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Moving Beyond Access for Meaningful Financial Inclusion: Targeting investments to improve financial capability

Sep 04/12 | From the blog
by Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan and Beniamino Savonitto
 
This blog post was originally posted on the Next Billion Blog.
 

Happiness Up, Poverty Down

Aug 31/12 | From the blog
by Dean Karlan
 
This blog was originally posted on the CGAP Microfinance Blog. Click here to see the full post.
 

Research Discussion on "Nudging Farmers to use Fertilizer" in Malawi

Aug 29/12 | From the blog
by Rachel Levenson
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 in Malawi.

Consider the Debit Card

Aug 23/12 | From the blog
by Rohit Naimpally

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 Global Financial Inclusion Initiative, which broadly seeks to identify ways to help individuals manage their finances.

Insuring a Better Crop

Aug 17/12 | From the blog
by Jeff Mosenkis

The U.S.

The Convenience Store Approach to Banking

Aug 07/12 | From the blog
by Jeff Mosenkis
 
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.
 

What's it take to get cooking?

Jul 26/12 | From the blog
by Rohit Naimpally
 
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 biomass-burning stoves, with women in these areas not perceiving indoor air pollution as a significant health hazard and consequently prioritizing other basic developmental needs.
 

Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton, and a push to cut diarrhea deaths in Uganda

Jul 23/12 | From the blog
by Doug Parkerson
 
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.
 

Cochrane’s Incomplete and Misleading Summary of the Evidence on Deworming

Jul 20/12 | From the blog
 
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 outcomes reviewed, we continue to find that the educational benefits alone justify mass school-based deworming. We strongly endorse the WHO and Copenhagen Consensus’s recommendation to mass treat children for STH.  
 

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