September 21, 2015
By Colin Felsman IPA Colombia and J-PAL Latin America & Carribean, and Universidad de los Andes’ Center for the Study of Security and Drugs (CESED), recently convened policymakers, researchers, and civil society members to discuss proven...
Deba Prasad Roy
September 02, 2015
By Jamie Zimmerman   Editor's note, this is a cross posting by CGAP, which originally appeared on their blog. IPA, CGAP and others will be partnering to address these issues in the upcoming Responsible Finance Forum.   "A massive data breach at All-...
August 13, 2015
We had a blog post reflecting on the recent East Africa Evidence Summit and five ways to make evidence useful for policy makers. Over on the Berkeley blog, Alexandra Orsola-Vidal and CEGA's East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST)...
Esther Duflo, Dean Karlan
August 06, 2015
Transparent sharing of data and analyses is crucial to good science and informs sound policy. The two organizations that we helped found, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) are committed to,...
Market vendor in Uganda receiving a mobile money payment
Will Boase
Beniamino Savonitto, Zahra Niazi
July 24, 2015
Mobile money and digital payments have opened the door to a new generation of products that have lowered costs and made serving unbanked and underbanked consumers a promising business proposition. But in spite of continuous innovations and a steady...
Heidi McAnnally-Linz
July 15, 2015
In June, our Kenya team signed an MOU with the Kenyan government Vision 2030 program to collaborate on research outreach and public policy forums, particularly on themes related to the Sustainable Development Goals. The first such forum was last...
Egypt Carpet
Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig
July 10, 2015
Editors note: This is a cross-post with NextBillion. In 2009, Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization that works to create market opportunities for artisans around the world, set up a program in Egypt. The goal was to support the growth of small...
Stephanie Wykstra
April 15, 2015
Innovations for Poverty Action was pleased to recently host a talk by Courtney Soderberg from the Center for Open Science (COS). COS aims to help researchers increase the transparency and reproducibility of their work. Founded in 2013 by...
Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig, Lucia Sanchez
April 07, 2015
Rwanda’s national economy relies heavily on coffee, which accounts for 30% of the country’s exports. Coffee washing businesses that dry the farmers' coffee beans before export are an important part of the supply chain behind those exports. Each year...
Jake Kendall
March 23, 2015
Editors Note: Our partner, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has asked us to share this announcement with the financial inclusion community.     Until recently, achieving financial inclusion for the world’s unbanked poor was a pressing goal...
Nolwenn Gontard
March 19, 2015
By Nolwenn Gontard   Editor’s note: in October 2014 IPA’s West Africa programs director woke up at 5AM to his cell phone ringing and a staffer reassuring him “the Parliament is on fire, but don’t worry, everybody’s fine, we’re going to work from...
March 08, 2015
By Erin Scronce Editors note: This post appeared originally on the World Bank Private Sector Development blog. On Friday, February 27, researchers, policymakers, investors and practitioners joined forces to move forward in the dialogue around...
Gregory Dobbels
March 02, 2015
Until recently, the drive towards financial inclusion was commonly framed in terms of access. Yet as the explosion of digital financial services and simplified account opening procedures have begun to make financial services accessible to the poor,...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
February 19, 2015
Inspired by previous years, it started out innocently enough: Hey @charlesjkenny are we doing #developmentvalentines again this year? — Timothy Ogden (@timothyogden) February 12, 2015 I support it RT @timothyogden: Hey @charlesjkenny are we doing #...
Amber Davis, Zahra Niazi
February 02, 2015
Editor’s note: This cross-post appeared originally on here.   Mobile money is spreading at a rapid pace throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. There are 203 million registered mobile money accounts worldwide and 256 mobile money...
Gregory Dobbels
December 23, 2014
  In Malawi, just 8 percent of adults saved at a formal financial institution in 2010 (data here, PDF paper here). While this number may seem strikingly low, Malawi is a fairly typical example of a low-income country where the poor are underserved...
Sophie Ayling
December 22, 2014
In Peru, the average recipient of a conditional cash transfer payment has to travel five hours to get to the nearest bank branch or ATM, spending 10% of the payment in transportation costs along the way.   As of the first quarter of 2014, there were...
Sneha Stephen, Pooja Wagh
December 17, 2014
In the past couple of decades, the world has experienced a radical shift in the way information is accessed and delivered. The technological revolution has made it possible for most people in rich countries and a significant number in poor countries...
Laura Burke
December 10, 2014
  Development policy should be redesigned to reflect new insights about human behavior, according to a new World Bank report. The report calls on the development community to shift its agenda based on new insights in behavioral economics, and...
Laura Burke
November 24, 2014
Since first appearing in March 2014 in rural Guinea, the Ebola virus has infected at least 17,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and killed more than 6,300, according to figures from the Center for Disease Control from early December...