Students from the School of Public Affairs present their work at the Social Outcomes Conference in Oxford

Students from the School of Public Affairs present their work at the Social Outcomes Conference in Oxford

  • Estela Souto and André QuadraEstela Souto and André Quadra

Sciences Po’s Master in Public Policy candidate Estela Souto and Master in Public Affairs graduate André Quadra were invited as guest speakers at the Social Outcomes Conference 2019 hosted by the Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The event took place on September 5th and 6th. 

The students had the opportunity to present their work “Using the results-based public procurement approach as a tool towards better governance in Latin America”, where they analysed the Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) proposed by the Government of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, in the end of 2017, in order to improve the rates of successful graduation from the high-school and the recent SIB launched by the city of Buenos Aires in March 2019 to improve the long-term employment outcomes of young underprivileged individuals in the city’s southern area.

André and Estela are both Brazilian qualified lawyers and impact investing enthusiasts inspired by evidence-based policymaking. Estela was directly involved in in the designing of the potential first SIB implemented in the country when they both were working as in-house counsels at UBS Investment Bank in Brazil.

“By shifting from the traditional activity or inputs-based approach towards a results-based public procurement process, governments might define to a service provider their needs, instead of trying to think themselves the best ways to provide it”, said Estela.

In his turn, André’s passion for the topic was intensified when working on his final MPA research project in partnership with the European Investment Bank. The research assessed the feasibility of social outcomes contracting for tackling unemployment among migrants in the European Union.

“Such change of mind-set could also promote innovation, which could be particularly positive for complex social problems that Latin American governments may not have the solution yet”, added André.

The students, however, emphasized that “the lack of data and available information of public services and social outcomes in Latin America can significantly undermine the effectiveness and efficiency of the procurement process.” They also said that “these challenges, if not well addressed by the local public administration, could hinder the promotion of governance and worse off transparency and accountability.”

The panel was chaired by Prof. Dr Aris Georgopoulos from the University of Nottingham. “This presentation enriched the session and articulated clearly the opportunities and challenges for outcome-based public procurement in Latin America”, he concluded.


  • Estela Souto is a Sciences Po’s Master in Public Policy candidate with more than 5 years of professional experience in the Brazilian banking and capital markets. She co-authored the “UBS White Paper on Social Impact Bonds” and is currently a policy analyst in the Directorate for Public Governance at the OECD.
  • André Quadra, Sciences Po's Master in Public Affairs graduate, is a Brazilian lawyer with 15 years of experience in the banking and capital markets in Latin America and a member of the Brazilian Center of Strategic Studies for Capital Markets at the Sociology and Politics Foundation School of São Paulo (FESPSP).
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