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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).

Being Smarter About Safe Water

Mar 22/12 | From the blog
by Jeremy Hand

This blog was originally posted on the Impatient Optimists blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for World Water Day.

Crowding out Informal Savings and Borrowing

Mar 20/12 | From the blog
by Dean Karlan

This blog series highlights the randomized trial of the impact of Compartamos, a for-profit microlender in Mexico, and their expansion in the Nogales area. The questions came from the original post here.

Outcome measure: Is there substitution between use of Compartamos (Crédito Mujer) and informal lending/savings mechanisms?

Grantee Spotlight: Freedom First Credit Union

Mar 16/12 | From the blog
by 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. 

Posting Hypotheses for an Impact Study of Compartamos

Mar 13/12 | From the blog
by Dean Karlan

We are nearing completion of a randomized trial of the impact of Compartamos, a for-profit microlender in Mexico, and their expansion in the Nogales area. We will be posting our hypothesis before we do the analysis, and encourage readers to do the same, for three reasons:

IPA/CEGA Education Event: Does More Education Empower Women?

Mar 09/12 | From the blog
by Laura Starita

This post summarizes findings from a study in education presented on March 2, 2012 at a half-day event hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the University of California’s Center for Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA). Please forgive any errors or omissions. Cross-posted from Philanthropy Action.

Read about the other presentations from this conference in Part One and Part Two.

IPA/CEGA Education Event: Findings on Computer-Aided Instruction

Mar 06/12 | From the blog
by Laura Starita

This post summarizes findings from a group of studies in education that were presented on March 2, 2012 at a half day event hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the University of California’s Center for Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA). Please forgive any errors or omissions. Cross-posted from Philanthropy Action.

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