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Evidence-Based Education: It’s all in the impact

May 29/12 | From the blog
by Natalie Colatosti and Laurence Dessein

What does the evidence show about improving school participation and performance in Sub-Saharan Africa? This question was the focus of the first morning of the two-day evidenced-based education conference held in Accra, Ghana last week. Although there have been large investments in promoting primary and secondary school enrollment in the last 30 years, many enrolled children still do not attend school regularly, and learn little when they do attend classes.

Finding the Right Knot for Each Odysseus: Innovations in Commitment Savings

May 23/12 | From the blog
by Aishwarya Ratan, Bobbi Gray, and Alex Kobishyn

This blog was originally posted on the USAID Microlinks Blog after Aishwarya Ratan's presentation at their After Hours Seminar #61, "Matching Products with Preferences: Innovations in Commitment Savings for the Poor."

Context Matters… More Than We Might Think? Busara Center for Behavioral Economics Opens in Kenya

May 18/12 | From the blog
by Anna Cash

Randomized evaluations simultaneously emphasize that context matters and that human preferences are often shockingly similar across cultures and contexts.  For example, as humans, we tend to be present-biased, leading us to procrastinate, over-spend and under-save – as a three-country IPA study on reminders to save highlights.

Me, You, Together, Build: Helping Zambian girls negotiate better futures

May 09/12 | From the blog
by Annika Rigole

In 2010, when I was role-playing with classmates in a graduate school Negotiations course, I never thought I would soon be facilitating a similar program in a secondary school in Zambia.

Africa beyond the Western Imagination

May 01/12 | From the blog
by Rohit Naimpally

Actual Africans would live in villages designed by economist Jeffrey Sachs.

Those villagers would wear wholesome hand-made ethnic clothing, dance to wholesome ethnic music and during the day they would grow food communally and engage in things called income-generating activities.

For our own protection, American peacekeepers and Nato planes would surround the villages - making hearts and minds happy and safe.

Cookstoves on the backburner?

Apr 27/12 | From the blog
by Rohit Naimpally

There is a pithy adage that every simple question has a complicated answer.

The Impact of Change (the monetary kind)

Apr 25/12 | From the blog
by Heidi McAnnally-Linz

Today's NYTimes draws attention to how Zimbabweans are spending so much time waiting around for change -- not change of the political nature this time, the NYTimes notes, but change--small money--for any simple purchase.

Grantee Spotlight: A Credit Card You Can Trust

Apr 23/12 | From the blog
by Rebecca Rouse and Brooke Berman

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 households make better financial decisions, escape cycles of debt, build assets and achieve financial resiliency.

Dispensers for Safe Water in Haiti

Apr 18/12 | From the blog
by Lilian Lehmann and Alexandra Fielden

“Has anyone in your family had cholera in the last 6 months?” the surveyor asks. “Yes. Five. Wait, no, six” the head of the household responds. Another family member sitting on the front step of their straw-thatched hut chimes in, “No, no, it’s seven.”


Financial Literacy Week at the New York Stock Exchange

Apr 17/12 | From the blog
by Rebecca Rouse

On Friday, Brooke Berman and I represented IPA’s U.S. Household Finance Initiative (USHFI) at the New York Stock Exchange’s closing bell ceremony. The event followed a panel on “Ensuring Consumers' Financial Success through Innovation and Technology” as part of Financial Literacy Week (April 9-13).

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