Joshua Blumenstock
November 12, 2012
  Editor’s note: Joshua Blumenstock is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and a Post-Doctoral Associate at Yale University. In this guest post he talks about research he presented at our Impact and Policy Conference.     While...
Malawian farmers gather around a computer to observe the fingerprinting technology used in the study.
Dean Yang
Carmen Easterwood
November 09, 2012
  How do you offer a loan to a farmer that can provide no evidence of his credit history or even of his true identity? Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing countries face this question every day, as they work to extend credit to people...
Carl Brinton
November 08, 2012
You needed years of personal experience to pick a winner, they said. It was about trusting your gut, not the numbers. Building a team in baseball had long been the purview of salty scouts with decades of experience who had seen and delved into the...
Xavier Giné
November 05, 2012
  Editor’s note: Xavier Giné is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. In our continuing series, he talks about research he presented at the Impact and Policy Conference. Despite improvements in de jure rights to female political participation in...
October 22, 2012
  Editor’s note: Scott Guggenheim is a Social Policy Adviser at AusAID and participated in the Post-Conflict recovery panel at the Impact and Policy Conference held in Bangkok.   I came to the ADB, IPA and JPAL Impact and Policy Conference  as an...
October 16, 2012
  Editors note: Lakshmi Iyer is Associate Professor of Business Administration, and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. In our continuing series, she discusses her presentation from our Impact and Policy Conference.   My presentation...
Heidi McAnnally-Linz
October 11, 2012
  In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, we’re highlighting a new project that explores if training Zambian girls in negotiation skills can positively impact their health and education. Zambian girls are three times as likely as boys...
David Yanagizawa-Drott
October 05, 2012
  Editor's Note: David Yanagizawa-Drott is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  In this guest post he talks here about his research presented recently at our Impact and Policy Conference.   At the Impact...
Sarah Craig, Lucia Sanchez
September 27, 2012
What are the main barriers to growth for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries?  How can programs be designed and targeted to more effectively address these barriers and promote entrepreneurship and SME growth? ...
Rebecca Rouse
September 21, 2012
  Editor’s Note: IPA's Rebecca Rouse (below, right) of our U.S. Household Finance Initiative, or USHFI, was on TV last week (video here) and gave two great talks this week at the 2012 Assets Learning Conference: Ideas into Action conference (...
Zachary Groff
September 21, 2012
  All the kids are back in school, and Students for Proven Impact (SPI) is poised for a big year around the world, with chapters already running at full speed at Yale University, St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, and the University of Ghana. New SPI...
September 14, 2012
  Rebecca Rouse, of our U.S. Household Finance Initiative (USHFI) was interviewed for local news in Duluth, M.N, about USHFI's work with local partner Lutheran Financial Services.  
David McKenzie
September 10, 2012
  This blog post was originally posted on the World Bank Development Impact Blog. Click here to see the full post.   At the end of August I gave several presentations at the IPA Impact and Policy Conference in Bangkok, which had days on SME...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
September 07, 2012
  The Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Forum has an interview with our own Lucia Sanchez, director of IPA's Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Initiative. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) run by entrepreneurs have the power to grow...
Beniamino Savonitto, Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan
September 04, 2012
  This blog post was originally posted on the Next Billion Blog.   Universal access to safe and reliable financial services from regulated providers is still a pipe dream in many developing countries. However, the share of those with access has been...
Dean Karlan
August 31, 2012
  This blog was originally posted on the CGAP Microfinance Blog. Click here to see the full post.   There was plenty of encouraging information shared at the recent “Reaching the Poorest 2012” meeting, convened by CGAP and the Ford Foundation....
Rachel Levenson
August 29, 2012
On a recent sunny Friday in Lilongwe, IPA Malawi hosted its first Research Discussion. These events provide policy-makers and practitioners with a forum to discuss IPA research projects, research findings, and other poverty research-related issues...
Rohit Naimpally
August 23, 2012
In order to improve the relevance and accessibility of its research for policy-makers and practitioners, IPA conducts some of its research in a series of focused portfolios of thematically linked research initiatives. One such initiative is the...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
August 17, 2012
The U.S. is experiencing the worst drought in a half century, and President Obama has announced new relief measures for farmers, in addition to the existing federal crop insurance plans.  While the heavily subsidized federal crop insurance plan has...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
August 07, 2012
  For those who don’t have time to trek to banks, or the minimum account balance to always keep in reserve (essentially on long term loan to the bank) or the requisite paperwork, check cashers are the go to place for financial services.   The New...