September 15, 2015
Media Coverage
The World Bank recently announced that between May 2014 and May 2015, Kenya’s national energy utility formally connected 150,000 households in urban slums to the electricity grid, up from just 5,000 previously. This massive jump was largely achieved by subsidising families’ grid connections (...
September 10, 2015
Media Coverage
Annie Duflo was invited along with leaders of large organizations including the ONE Campaign and Oxfam, to write about the upcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Huffington Post. She discusses what we've learned from the Millennium Development Goals, particularly from experience in...
September 09, 2015
Press Release
ANTALYA, Turkey, September 9, 2015: How are phones and cards changing the ways the global poor access and manage their money, and what should governments and financial institutions do to ensure innovative products and services meet the need of lowincome customers? These and related topics were the...
September 03, 2015
Media Coverage
IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo spoke with Burkina Faso's L’Economiste du Faso about how to improve the quality of teaching and ultimately pupils learning performances. They discussed IPA's reasearch in Ghana using out of class tutors to improve student classroom performance, which you can read...
August 17, 2015
Media Coverage
IPA researchers Ted Miguel, Kenneth Lee, and Catherine Wolfram, with IPA-Kenya's Francis Meyo have an op-ed in Reuters about President Obama's plan to power Africa. Using findings from IPA's Rural Electric Power Project in Kenya they point out that the vast majority of Kenayans are close to an...
August 17, 2015
External Coverage
The Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter American Development bank goes to the Dominican Republic to discuss financial inclusion and remittance recipients. Patner Banco Unión is working with IPA there to test using SMS messages for encouraging unbanked remittance recipients to save. Read the...
August 12, 2015
External Coverage
Nature's news section discusses the advances in understanding poverty brought by randomized controlled trials. They chart the rise of RCTs over the years in development economics, and get perspective from IPA founder Dean Karlan, among others. In an accompanying story they also discuss the...
August 11, 2015
Media Coverage
The Ghana Graphic reports on IPA's work there on a scalable way to improve early childhood education in the country. 
August 01, 2015
Media Coverage
The Economist reports on IPA's six-country study findings on helping the ultrapoor, those making under $1.25 a day. The six-pronged approach showed strong returns in gains for the participants, even a year after the program ended. The story also describes IPA's fndings from Uganda, on a project...
July 31, 2015
External Coverage
"We don’t have any final results yet from our study, which is funded by the World Bank, the SME Finance Forum, the Asian Development Bank, and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a research organization. But here’s what we’ve learned from pilot projects in Bangladesh: Seventy-three percent of...
July 23, 2015
External Coverage
On the ocassion of President Obama's trip to Kenya, NPR speaks with IPA researcher Ted Miguel about our project on providing electriciy to rural areas there, and why the results cast doubt on current policy plans.
July 06, 2015
Media Coverage
IPA researcher Chris Blattman thoughtfully considers what we know about anti-poverty programs that work, and how to make them better. Specifically, he looks at our research on the Graduation model, the six-pronged approach to helping the poorest of the poor, whose results were recently published in...
July 02, 2015
Media Coverage
Hodei Sultan and Hamidullah Natiq from the US Institute of Peace ask in Foreign Policy Magazine if teaching peace skills is effective. They profile Afghanistan's Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education, which teaches “Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution” alongside the traditional curriculum. The...
June 30, 2015
Media Coverage
DevEx reports on the Aspen Institute for Development Entrepreneurs’ annual gathering, where IPA's Delia Welsh discussed best data collection practices and our new Goldilocks initiative. As she told DevEx: The idea is that pointed questions can weed out which metrics an organization chooses to use...
June 25, 2015
External Coverage
IPA's research in Liberia with Chris Blattman of Columbia University and Jeannie Annan of the International Rescue Committee, is featured in The Atlantic article "Can Jobs Deter Crime?" The research evaluated a program aimed at young men, giving them literacy and vocational training along with cash...
June 24, 2015
External Coverage
IPA President and founder Dean Karlan has an op-ed in Reuters titled: New data reveals which approach to helping the poor actually works. He reviews what we know from the 6-country randomized controlled trials published in Science, testing the Graduation approach to helping those who live on less...
June 22, 2015
Press Release
June 22, 2015 NEW HAVEN, CT:  Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) announced today a new $7.4 million grant to support research on product design innovations that enable the poor to access, use, and benefit from financial services. This Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant will help...
June 19, 2015
Media Coverage
The Wall Street Journal Weekend Review section had front page feature on Innovations for Poverty Action and randomized controlled trials called "The Anti-Poverty Experiment." It explains how IPA approaches evidence-baesd policy through rigorous evaluations, and how the approach has changed the...
June 18, 2015
Announcement
IPA Peru, togehter with J-PAL Latin America and Carribean and San Pablo Catholic University co-organized a workshop titled "Evidence-based public policy: Impact Evaluation." The workshop's objective was to contribute to promote the use and generation of evidence on the impact of social programs in...
June 04, 2015
Media Coverage
Longer-term research into anti-poverty interventions is rare, but it exists for cash transfers. A 2013 study in Uganda found that people who received cash enjoyed a 49 percent earnings boost after two years, and a 41 percent increase after four years, compared to people who hadn't gotten a transfer...

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