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Dean Karlan Interview on Rumbo Economico

Jun 18/13 | From the blog
IPA founder and president Dean Karlan was recently interviewed by Rumbo Economico, a Peruvian TV show focusing on economic issues. Watch video of the interview, divided into two parts, below.
Part 1:

What Classrooms in New York Could Learn From Kenya

Jun 11/13 | From the blog
by Claire Horrell
The New York Times notes the resurgence of “ability grouping” in US elementary school classrooms:

Schoolchild in Kenya.

USAID and Dispensers for Safe Water Announce $5.5 million Partnership

May 20/13 | From the blog
by Alexandra Fielden

To address the global challenge of sickness from cholera, diarrhea and typhoid, Innovations for Poverty Action developed the chlorine dispenser system – a low-cost technology proven to dramatically increase rates of household water treatment, decreasing the burden of waterborne disease. Today, USAID’s Administrator, Rajiv Shah, announced an award from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) to support the scale-up of the Dispensers for Safe Water program.

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

May 09/13 | 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 27/13 | 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 20/13 | 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.
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