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Some highlights from the IPA Impact and Policy Conference + is proof of concept policy relevant?

Sep 09/12 | From the blog
by David McKenzie
 
This blog post was originally posted on the World Bank Development Impact Blog. Click here to see the full post.
 

Interview with Lucia Sanchez, SME Initiative Director

Sep 06/12 | From the blog
by Jeff Mosenkis
 
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 developing economies, but often fail to achieve their economic potential. Lucia explains why IPA’s work in this area is important for overcoming obstacles to growth and opportunity:
 

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

Sep 03/12 | 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 30/12 | 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 28/12 | 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 22/12 | 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 16/12 | From the blog
by Jeff Mosenkis

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The Convenience Store Approach to Banking

Aug 06/12 | 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 25/12 | 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.
 
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