGD.
While each of the papers is interesting on its individual merits, the collection itself addresses two broad debates.
1. What is impact evaluation, and how should we be doing it?
Documents recently made public by the UK government reveal the cost of poverty reduction in the Millennium Villages Project, a self-described "solution to extreme poverty" in African villages created by Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs. The project costs at least US$12,000 per household that it lifts from poverty—about 34 times the annual incomes of those households.