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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis
August 02, 2012
  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan on Friday.  Unfortunately, after an optimistic separation from Sudan just over a year ago, the situation today is still not ideal.      Jon Lee Anderson reported on a...
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Rohit Naimpally
July 26, 2012
  Research by the World Health Organization tells us that indoor air pollution is the single largest risk factor for female mortality. Survey evidence in 2006 indicated that 98 percent of the rural population in Bangladesh cooked with traditional...
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Doug Parkerson
July 23, 2012
  Two Bill Clintons converged on Entebbe, Uganda on Friday. One was hoping to meet his namesake; the other was visiting the east African country to support a pledge to eliminate diarrheal deaths in the country.   The parents of Bill Clinton Kaligana...
July 20, 2012
  Summary: The Cochrane Collaboration’s recent summary of the evidence on treating school-age children for soil-transmitted intestinal worms (or STH) is incomplete and misleading. While we do not comment on the evidence of the health and cognitive...
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Rohit Naimpally
July 09, 2012
Over at The Smoke-Filled Room, Yale PhD student Suparna Chaudhry writes: The Indian government must realize that simply granting a lump-sum of money to ex-combatants for a period of time cannot guarantee their reintegration—education and training...
Rebecca Rouse
July 03, 2012
This blog series highlights the US Household Finance Initiative's Innovation Fund grantees.The fund supports the development of scalable, market-tested products that help American households make better financial decisions, escape cycles of debt,...
Natalie Colatosti, Laurence Dessein
June 15, 2012
While the first day of the evidence-based education conference focused on where investments have the most impact in improving school participation and performance, the second day focused on topics that need more thorough research, such as learning...

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