Jeffrey Mosenkis
November 19, 2015
If you're going to be stuck traveling, you might as well get smarter, the IPA way. Here are some podcast episodes we in the family liked:     Note: These tend to be about social sciences and development, if you want more variety of episodes...
Mushfiq Mobarak, Florence Kondylis
November 18, 2015
  Recently, Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, appointed a cabinet that is 50% female. Explaining the choice, Trudeau stated that it was important “to present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada” – and “because it’s...
Bangladesh randomization lottery
Ishita Ahmed
Mushfiq Mobarak
November 16, 2015
Bangladesh randomization lotteryCREDIT: Ishita Ahmed     Professor Angus Deaton deservedly won the Nobel Prize last month for his seminal work on micro-level data and measurement in economics. This has led to prominent news coverage of...
Nathan Barker
November 12, 2015
  The figure below comes from this paper, which attempts to replicate the finding that:  "A number of studies motivated by the costly signaling theory within evolutionary psychology have reported that priming inductions (such as looking at pictures...
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Tugela Rid
Sneha Stephen, Pooja Wagh
November 05, 2015
Digital technology is rapidly changing the way we design and offer financial products. Consumers who were unreachable by brick-and-mortar banks can now access formal financial services quickly and cheaply through their mobile phones or prepaid cards...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
October 13, 2015
    On Friday IPA founder and Yale economist Dean Karlan testified in front of a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, alongside Martin Ravallion of Georgetown University,  Patrick Chovanec of the...
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 #...