Innovations for Poverty Action is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems.

Most of our work is done in 18 country offices by our trained field researchers who collaborate with a network of academics from top universities in the world. We use the gold standard of research, randomized evaluations—the method used in clinical trials—to understand which programs work, which don’t, and why 

We also work with policymakers to make sure our research addresses their most pressing issues and to help them create policies and programs based on the best available evidence.  To date we’ve run over 500 randomized evaluations in 52 countries across agriculture, education, financial inclusion, health, governance, peace & recovery, small & medium enterprises, and social protection. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

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Our Leadership

Dean Karlan

Dean is Professor of Economics at Yale University and President and Founder of IPA. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy and Graduate School of Business and received his Ph.D in 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Dean is also a research fellow at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development.

His research focuses on microeconomic issues of public policies and poverty. Much of his work uses behavioral economics insights and approaches to examine economic and policy issues relevant to developing countries as well as to domestic charitable fundraising and political participation. Read more about his studies and publications here.

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Annie Duflo

Annie is responsible for leading the strategic directions of IPA, the implementation of its strategic plan and the day to day operations. Previously, Annie served as IPA's Research Director where she managed IPA's research network, staff capacity-building, and new project development. She also played a key role in the scaling up of successful programs with particular focus on education. Annie has a wealth of experience implementing and managing randomized evaluations in the field. Prior to joining IPA, Annie was the Executive Director of the Centre for Microfinance (CMF) at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai, India, which she joined at its creation. Annie holds a Master of Public Administration and International Development degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Master in Social Sciences from EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)/ ENS (École Normale Supérieure) in Paris. Read more about Annie here.

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