Lebanon and Qatar champion the application of behavioral sciences in public policy to drive change more effectively
BEIRUT, 12 April 2019 – Under the High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Lebanese Republic General Michel AOUN, Nudge Lebanon and B4Development (Qatar), in collaboration with Carnegie Corporation in New York, Banque Du Liban, and the Kuwait Policy Appraisal Lab (KPAL), organized the Arab Summit on Behavioral Science and Nudging, BX Arabia 2019, on April 12-13, 2019, at the École Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) in Beirut.
BX Arabia 2019 showcased the power of behavioral science to design innovative tools that help address policy challenges, and reaffirmed its role as an exchange platform by creating opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between government, NGOs, academia, and the private sector across a wide range of public policy areas, including – but not limited to – economic growth, public health and wellbeing, academic excellence, environmental sustainability, social and financial inclusion, and the prevention of violence.
Since the UK Cabinet established the first Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) in 2010, the application of behavioral behavioral sciences in public policy has rapidly taken off and there are now more than 200 behavioral insights or “nudge” units around the globe promoting greater use of evidence-based tools and innovative experimentation methods in various settings. In the Middle East, Qatar pioneered this innovation and established its behavioral insights unit in August 2016 under the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (now incorporated as B4Development). It was followed by Nudge Lebanon, a non-governmental and nonprofit NGO working closely with the central government as the de facto national behavioral insights unit.
BX Arabia 2019 hosted over two days 10 panels on behavioral sciences intersection with areas of health, compliance, sustainability, social cohesion, education, ethics, capacity building, policymaking, organizational, macroeconomics. It gathered 36 global and Arab experts in behavioral economics and nudge from government, academia, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.