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Hannah Trachtman
Hannah Trachtman
November 15, 2011
Hannah Trachtman is a project associate with the Group vs. Individual Liability Project in Peru. Normally a relatively small city, Puno in Southeastern Peru floods with visitors in late January and early February. They come to Puno for one of South...
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Amos Odero
Amos Odero
October 27, 2011
The second post in our series comes from Amos Odero, a Research Associate on the Urban Micro-Insurance Project in Nairobi, Kenya. “Jua Kali” means “under the hot sun” in Swahili. The term refers to the millions of Kenyans working in small businesses...
October 24, 2011
Pilot project will implement and evaluate two trust-building tools in trade credit for small shop-owners Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) announced that it will fund an IPA...
October 17, 2011
We first suggested “nudges for development” as a replacement for Malawi’s renowned, but costly, farm input subsidy program (FISP) back in December.  It looks like the idea could be even more relevant now that the program is shrinking. We look to...
Nathanael Goldberg
October 13, 2011
Borrowing from seismology, researchers are using models of aftershocks to predict future crimes based on the time and location of recent crimes. From New Scientist: On average the program predicted the location and time of 25 per cent of actual...
October 06, 2011
IPA’s Deworm the World (DtW) initiative, a collaboration with Partnership for Child Development, has exciting news to share. DtW released a statement reporting that its support operation in the Indian state of Bihar has treated over 17 million...
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Michael Goodwin
Michael Goodwin
October 04, 2011
The first post in our series comes from Michael Goodwin, Project Coordinator for the Culture & Incentives Project, which, distinctively, spans several countries (Ghana, India, Philippines, Peru). Read on: In 1519, a gust of wind bore Magellan...
Rebecca Rouse
September 23, 2011
The US Household Finance Initiative (USHFI) is conducting a webinar to help potential applicants respond to its Request for Proposals for the Financial Products Innovation Fund.  Funding is available under this solicitation for alpha- and beta-...
August 24, 2011
This summer IPA held two events at Kenyan Universities as part of our goal to get research into the hands of people who can use it. Maseno University and Swarthmore University kindly hosted, giving our staff and research affiliates the opportunity...
Sana Khan
August 24, 2011
The CGAP blog has a couple of updates from our staff managing evaluations of the UltraPoor Graduation Program, Sana Khan in Ethiopia and Beth Rosen in Ghana.  Sana (pictured) has just finished analysing the baseline survey data in Ethiopia which...
Nathanael Goldberg
July 20, 2011
Just a bottle filled with water (and a bit of bleach): it's amazing how much light it appears to give off. Obviously only works during the day but for homes without electricity it can be surprisingly dark inside even in the middle of the day. I...
July 14, 2011
Chris Blattman considers some of the pros and cons of being a field research assistant for an RCT:  Cons It’s getting harder to distinguish yourself from the herd. JPAL and IPA and other field experiment outfits have exploded in size. Whereas maybe...
Rebecca Rouse
July 08, 2011
On June 24, 2011, IPA’s US Household Finance Initiative convened its inaugural working group meeting in New York City.  This meeting brought together academics, financial institutions, nonprofits, policymakers and members of the private sector to...
July 03, 2011
In a recent lecture at the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Esther Duflo makes the point that aid is a relatively small proportion of all the money being spent on the poor in the world. She makes the case for thinking of spending by private donors...
June 27, 2011
Surprising Results of Microfinance In a recent article in Science, Dean Karlan and Jonathan Zinman find that small loans in the Philippines helped households manage risk, but did nothing for business growth, and actually seemed to reduce subjective...
June 23, 2011
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation recently secured funding for the next four years, enough to immunise more than a quarter of a billion children in developing countries. This is estimated to save more than 4 million lives by 2015,...
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Rohit Naimpally
June 16, 2011
David McKenzie presents the results from a poll amongst young development economists, who were asked about what they view as the most under-researched area in development: IPA actually has a research initiative devoted to the issue that ranks...
Brian Swartz
May 31, 2011
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind.  I recently applied to transition from my current position on the Rainwater Storage Device evaluation in Kamwenge to a new IPA project in Kampala.  The project is a little different than the traditional line...
Lee Crawfurd
May 31, 2011
The media attention surrounding the release of More Than Good Intentions and Poor Economics has led to a few criticisms of RCTs cropping up around the interwebs: Arvind Subramanian worries about the macroeconomic effects of aid, something not...
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Sarah Kabay
May 13, 2011
The Boston Review recently hosted a forum beginning with the article “Small Changes, Big Results” by Rachel Glennerster and Michael Kremer.  The forum featured seven responses, each focusing on a different concern, though as Glennerster and Kremer...

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