News and Announcements
The Hindu, a leading newspaper in India, highlighted the efforts of Deworm the World (DtW) in partnership with the government of Delhi to "conduct a two-day mass de-worming programme at its 1,742 schools in the Capital beginning February 21." The deworming exercises were conducted on February 21st, with a "Mop-up Day" on February 27th.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi will conduct a two-day mass de-worming programme at its 1,742 schools in the Capital beginning February 21.
Under the “Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojana” programme, students will be given chewable tablets of Mebendozole (500 m.g.) on February 21 and those absent would be covered in the final round on February 27.
...“The multi-pronged programme comprises health education, personal hygiene and regular de-worming after every six months while addressing the problem of worm infestation.”
The decision to go-ahead with de-worming in all MCD schools came following the result of studies revealing how de-worming has had a significant, positive impact on children's health, nutritional status growth, cognitive function and educational achievements.
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The Harvard Gazette profiles the scaling up of IPA's Chlorine Dispensers for Safe Water. An excerpt:
A year and a half ago, a pilot program to give rural families affordable water purification had issued 40 dispensers that served 6,000 people in Kenyan villages. Today, more than 400,000 people in Kenya and other countries have access to clean water based on this method.
The approach, which uses an inexpensive chlorine solution and a plastic dispenser that was custom made to distribute doses at communal water sources, was developed by Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Economics Department and a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Economics Sendhil Mullainathan, and colleagues at the University of California at Berkeley, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Emory University, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Based on the initial study that concluded a year and a half ago, the Gates Foundation supported the nonprofit group Innovations for Poverty Action to scale up the approach, with Daniele Lantagne, a two-year Georgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Harvard Kennedy School’s Sustainability Science Program, providing technical assistance. Several local governments in Kenya, along with the ministries of Water, Public Health and Sanitation, and Education, and the nonprofit One Acre Fund have all invested in the approach.
- Feb 16/12 | From the newsroom |
IPA's US Household Finance Initiative is working to test a path to savings that allows customers to save on impulse. An excerpt:
“People have intensions to save” but “get derailed by the lack of a clear, easy path to start saving,” said Innovations for Poverty Action’s (IPA) Jonathan Zinman, a Dartmouth College economist who worked with Coleman to create the product. The non-profit IPA granted $15,000 this month to set up RiteCheck’s program.
IPA is testing other programs for low-income people, including a savings account with a low $15 minimum deposit at a Washington, D.C., credit union and a debt-repayment program at a Tulsa, Okla., tax-filing service.
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.
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