News and Announcements
- Aug 17/15 | From the newsroom |
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 full blog post here (or in Spanish here), and more about IPA's financial inclusion work here.
- Aug 17/15 | From the newsroom |
Zambia's Daily Mail reports on a recent Lusaka presentation featuring IPA's work showing how debates influence election outcomes. Researcher Rachel Glennerster discussed the Sierra Leone study showing that exposing voters to videotaped election debates changed voter preferences, voting patterns, and MP responsiveness. The article offers implications for Zambia, where debates are a relatively new phenomenon, with perspective from Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) director Priscilla Isaac and Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director MacDonald Chipenzi, among others. Read the full article here, and the findings from Sierra Leone here.
- 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 (findings announcement here and more details here). The story also describes IPA's fndings from Uganda, on a project that helped women earn a living in the post-conflict context.
- 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. The point out that the vast majority of Kenayans are close to an existing power grid, and what's needed is connections to the grid, not small solar generation. Read the full op-ed here.
- Jul 06/15 | From the newsroom |
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 Science. One of this big costs of this and many similar approaches is the program staff spending time with beneficiaries. It sounds good, but is it necessary? Another IPA study from Uganda, described in a new brief (PDF) involved training, and a grant, but randomized the expensive staff follow-up visits, and found they were not effective enough to justify their cost. Read the full piece here, a summary on Chris' blog here, a short summary of the Uganda study here, and more on the Graduation approach here.
- Jul 02/15 | From the newsroom |
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 story cites IPA's research on peace education in rural Liberia which found increases in non-violent disputes and decreases in violent ones. Read the full story here and watch a video about IPA's project below.
- Jun 30/15 | From the newsroom |
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 in its impact assessment.“It means saying no sometimes to data collection,” IPA’s Delia Welsh said. “Sometimes organizations struggle with what they want and what their external stakeholders want.”
- Jun 29/15 | From the newsroom |
DevEx reports from the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs gathering in Washington DC about how organizations are handling the challenges of using data and metrics for measuing impact. They report on IPA's new Goldilocks Initiative, which is developing basic principles for helping organizations gather the right amount and right kind of data. IPA's Delia Welsh presented 4 basic ideas to help organizations make sure their data collection is neither too big, nor too smal. Read more on the meeting here and about the initiative here.
- Jun 26/15 | From the newsroom |
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 to buy agricultural supplies. Overally the data showed the group who participated in the program spent more time on agricultural activities, and had higher assets, along with less interest in joining a new conflict in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire. Read more about the study here, and the full Atlantic article here.
- Jun 25/15 | From the newsroom |
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 than $1.25 per day. Read more about the project here.
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