News and Announcements
On October 13, The Hindu profiled Rajasthan's statewide school-based deworming efforts in advance of program rollout on October 15. The deworming program, which targets 16 million school-age and preschool children, is being carried out jointly by the state departments of Education, Health, and Women and Child Development. Deworm the World has provided technical assistance to the Government of Rajasthan in the development and rollout of this program through funding from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The program also received support from UNICEF, particularly in the development of community sensitization strategies and materials, and was scheduled to coincide with Global Handwashing Day 2012 to further increase awareness.
- Oct 16/12 | From the newsroom |
IPA president and founder Dean Karlan, along with Global Financial Inclusion Initiative Director and 2012 Pop Tech fellow Aishwarya Ratan will be speaking this Saturday at the Pop Tech conference. This gathering of notable speakers will focus on the resilience theme, and you can check out the whole conference schedule here. You can also tune in to stream the conference, and don't miss their panel “The Means of Change” on Saturday Oct. 20th at 11AM, Eastern US time.
- Oct 03/12 | From the newsroom |
IPA's Jeff Mosenkis recently co-authored a piece with Caroline Fiennes for the U.K. philanthropy and social investment magazine, Alliance. The piece was part of a special issue devoted to what data can do for philanthropy (PDF here). Using the Teacher's Community Assistant Initiative as an example, the piece discusses how small investments in research can have big pay-offs for policy.
- Oct 01/12 | From the newsroom |
DtW and Managing Director Alissa Fishbane are featured in the September 18, 2012 publication "Women Mean Business," distributed by The Times (UK). This case study (p. 13) highlights DtW's work in improving the health and education of children around the world, exemplifying a valuable cause for female philanthropists to support.
A summary of the main questions and presentations from the SME day of the IPA Policy and Impact Conference in Bangkok, including a short discussion of the main barriers to growth for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries and how to design and target programs to more effectively address these barriers and promote entrepreneurship and SME growth.
Markus Goldstein summarizes a new literature review by David McKenzie and Christopher Woodruff that examines the evidence on business training programs, laying out the major findings of the evaluations, and provides insights into how to design evaluations around them. The paper can be found here.
- Sep 13/12 | From the newsroom |
IPA Research Affiliates Antoinette Schoar, Jonathan Zinman and Justine Hastings were appointed today to two newly-formed formed Advisory Boards of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Professors Schoar and Hastings will serve on the agency’s Academic Research Council, a consultative body comprised of scholars with relevant subject matter expertise. The council advises the CFPB on methodologies, data collection, and analytic strategies, and provides feedback regarding the Bureau’s research and strategic planning process. Antoinette Schoar is the Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship and a Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and directs research within IPA's Small and Medium Enterprise Initiative. Justine Hastings of Brown University has projects with IPA focusing on financial literacy and determinants of savings in Chile, Mexico, and the Philippines.Jonathan Zinman was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Board, where he will provide advice to CFPB leadership on a broad range of consumer financial issues and emerging market trends. “This group of experts truly represents the interests of the diverse people and communities we serve,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The Consumer Advisory Board will be a key resource to the CFPB and I look forward to working with its members to further our mission to protect American consumers.”Jonathan Zinman is an Associate Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and a Research Affiliate at Innovations for Poverty Action where he directs IPA’s research on consumer finance in the United States under the U.S. Household Finance Initiative.Two U.S. Household Finance Initiative research partners were also appointed to CFPB advisory boards yesterday. Patricia Hasson of Clarifi, a Philadelphia-based consumer credit counseling agency, also joined the Consumer Advisory Board. Carla Decker, President of District Government Employees Federal Credit Union, was appointed to the agency’s Credit Union Advisory Council, which will advise generally on the Bureau’s regulation of consumer financial products or services.All told, the newly appointed board members include experts in consumer protection, financial services, community development, fair lending, civil rights, and consumer financial products or services. They also represent financial institutions that primarily serve underserved communities, and communities that have been significantly impacted by higher-priced mortgage loans.
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