Heather Lanthorn
November 03, 2014
  Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Heather Lanthorn, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health, who worked on the SMS reminders for malaria study. After the data collection was complete, she conducted a qualitative follow-up...
Pooja Wagh, Beniamino Savonitto
October 23, 2014
    Uganda has one of the highest primary school drop-out rates in the world. Though the country abolished most primary school fees in 1997, a recent UNICEF report found that 81% of parents cited financial constraints as the reason why their...
Amber Davis
October 20, 2014
  In Uganda, nearly half of surveyed adults were unable to correctly answer a question about interest rates according to a recent Finscope study. When asked “If you were offered a loan with 5% monthly interest rate and a loan with 20% annual...
Aaron Dibner-Dunlap, Ayso van Eysinga
September 29, 2014
  The discussion around microcredit has become more nuanced of late; praise has given way to a more cautious examination of its challenges and opportunities. The June launch of Resilience: The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report, 2014 ...
Nathanael Goldberg
September 23, 2014
  IPA has been evaluating livelihood programs for the extreme poor for the past seven years. We’ve even run one ourselves. The CGAP-Ford graduation pilots were all adaptations of BRAC’s Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction-Targeting the...
September 18, 2014
  (Para español, ver abajo)   Following conversations between J-PAL's Peru-based Policy team and theViceministry of Small and Medium Enterprise and Industry of the Ministry of Production of Peru a training program is being implemented by J-PAL...
Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig
September 15, 2014
  Enter almost any market in Uganda, Nepal, or Peru and you are likely to find streets filled with shops all selling the same items, whether it be rows of tire shops, stores selling the same wooden furniture, or shoe shop after shoe shop. It seems...
August 21, 2014
  In an op-ed in MINT, one of India’s leading business newspapers, economist and consultant Ruchira Bhattamishra discusses Prime Minister Modi’s announcement of an ambitious new plan for financial inclusion for all Indians, but targeting in...
Karen Grépin
August 13, 2014
  Yesterday an expert committee convened by the World Health Organization released a statement about the ethics of making experimental treatments for Ebola available to patients during the current West African outbreak. The panel unanimously...
Pitchaya Indravudh
August 07, 2014
  Editor's Note: This entry is cross-posted with the Georgetown School of Foreign Service's blog.   My favorite part of the day in Ghana is the shared taxi ride home at the end of the day. Contentment in this case is not derived from the excitement...
Fatine Guedira
August 04, 2014
  J-PAL Europe, the Ministry of Basic Education and Literacy of Burkina Faso, and IPA Burkina Faso co?hosted an international conference on education on July 10-11 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, featuring the presence of Mrs. Koumba Boly, Minister of...
Ariela Alpert, Marina Turlakova
July 07, 2014
In developing countries small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are thought to be an important source of innovation and employment because of their flexibility in responding to new market opportunities and their potential for growth. However,...
Rachel Levenson
June 25, 2014
  Growing up in the California Bay Area with temperate weather year round, seasonality to me meant the difference between putting on a t-shirt or a light sweater in the morning. However, here in Eastern Zambia, seasonality affects a lot more than...
June 24, 2014
IPA founder Dean Karlan and Project Associate Nate Barker took a break from their work on Ultra Poor Graduation pilots to crunch some World Cup numbers for the New York Times' The Upshot. They suggest a utilitarian approach, ranking the teams in the...
May 29, 2014
  Editor’s note, this post originally appeared on the CFED blog here.   How effective would you like your mobile banking alerts to be? Last month, The New Yorker featured a snarky mobile banking program in a humor column by Kelly Stout. Personified...
May 28, 2014
  The US Household Finance Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action is today introducing a new Twitter account, called @IPA_US. Contrary to what our handle might suggest, we will not be tweeting about our affinity for fragrant hops and craft...
Thomas Munthali
May 15, 2014
  IPA-Malawi, with support from Elana Safran from IPA's Washington, DC offices, trained technical members of the Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) in impact evaluation and results-based management. MEJN had requested the training in impact...
February 04, 2014
Last Tuesday, President Obama called for “a year of action” in his State of the Union, vowing to sidestep Congress as necessary to expand opportunity in America. A piece of his action plan that got little airtime – and a fumbled pronunciation during...
Julia Brown
January 22, 2014
  In the real world, we often find that consumers respond differently from the ways theories predict. The more we are able to conduct rigorous research to better understand what products are most effective, the better we will be at focusing...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
December 16, 2013
  We’ve long been fans of the charity rating organization GiveWell. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Farhad Manjoo explains   GiveWell studies charities the way a stock analyst might research companies. The group was founded in 2007 by Holden...