IfAD Public Talk Series

Our speakers are leading national and international experts and policymakers who talk about the economic and development issues, challenges, and opportunities of our time. The talks are open to general audience, and all are encouraged to attend.


Speaker:Marie Gaarder, Executive Director International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM (AZ), 28 May 2021

Bio: Dr. Gaarder is the executive director of 3ie. She leads its efforts to improve lives in low- and middle-income countries by supporting the generation and use of high-quality and relevant evidence to inform decision-making. She has over 20 years of experience managing operational and research projects. In her previous role in 3ie, as director for evaluation and global director for innovation and country engagement, Marie provided strategic direction and guidance to 3ie’s work in evaluation and synthesis. Prior to joining 3ie, she was a manager in the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, overseeing thematic, sector, corporate and project evaluations. Marie has published extensively, including on evaluation of cash transfer programs, evaluation in fragile and conflict-affected states, and how to increase the accountability for evidence use and for outcomes among development agencies and governments.

She was the director of the evaluation department at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. Prior positions include being the deputy executive director of 3ie during the institution’s start-up years, and a senior social development economist at the Inter-American Development Bank, specializing in social protection and health programs in Central America.

Marie is the co-chair of the International Development Coordinating Group within the Campbell Collaboration, a member of the Research Ethics Review Committee of the Partnership for Economic Policy, a member of the DFID-CDC Evaluation & Learning Program Steering Group, and a member of the WFP’s impact evaluation Strategic Advisory Panel (SAP).

Marie holds a PhD in Economics from University College London, an MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and a graduate degree in Political Science, Arabic and Economics from University of Oslo, Norway.


The 3ie is a global leader in funding, producing, quality assuring and synthesizing rigorous evidence. It is also a global advocate for the generation and use of quality evidence in development decision-making.

Mission: Improve lives sustainably in low- and middle-income countries through evidence-informed decision-making.

Vision: Promote evidence-informed equitable, inclusive, and sustainable development. Support the generation and effective use of high-quality evidence of what works, for whom, how, why and at what cost to inform decision-making and improve the lives of people living in poverty in low- and middle-income countries. Facilitate evidence and its use by governments, development institutions and funders.

“3ie brings together those who wish to use impact evaluation findings with those who conduct them. To ensure useful measurement, it mobilizes and focuses resources for relevant questions that matter in the real world and paves the way for more transparent research practices. 3ie also works closely with governments and NGOs to strengthen their systems for prioritizing evaluations and using findings.” Ruth Levine, 3ie Board of Commissioners

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