On June 21st, in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC), IPA hosted an event on electricity and water utility provision research. The overall objective of the event was to create a forum to discuss how research could help inform policies on utility provision in Zambia. To motivate this discussion, case studies of projects recently supported by IPA and IGC were presented, and a panel of policy-makers in Zambia shared their views.
This seminar addressed the "last-mile" problem of uptake in health: products and services are available, people are aware of their effectiveness, and yet uptake remains low. Rachel Levenson of IPA-Zambia presented evidence from research on innovations based on behavioral economics and behavior-centered designs that address behavior change working with emotions, non-monetary incentives, and social and status pressure to trigger shift in behavior and norms.
On April 26, 2016, IPA Zambia presented study results at the World Bank Zambia office during one of their brown bag lunches. Rachna Nag Chowdhuri, Country Director, and Rachel Levenson, Research Manager, presented results from The Impact of Food and Cash Loans on Smallholder Farmers in Zambia and Temporary Labor Migration as Mitigation: Strategies for Managing Seasonal Famine (Bangladesh).
From March 22-24, Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) Zambia and the International Growth Centre (IGC) held a series of dissemination events to present and discuss the preliminary results of The Impact of Food and Cash Loans on Smallholder Farmers in Zambia, which is being conduction by IPA in collaboration with researchers Kelsey Jack (Tufts University), Günther Fink (Harvard School of Public Health), and Felix Masiye (University of Zambia).
Emily Cupito (Policy Manager, J-PAL Africa) presented lessons from randomized evaluations of targeted instruction programs to a working group on catch-up programs in Lusaka, Zambia. The Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training, and Early Education in Zambia chaired the meeting and several partners, including IPA Zambia, participated.
Innovations for Poverty Action Zambia (IPA) partnered with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL) and the University of Zambia (UNZA) to hold a four day impact evaluation course from 24-27 August 2015. The course included two streams: a policymaker stream and a researcher stream. The researcher stream focused on the benefits and methods of randomisation, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of experiments.
Rachna Nag Chowdhuri (Country Director, IPA Zambia), Emily Cupito (Policy Manager, J-PAL Africa), Erika Keaveney (Research Manager, IPA Zambia), and Ashleigh Morrell (Training and Policy Associate, J-PAL Africa) participated in a meeting with members of Zambia’s Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training, and Early Education. The focus of the three-day event was on assessing the performance of the Education and Skills Sector in 2014 and identifying ways to improve service delivery in the sector.
IPA-Zambia, in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC) and Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ), hosted the public seminar “Incentives for Public Service Delivery” in Lusaka on March 17th, 2015. Oriana Bandeira from the London School of Economics presented results from the Community Health Worker study. The session was moderated by Professor Nava Ashraf from Harvard Business School. The seminar drew in a large audience from across civil society and Government of Zambia.
Researchers Nava Ashraf and Oriana Bandeira presented results from the study Recruiting and Motivating Community Health Assistants in Zambia at multiple high-level governmental meetings in Lusaka, Zambia between March 16-20 2015. This included the following meetings:
On September 19 - 20, 2013, Child & Youth Finance International held its 2013 Africa Regional Meeting in Livingstone, Zambia. The regional meeting brought together leading experts, practitioners and innovators from within the region who are engaged in the issues of financial access and financial education for children and youth. IPA's Elana Safran led a workshop presenting results on IPA's research on Youth Savings.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Dunavant Zabmia Ltd., and Shared Value Africa hosted Encouraging the Adoption of Agroforestry among Smallholder Farmers: A Case Study in Eastern Province, Zabmia. The event was in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, and jointly funded by Climate Development Knowledge Network, International Growth Centre, and Musika Development Initiatives.