September 27, 2012
A summary of the main questions and presentations from the SME day of the IPA Policy and Impact Conference in Bangkok, including a short discussion of the main barriers to growth for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries and Â how to design and target programs to...
September 14, 2012
Markus Goldstein summarizes a new literature review by David McKenzie and Christopher Woodruff that examines the evidence on business training programs, laying out the major findings of the evaluations, and provides insights into how to design evaluations around them. The paper can be found here.
September 13, 2012
IPA Research Affiliates Antoinette Schoar, Jonathan Zinman and Justine Hastings were appointed today to two newly-formed formed Advisory Boards of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Professors Schoar and Hastings will serve on the agency's Academic Research Council, a consultative...
September 10, 2012
David McKenzie highlights work from the IPA Impact and Policy conference, including a presentation by Daniel Paravisini on his work on credit scoring, and makes the case that proof of concept studies are policy relevant. #ImpactandPolicyConf
September 07, 2012
Lucia Sanchez discusses the main knowledge gaps when it comes to SMEs, as well as the role of the SME Initiative in addressing those gaps through supporting rigorous research and knowledge dissemination.
August 28, 2012
GLOBAL EXPERTS MEET IN BANGKOK TO ADDRESS WHAT WORKS TO COMBAT POVERTY For Immediate Release Bangkok, August 28, 2012 - More than 250 researchers, policymakers and development practitioners will converge in Bangkok from August 30th - September 1st to share evidence and ideas about what...
August 15, 2012
June 20, 2012
A two-part blog post covering various studies aimed at measuring entrepreneurship in developing countries. Read Part I and Part II.
June 19, 2012
Innovations for Poverty Action and the Citi Foundation announced today the creation of the Citi - IPA Financial Capability Research Fund. The $3.4 million program focusing on emerging economies seeks to incubate, develop, and rigorously study products and product-linked interventions to improve the...
Innovations for Poverty Action and the Citi Foundation Launch Fund to Create Evidence on Financial Capability
June 18, 2012
For Immediate Release:Innovations for Poverty Action and the Citi Foundation Launch Fund to Create Evidence on Financial Capability (New Haven, CT & New York, NY - June 19, 2012) Innovations for Poverty Action and the Citi Foundation announced today the creation of the Citi IPA Financial...
June 13, 2012
We are pleased to announce our FOURTH ROUND of Research Funding for Entrepreneurship and SME Growth. The goal of the fund is to support innovative research to build a systemic body of evidence on the contribution of SMEs and entrepreneurship to poverty alleviation and economic development. We hope...
June 04, 2012
Dean Karlan spoke at the 2012 World Economic forum on East Asia in Bangkok about what works and doesn't work in fighting poverty. In a wide-ranging conversation with Brian A. Gallagher, of United Way Worldwide, John McArthur, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation, Nadya Saib, Co-Founder and...
May 31, 2012
As part of Innovations for Poverty Action’s efforts to evaluate poverty-reduction programs, we posed this question: Would financial education trainings for children in a developing country, with one of the lowest savings rates in Africa, help instill a culture of saving and good financial decision-...
May 30, 2012
A recent evaluation of Chile's supplier development program aimed at improving the linkages between small and medium enterprises and their larger customers showed that the program had positive impacts on the smaller firms, with firms increasing sales, employing more workers, and improving their...
May 22, 2012
An expert panel of 65 researchers has culminated with the Copenhagen Consensus 2012, a panel of economists including four Nobel laureates tasked with identifying the smartest ways to allocate money to respond to ten of the world's biggest challenges. Deworming is ranked fourth in their list of 16...
May 18, 2012
Niranjan Rajadhyaksha encourages Indians to give but to make sure their giving counts. He uses IPA research to point out why it's all about how you ask and goes on to explain why causes like deworming are among the most effective charities to spend your giving budget. An excerpt: The experiment was...
May 17, 2012
"Economic development efforts are best served by testing and refining assumptions about what works."
May 16, 2012
USAID praises Ghana for its advancement in primary education enrollment and highlights the work of the recent Evidence-Based Education conference. An excerpt: The conference dubbed "Evidence Based Education: Policy-Making and Reform in Africa", is being co-hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action...
May 16, 2012
The Christian Science Monitor profiles the work of our partner, J-PAL, as well as some IPA projects, as they point out that perhaps Americans and Europeans who are stressed at the prospects of job growth might have something to learn from the evaluations of what works for the poor around the world...
May 15, 2012
The Huffington Post highlights the necessity of deworming and its impact to call attention to a range of issues that should be addressed at the G8 summit. An excerpt: Most people have never heard of elephantiasis, river blindness, snail fever, trachoma, hookworm, whipworm or roundworm. These seven...