Symposium on Behavioral Economics in Policy Making

Lahore School of Economics in collaboration with B4Development (formerly Qatar Behavioral Insights Unit, created by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in 2016 as the first nudge and behavioral insights unit in the Arab region with the mandate to promote use of evidence based policies) hosted a symposium on Behavioral Economics in Policy Making on 3 September 2019 at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore.

This symposium was the first ever initiative that had engaged policy-makers and researchers alike to discuss the role that behavioral interventions can play in matters of compliance, public finance and accountability in Pakistan.

The symposium featured talks by experts, government officials and academics including, Fadi Makki (Head of B4Development), Lori Foster (Professor, North Carolina State University), Shabbar Zaidi (Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue), Mujtaba Piracha (Additional Chief Secretary (Services Economy) Government of Punjab) Adnan Khan (Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science), Azam Chaudhry (Professor and Dean, Lahore School of Economics), Ijaz Nabi (Country Director, International Growth Centre), James Vancel (CEO, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics), Umar Taj (Research Fellow in Behavioral Science, Warwick Business School) and Sakib Sherani (Former Principal Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan and Founder and CEO of Macro Economic Insights (Pvt) Ltd).

Qatar Foundation Sustainability Workshop

B4Development in partnership with Qatar Foundation, facilitated the workshop on applications of behavioural insights to public policy entitled “Designing behavioural interventions to encourage sustainable behaviour”. The workshop was led by Dr. Grant Donnelly, Assistant Professor of Marketing and a faculty associate of the Sustainability Institute at The Ohio State University and Dr. Fadi Makki, Head of the first nudge unit in the Middle East – B4Development (formerly Qatar Behavioral Insights Unit). The participants had the opportunity to hear expert presentations about the foundations of behavioral science concepts and experimentation and later on they gathered to collaboratively discuss sustainability challenges such as food waste, transportation/mobility, and recycling. At least two workshop-driven behavioural experiments are starting as a result.

BX Arabia 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 of New York, Banque Du Liban, and the Kuwait Policy Appraisal Lab (KPAL), organized for the second consecutive year the Arab Summit on Behavioral Economics and Nudging, BX Arabia 2019, on April 12-13, 2019.

BX Arabia 2019 showcased the power of behavioral science used to design innovative tools that help address policy challenges.

Qatar Foundation Workshop, 2019

B4Development organized a capacity building workshop to introduce behavioural insights to several Qatar Foundation entities.

The workshop was conducted on behalf of the Policy Hub at the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, as part of their continuous efforts to create healthier, more sustainable environment within Education City and to promote evidence-based policymaking.

The key desired outcomes were:
1. Increasing physical activity inside and around Education City buildings
2. Reducing gender based discrimination in the workplace
3. Increasing parental engagement in children’s education for improved academic outcomes

BX Arabia 2018

In 2018, Nudge Lebanon and B4Development organized the first ever summit on Behavioral Economics in the Middle East in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American University of Beirut, Harvard Business Review Arabia, and Nudgeco.

The summit exceeded all expectations, gathering prominent speakers from academia, nudge units around the world, governments, NGOs and private sector organizations.

WISH 2018

World Innovation Summit for Health - Qatar

B4Development contributed to WISH 2018 summit by moderating a policy briefing session addressing the application of behavioural insights to tackle major NCDs and participating in the Global Diffusion of Healthcare Innovation (GDHI) plenary session.

WISE 2018

WISE Learners' Voice 2018 - June Session, in partnership with B4Development focused on how behavioral insights can transform education outcomes for refugees.

Behavioral Economics Course in Kuwait

B4Development (formerly QBIU), in collaboration with Nudge Lebanon and Kuwait Policy Appraisal Lab (KPAL), co-designed and delivered a course titled 'Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar - Public Policy for Sustainable Green Technology' at the American University of Kuwait in the Fall semester of 2018.

The course included 2 sustainability experiments designed and implemented by the students in collaboration with the design team.

The first experiment targeted recycling habits on campus while the second experiment aimed to decease littering in cinemas.

WISE 2017

World Innovation Summit for Education  - Qatar

B4Development (formerly QBIU) organized a round-table focusing on Building the Right Partnerships to Promote Greater Adoption of Behavioral Insights to Address Policy Challenges at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar on the 15th of November, 2017.

In addition, B4D co-delivered a workshop with Mr. Daniel Shephard on the role of BI in post conflict education settings.

On WISE’s last day, Dr. Fadi Makki, moderated a dialogue between Prof. Ben Castleman and Mr. Sharath Jeevan on nudging for right education choices focused on behavioral insights’ role in improving teacher and learner performance and motivation, as well as in helping families make better choices.

HBKU 2017

Hamad Bin Khalifa University - Qatar

As part of a behavioral science course co-designed and co-delivered by B4D (formerly QBIU) and HBKU, 4 experiments were conducted by students:

  • Decreasing the demand for plastic cutlery with take-out orders
  • Increasing the number of people requesting to takeaway their leftover food
  • Improving compliance with footwear instructions in mosques
  • Increasing total sales of fruits in selected cafeterias

WISH 2016

B4Development (formerly QBIU) took part of the World Innovation Summit for Health in Doha, Qatar on the 29th and 30th of November, 2016. H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi participated in the “Forum for Behavioural Insights” Panel along with Dr. David Halpern and other prominent figures, highlighting the launch of QBIU and the importance of applying behavioural insights to help build a lasting legacy in Qatar and the region.