The IPA Blog


What happens when a revolution breaks out during your study

Mar 19/15 | From the blog
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 home today.” In a blog post below, intern Nolwenn Gontard from our Burkina Faso office writes about what it’s like when a revolution breaks out during your study.

'Understand clients': The major theme from a World Bank forum on microcredit

Mar 08/15 | From the blog
by Erin Scronce

Editors note: This post appeared originally on the World Bank Private Sector Development blog.

Access to Financial Services: Necessary but not Sufficient for Financial Inclusion

Mar 02/15 | From the blog
by Greg Dobbels, Pascaline Dupas, Sarah Green, Anthony Keats & Jonathan Robinson
Editor's note: This post appeared originally on the Making Finance Work for Africa site

This year's behavioral and development valentines, for your statistically significant other

Feb 19/15 | From the blog
by Jeff Mosenkis


Inspired by previous years, it started out innocently enough:

Making Change on a Mobile Handset

Feb 02/15 | From the blog
by Zahra Niazi and Amber Davis
Editor’s note: This cross-post appeared originally on here.

Can Agents Improve Conditional Cash Transfers in Peru?

Dec 22/14 | From the blog
by Sophie Ayling
Editors note: this cross-posting originally appeared on CGAP's site, here.

Financial Education in the Digital Age: It's affordable, it's scalable - but does it work?

Dec 17/14 | From the blog
by Sneha Stephen and Pooja Wagh
Editor's Note: This post is cross-posted with NextBillion, here.

New World Bank Report Highlights IPA’s Research, Calls for Redesign of Development Policy

Dec 10/14 | From the blog
by Laura Burke
Development policy should be redesigned to reflect new insights about human behavior, according to a new World Bank report that references numerous IPA evaluations. The World Bank’s World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior calls on the development community to shift its agenda based on new insights, and supports this proposal with findings from numerous IPA evaluations, including our work on commitment devices, reminders, and peer networks.
“Research shows that small differences in context, convenience, and salience have large effects on crucial choices, such as whether to send a child to school, prevent illness, or save to start a business,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim writes.  “That means development practitioners need to focus not only on what interventions are needed but also on how they are implemented.”
We couldn’t agree more. Read more here. 

IPA Supports Ebola Response Effort in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Nov 24/14 | From the blog
by Laura Burke
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 2014.1 To ensure the safety of our team on the ground, IPA has suspended all non-Ebola studies and operations in the region. We are now pursuing new studies that simultaneously address the Ebola crisis, capitalize on our strong local presence, and ensure the safety of our staff.
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