News and Announcements
- Oct 22/14 | From the newsroom |
IPA's research in Uganda on encouraging youth savings for educational expenses through a school based program was featured in that country's Daily Monitor. Researcher Oliver Schmidt points to qualitative findings showing that education expenses are a primary reason named for taking out loans, and the research by Dean Karlan and Leigh Linden finding one variation of a combination of programs involving parent outreach and flexible savings commitments, which increased school supply purchases for kids and subsequent test scores. The full story is here, and Beniamino Savonitto and Pooja Wagh of IPA's Global Financial Inclusion Initiative expanded with a blog post addressing the broader issue, available here.
- Oct 06/14 | From the newsroom |
Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig, and Lucia Sanchez, of IPA's Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Initiative, have an article in The Broker, explaining a conundrum in the field - while training seems to help small businesses in the developing world grow, the research shows classroom management training consistently disappointing in effectiveness. They review what’s known to date in the article here, and more on the initiative’s work to find out how to grow small and medium-sized enterprises in the developing work is on their page, here.
- Oct 01/14 | From the newsroom |
Gawker's Hamilton Nolan writes "Poor people do not just blow any money they get." He reviews IPA's evaluation of GiveDirectly (here, and more description here), finding that poor Kenyans used unconditional cash transfers effectively, rather than on temptation goods like alchohol. A discussion of the broader implications in the New York Times by IPA researcher Chris Blattman of Columbia University is here.
The development community website DevEx has two articles related to IPA, randomized controlled trials (RCTs), and a recent survey of development executives. An article here explains their findings on awareness and attitudes towards RCTs, including a concise summary of advantages and limitations of the method, and how they have been used in deworming policy and implementation. This article discusses attitudes among executives towards practicing development at the local versus institutional levels, with IPA's Philippines office director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri discussing how the two perspectives are complimentary in IPA's work.
- Sep 22/14 | From the newsroom |
In Uganda Accountability Can Transform Health (ACT) project, which involves local citizens to monitor health providers is the subject of an IPA evaluation and was featured in the Daily Monitor. The piece reported on the launch event at which IPA’s local staff spoke. The full article is here (PDF).
- The Economist reviews a number of IPA projects on savings products for the poor, particularly commitment savings, which allow users to put away money where they can't access it until a predetermined time or goal is achieved. The article mentions a number of variations IPA has evaluated, from the Philippines, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Rome. The full article is here (may be gated) and an overview of how commitment savings works and IPA's plans for scaling it up are here.
- Should people in difficult financial circumstances still pay for health care? Reporter Shelly DuBois discusses how healthcare providers handle patients who can't pay, drawing on IPA findings from our research in Kenya and elsewhere. The story is here, and for more, a review of the evidence by IPA researcher Pascaline Dupas of Stanford University is in Science.
- Aug 27/14 | From the newsroom |
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced an ambitious plan to expand financial inclusion by making bank accounts available to every Indian family. In the popular Indian business newspaper Mint, Ruchira Bhattamishra makes the case for creating financial products that are informed by research in behavioral economics, such as commitment savings products. She cites IPA research on commitment savings products in the Philippines, savings for health care in Kenya, and a range of savings studies in Malawi.
The op-ed was also featured on the Financial Access Initiative's blog.
- Aug 19/14 | From the newsroom |
IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo recently published an article on Skoll World Forum's website. She discusses the unique benefits of randomized evaluations, particularly when it comes to reconciling the demands of scaling up with complexities of local environments. You can read the full article here.
You can also see her speak on a recent panel at Skoll World Forum below:
- Aug 06/14 | From the newsroom |
Researcher Johannes Haushofer has an article in the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs about the latest research on the psychology of poverty. More information about the GiveDirectly study mentioned in the article can be found here.
An ungated reprint of the article is available on the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor's website.
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