One of the main responsibilities of an IPA Project Associate is communicating with the Principal Investigator on their project, being their eyes and ears on the ground. This Principal Investigator is typically a Professor at a US university. Chris Blattman provided some helpful advice a while back on how to email your professor.
Our friends at the Centre for Microfinance in Chennai held their 3rd Annual Conference last week on "Translating Research into Practice." Notes and powerpoints are available from their website, as well as some summary on their blog.
The problem, Greenstone continues, is that the government simply doesn't have good data on what works and what doesn't. But there's a solution. "We should take one-half of 1 percent of funding for every program and use it for evaluation," he says.
Without a national system to track identity, lenders in developing nations are challenged by identity fraud, rendering the establishment of credit bureaus near impossible.
Biometric technology such as using computers to track identity with fingerprints may be a possible solution. Xavier Giné, Jessica Goldberg, and Dean Yang’s research explores the use of fingerprinting in Malawi as a method of repayment tracking and loan enforcement. Check out the study summary here.
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