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When Knowledge Isn't Enough

Aug 07/14 | From the blog
by Pitchaya Indravudh
Editor's Note: This entry is cross-posted with the Georgetown School of Foreign Service's blog.

Quality education for all in Francophone West Africa

Aug 04/14 | From the blog
by Fatine Guedira
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 Education of Burkina Faso, and Esther Duflo, Professor of Economics at MIT and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). More than a hundred and fifty people gathered to learn about evidence from several impact evaluations implemented in Western Africa, including the Teacher Community Assistant Initiative (TCAI) and speed school (SSA/P) initiatives in Ghana and Mali, respectively. This event was an opportunity to bring together local policymakers, NGO representatives and IPA and JPAL researchers working to improve access to quality education.

Interrupting the Cycle of Hunger in Zambia

Jun 25/14 | From the blog
by Rachel Levenson
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 just clothes: the vast majority of people are subsistence farmers, the economy is largely agrarian, and, because agriculture relies on the rains, there is only one harvest each year. 

Data for Dean Karlan's World Cup Rankings

Jun 24/14 | From the blog
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 competition by which countries would benefit the most from a victory.

Testing Text Messages to Improve Financial Behavior

May 29/14 | From the blog
by Pamela Chan, CFED blog
Editor’s note, this post originally appeared on the CFED blog here.

US Household Finance Initiative joins Twitter

May 28/14 | From the blog
by The US Household Finance Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action


MyRA: The Behavioral Breakdown

Feb 04/14 | From the blog
by IPA U.S. Household Finance Initiative

Image from Flickr user SalFalko

GiveWell and Evidence-based Philanthropy

Dec 16/13 | From the blog
by Jeff Mosenkis
We’ve long been fans of the charity rating organization GiveWell. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Farhad Manjoo explains
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