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Dean Karlan discusses his research on microfinance with Tony Sheldon and Rodrigo Canales at the Yale School of Management. An excerpt:
"We did discover some important patterns. For instance, in India, we saw an increase in business starts for households that had no business to begin with. If they already had a business, though, we didn't see any increase in what they were doing. There was definitely a ceiling above which they just did not excel. Microenterprises are not growing into the small and medium enterprises that are engines for growth."
To watch the video or read the transcript, click here.
Ford Foundation Highlights Partnership with IPA's USHFI; CDCUs “Critical” to Financial Service Strategy
The website CUinsight.com, which is dedicated to the credit union community, posted a press release from the Ford Foundation about the Foundation's collaboration with IPA through the U.S. Household Finance Initiative (USHFI), which has funded seven organizations - including three credit unions - to expand access to products that help households make better financial decisions, escape cycles of debt, build assets and achieve financial resiliency. The press release noted that "community development credit unions (CDCUs) play [a critical role] in empowering low- and moderate-income communities across the nation." Read the full press release here.
- Jan 26/12 | Announcement |
Deworm the World was featured on January 27th, 2012 at a World Economic Forum event in Davos. This press conference highlighted key achievements of this Young Global Leader initiative and featured exciting new commitments from partners to improve the lives of millions of children through school-based deworming.
This is a thrilling new era for neglected tropical diseases, with Deworm the World and our global partners coming together on January 27th in Davos and Monday, January 30th at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation special event “Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases” in London.
The live stream was available at the World Economic Forum at 1pm CET / 12pm GMT/ 7am EST at http://wef.ch/live.
Deworm the World joined together with the Government of Kenya, USAID, and The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation at the event, to find out how we can make a difference in the fight against worms.
More details below:
A YGL Initiative: Deworm the World
Friday 27 January; 13:00 - 13:30 CET
Congress Centre, Press Conference Room
The Deworm the World initiative of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders improves the education and health of school-age children across the globe by supporting governments and development partners to expand school-based deworming programs. Building on its success in Kenya and India, plans were presented to expand the initiative to other countries.
The session included:
- Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya
- Rajiv J. Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development (USAID), USA
- Jamie Cooper-Hohn, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), United Kingdom
- John Dutton, Deputy Head, Forum of Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
- Sriram Raghavan, Chief Executive Officer, InKlude Labs, India; Young Global Leader; and Deworm the World Board Member
- Kai Bucher, Associate Director, Media, World Economic Forum, USA
IPA and its partner organization J-PAL are working to improve the quality of education in post-conflict areas. Learn more about one recent experiment in this important field, and the successful results we found, here.
Access to quality education, particularly primary education, is a crucial development component, especially in post-conflict areas. Conflict-affected countries are the furthest from achieving the six Education for All (EFA) goals and the Millennium Development Goals. More than 28 million children of primary school age living in conflict-affected areas do not have access to education, accounting for 42 percent of the world's out-of-school children.[i] Although in recent years school enrollment rates have increased in many post-conflict countries, reading, writing and numeracy skills are still below expected levels. One of the major challenges still facing the education sector in these areas is the struggle to determine ways to improve the quality of education once children do enroll in greater numbers.
With this challenge in mind, Poverty Action Lab is leading the way in the effort to identify effective interventions to improve the quality of primary education in these areas. To address the pervasive quality-issue of teacher absenteeism, Esther Duflo lead an experiment in sixty rural schools in India, where each day a student used a camera with a tamper-proof time and date stamp to take a photograph of the teacher in the classroom. The results of the experiment were very successful, with teachers in the program schools showing to have had half the absentee rate of those in comparison schools. Other success metrics, such as improved test scores, were also reported.
Read more about IPA's work on education-based initiatives in post-conflict areas, including Afghanistan.
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