BEP Seminar Series: Targeting in Development projects: Approaches, challenges, and lessons learned

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    09:30 am > 03:00 pm UTC+02:00
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SFSD, IFPRI, and EFB are excited to announce a forthcoming session as the second in the Bridging Evidence and Policy (BEP) Seminar Series. This upcoming session will gather experts and development implementers around the theme of “Targeting in Development Projects”.

Targeting eligible beneficiaries in governmental and non-profit development programs is a challenging endeavor that requires a deep understanding of the different methodologies, and which is suitable for each program. For this purpose, the session will take the form of an interactive roundtable discussion that brings together diverse experiences. Representatives from the government, philanthropic organizations, intergovernmental multilateral organizations, and local NGOs will share targeting approaches, challenges, and lessons learned to answer questions around the following four sub-topics:

  1. Targeting Objectives: Who should be targeted?  Should targeting be impact-based or need-based? What is the role of “deservingness” and “moral hazard”? What is the extent of, spillover to non-beneficiaries?
  2. Perception and Acceptance of Targeting: Do community perceptions of who should be targeted match development implementers’ views? How do perceptions of different sub-groups about targeting fairness compare?  Are some subgroups better able to influence policy decisions? How can community feedback be integrated into targeting?
  3. Improving and Measuring Targeting: Is targeting success measured? Why/why not? Are goals clearly defined enough for success to be assessed?  Have adjustments been made to improve targeting? Is there evidence that targeting has improved?
  4. Tradeoffs: To what extent can speed, community acceptability, or lower operational costs be sacrificed for better targeting?

By fostering this platform for knowledge exchange, one deliverable of this session is a policy note summarizing the discussion points around targeting in development projects, drawing from the multidisciplinary insights shared by participants.

Read full agenda from IFPRI Egypt site


This event is organized in collaboration between Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Egyptian Food Bank (EFB). BEP Seminar Series is part of CGIAR’s Initiative on National Policies and Strategies (NPS).


This work is part of theCGIAR Initiative on National Policies and Strategies (NPS). CGIAR launched NPS with national and international partners to build policy coherence, respond to policy demands and crises, and integrate policy tools at national and subnational levels in countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. CGIAR centers participating in NPS are The Alliance ofBioversityInternational and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (AllianceBioversity-CIAT), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI),International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Potato Center (CIP), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and WorldFish. We would like to thank all funders who supported this research through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund


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