October 29, 2015
Media Coverage
Over the last two decades, near universal access to primary schooling has been achieved in Ghana. Access at the secondary level has also improved, but secondary school is much more expensive, both for families and for the Government. Policymakers are now confronted with the next question: what, if...
October 23, 2015
Media Coverage
For many residents, mechanized removal of waste, which costs more than double the price of manual emptying, is too expensive in a country where most people scrape by on less than $3 a day. In one of the first projects of its kind in Africa, Senegal's government and charitable organizations are...
October 17, 2015
Media Coverage
On a stormy day in Dakar, Tina Gomis, a local woman in Sicap Mbao, laughs at the idea of selling her own excrement to the government. But this may soon become a reality in a city with a reputation for terrible waste management. A pioneering SMS service and waste treatment system is dramatically...
October 13, 2015
Media Coverage
Quartz has the story on an IPA small and medium enterprise study in Nigeria with David McKenzie of the World Bank. The study, looking at ways to spur business growth and hiring, gave away $50,000 to aspiring and current business owners in a national competition, and was extremely successful at...
October 08, 2015
Media Coverage
National Public Radio's Morning Edition went to Zambia to report on IPA's study there adapting the Harvard Business School's negotiation curriculum for girls there. The project is exploring whether equipping girls with negotiation skills can better help them navigate the many challenges they face...
September 30, 2015
Media Coverage
Charles Kenny reviews the research on cash transfers for helping the poor in The Atlantic, including IPA's work in Kenya and Uganda.
September 24, 2015
Media Coverage
Yet there's hope. Groups like the Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Innovations for Poverty Action spend their time scientifically studying promising interventions. GiveWell, a rigorous charity evaluator, has emerged as an organization which systematically reviews the scientific evidence for charities...
September 17, 2015
Media Coverage
IPA researcher Chris Blattman speaks with the Freakonomics podcast talking about research with IPA in Liberia, part of their coverage of the ability of cogntive behavioral therapy and cash grants to combat violence and crime among street youth.
September 17, 2015
Press Release
The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) today announced the upcoming launch of Financial Inclusion 2020 (FI2020) Week, taking place from November 2-6, 2015. During the week, stakeholders from across the globe will organize and participate in conversations and events to explore the most...
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
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 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 12, 2015
Media 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
Media 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
Media 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.

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