Innovations for Poverty Action opened a field office in Côte d’Ivoire in early 2016, and our research portfolio is growing quickly. Our evaluations are exploring questions of national and international concern in the sectors of agriculture, education, youth employment, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and may expand to other sectors.
Côte d’Ivoire is the world's largest cocoa producer and IPA is evaluating ways to increase the productivity of cocoa farms and improve the quality of primary education for children living in cocoa communities. We are also evaluating the impact of an apprenticeship program on youth employment, an issue of national concern. In addition, we are measuring the extent to which social pressure to share wages influences women's incentives to work, and what financial products and services might address that.