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Evidence-Based Decision Making for Financial Inclusion: What Does it Take?

May 10/13 | From the blog
by Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan and Beniamino Savonitto

Does microcredit for the average poor borrower lead to welfare improvement through business investment, or does it fuel consumption and lead to cycles of high-cost debt? What is the best way to support the accumulation of savings for particular life goals like retirement, the education of one’s children, and financing lump sum investments in housing improvements and preventative healthcare? What types of information or training programs are most effective in enabling the poor to take sound financial decisions around their choice and usage of financial products?

Striking a Match: Collaborating toward impactful research

Mar 28/13 | From the blog
by Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan and Beniamino Savonitto

Editor’s note: This cross-post with the Next Billion blog was written by Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, who directs IPA’s Global Financial Inclusion Initiative, and Beniamino Savonitto, director of the Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund supported by Citi Foundation.

Water Mythbusting!

Mar 21/13 | From the blog
by Alexandra Fielden
 
To celebrate World Water Day, IPA’s Dispensers for Safe Water initiative is busting some water-based myths…
 
Myth 1: The human body is 90% water.

IPA Partner TV Commercial: The Anti-Credit Card

Feb 18/13 | From the blog

So what if there was a credit card designed to save you money?

What do you get when a Visa exec comes to an IPA conference? It’ll bust your paradigm shift right out of the box.

Jan 25/13 | From the blog
 
Continuing CGAP’s blog series on practitioners’ takes on our Impact and Policy Conference in Bangkok, Gordon Cooper, head of Emerging Market Solutions at Visa shares his perspective. There to moderate a panel on financial inclusion, he talks about what it was like to come from the private sector into a room full of academic researchers:
 
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