1) Why PSIA? Why did you choose PSIA over any other bank instrument or product?
This research fits into the main purpose of PSIA examining social impacts of reforms. PSIA funding has also made it possible to conduct extensive primary research without which it would have been impossible to collect such body of evidence directly from citizens.
· 2) What was the most embarrassing/challenging moment while working on this PSIA?
It has been challenging and humbling to translate the voice of over 1,700 citizens into policy recommendations. It has also required a lot of learning to communicate internally with energy, poverty, social assistance experts to have a joint vision on policy actions.
· 3) If you had to do this PSIA over, what would you do differently, based on the lessons learned from this one?
Would structure it in two phases to also pilot some initiatives on social accountability as a solution to the problems the PSIA has identified.
· 4) Any recommendations for TTLs working on PSIAs? What are the top three things TTLs should always keep in mind when working on a PSIA?
Not do it in isolation. Work with other Bank teams and counterparts in the country.
· 5) What do you do when you are not doing a PSIA?
Different aspects of social development – work on social inclusion of Roma, integration of IDPs.
Sophia V. Georgieva is a Social Development Specialist at the World Bank’s Urban, Rural and Social Development Global Practice, where she has worked for the past nine years. Her areas of expertise are in qualitative research, poverty and social impact analysis of reforms, and social inclusion. She has worked across sectors, including energy, water, and transport reforms, climate change adaptation, social inclusion of gender, youth, and minorities. Most recently, Sophia conducted regional research on social impacts of energy subsidy and tariff reforms in eight states Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Prior to that she has developed research on pro-poor energy efficiency in Eastern Europe, and pro-poor climate change adaptation in South and Central America.