December 10, 2016
Media Coverage
Almost 200,000 Kenyan households, many headed by poor, rural women, have lifted themselves out of poverty using mobile money services, experts said on Thursday, calling for the technology to be introduced in other developing countries. The impact was most dramatic among single mothers who used M-...
December 09, 2016
Media Coverage
National Public Radio's All Things Considered reports on the new study in Science on the effects of mobile money access for poor women in Kenya. Read or listen to the full story featuring IPA affiliates Tavneet Suri and Isaac Mbiti below.
December 09, 2016
Media Coverage
There are many ways that gender inequality holds us back. But overall, the math is simple: Half the world’s population is financially stunted. As long as we keep suppressing the economic potential of women, we will never achieve the growth and prosperity we want.
December 09, 2016
Media Coverage
Mobile money, a service that allows monetary value to be stored on a mobile phone and sent to other users via text messages, has been adopted by the vast majority of Kenyan households. We estimate that access to the Kenyan mobile money system M-PESA increased per capita consumption levels and...
December 08, 2016
Media Coverage
A new study today shows that the expansion of mobile money helped bring hundreds of thousands of Kenyans out poverty, especially those in female-headed households. The study, published in Science, examined how M-PESA, Kenya's text message-based payments system, spread across the country over six...
December 08, 2016
Media Coverage
Popular Science covers the study in Science on poverty and access to M-PESA mobile money in Kenya.
December 08, 2016
Media Coverage
Reuters looks at the new findings in Science on mobile money and poverty in Kenya.
December 08, 2016
Press Release
The new study found that poor rural women in Kenya with access to a mobile phone-based service allowing them to send and receive payments at low cost shifted their occupations from agriculture to business and saved more. The combined effects reduced poverty for hundreds of thousands of households...
December 08, 2016
Media Coverage
IPA Researcher and board member Tavneet Suri of MIT speaks with Vox about her new findings, published in Science. The research, conducted with with Billy Jack and IPA, looked at the how poverty was reduced in Kenya as M-PESA expanded and made mobile money more widely available in the country. Read...
December 07, 2016
Media Coverage
Vox recommended IPA in its roundup "These are the charities where your money will do the most good,” because IPA is a meta-charity, a charity that improves how other charities work. "If they can turn a dollar of donations into substantially more than a dollar of increased donations to effective...
December 01, 2016
Announcement
On December 1st, IPA Colombia launched a partnership with the Bogota Department of Social Integration in order to develop a research agenda in 2017 around early childhood, homelessness, teenage pregnancy, and the elderly. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they...
November 21, 2016
Media Coverage
Stanford Social Innovation Review Senior Editor Michael Slind sits down with IPA President Dean Karlan to ask three questions about poverty. Watch the interview below:
November 08, 2016
Media Coverage
NPR's Global Health team Goats and Soda asked readers to vote on what question they wanted answered most, and they chose "Can Microloans Lift Women out of Poverty?" They speak to IPA founder Dean Karlan and a number of IPA-affiliated researchers to answer the question, summarized in our brief Where...
October 31, 2016
Media Coverage
Researchers who conducted randomized controlled studies in several countries began to question the effects of micro lending in raising the economic fortunes of the poor. While the loans increased business starts for those without business to begin with, for those already in business the impact has...
October 18, 2016
Media Coverage
Bloomberg has an in-depth look at IPA's work using behavrioal economics to encourage Americans in the cash economy to start saving. It's a frank look at the promise and difficulties of new field research.
October 17, 2016
Media Coverage
Significant evidence so far points to the success of graduation style programs to get people out of poverty. These programs help the poorest “graduate” from destitution into sustainable livelihoods, largely by fostering self-dependence and resilience before disaster hits. In 2015 the Consulting...
October 08, 2016
Media Coverage
Getting a microloan is far easier than getting a bank loan. But in east Africa many people have access to an even easier source of credit. It takes just a few taps on a phone to obtain a short-term loan, which will arrive in a mobile-money account almost immediately. It is an exciting, scary...
October 07, 2016
Media Coverage
They don’t call economics the dismal science for nothing. A study of Ethiopian workers released last week by the US National Bureau of Economics Research found low-wage factories—often known as sweatshops— were dangerous, undesirable and paid even less than self-employment in the informal sector....
October 06, 2016
Media Coverage
The theme of this year’s Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2016, is “Make Handwashing a Habit!” In places without access to piped water, new products and technologies are needed to make handwashing with soap convenient enough to become a habit. Handwashing with soap is a powerful weapon against...
October 06, 2016
Media Coverage
The Economist talks about IPA's work in microcredit, flexible repayment loans, and ultra-poor graduation studies.

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