Cambridge, United States
May 25, 2017
This one-day gathering brought together a small group of researchers and donors to discuss several current debates and challenges in measuring women’s empowerment and to generate a practical set of recommendations on how researchers, practitioners, and donors can improve the ways we measure empowerment using surveys and non-survey instruments. IPA and J-PAL will summarize these recommendations in a series of blog posts, research resources, and apply best practices to their own work.
March 17, 2017
IPA Founder Dean Karlan presented IPA’s Graduation of the Ultra Poor study to Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank, as well as other ADB staff and representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The seminar was held at ADB’s main office in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
IPA Philippines Participates in the M&E Steering Committee Meeting of the National Economic Development Authority
February 21, 2017
IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri attended the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) M&E Steering Committee Meeting on 21 February 2017. Representatives from 3ie and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) also attended. IPA and 3ie’s projects were featured at the meeting, including an impact evaluation on child labor with the Department of Labor and Employment and an upcoming impact evaluation of judiciary reforms with the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
December 15, 2016 - December 19, 2016
From December 15-19, IPA conducted a training for government representatives working on social protection programs in Guyana. At the invitation of the Ministry of Finance, Dean Karlan, Nathanael Goldberg, and Kelsey Wright presented the Graduation Model and best practices for monitoring and evaluation. IPA worked with participants to develop theories of change for their programs and to consider possible modifications to their programs based on this exercise.
November 10, 2016
IPA Myanmar presented its current studies at the Myanmar Monitoring and Evaluation Association. Research Associates T Nang Pan and Fabrizio Santoro presented our study on the impact of a maternal health app, and Senior Research Associate Nicholus Tint Zaw presented our study on cash transfers for pregnant women. The event was well-attended by both Myanmar and international staff working in research, and there was a lively Q&A after each session.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
October 20, 2016 - October 21, 2016
The Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally, in partnership with the Jacobs Foundation, the Institute for Human Development at Aga Khan University, and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, convened its ninth and final workshop to explore topics related to innovations in investing in young children globally.
October 10, 2016 - October 14, 2016
From October 10-14, IPA’s Social Protection Program participated in a workshop in Dakar, Senegal with the World Bank and social protection teams from six countries in the Sahel region to design a package of services to help cash transfer recipients increase income and protect against shocks. Kelsey Wright, Program Manager, presented findings from an assessment of constraints to movement out of poverty conducted in Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Côte d'Ivoire, and Nicolo Tomaselli, FWA Country Director, led an introduction to evaluation using RCTs.
September 26, 2016 - September 28, 2016
From September 26-28, Alison Fahey (Policy Manager, J-PAL Global) and Dean Karlan (Yale; President, IPA) presented at a closed-door workshop on poverty reduction hosted by the King Abdulaziz University Endowment, based in Saudi Arabia. The workshop brought together 35 business, government, and non-profit leaders. Dean and Alison presented an introduction to randomized evaluations, evidence on targeting the ultra-poor, and proposed several ways for participants to collaborate with IPA and J-PAL.
April 29, 2016
On April 29th, IPA Philippines hosted a Brown Bag on the Graduation of the Ultra Poor Program for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Director Gil Dennis Raposa of the DSWD Sustainable Livelihoods Program (SLP) was in attendance, along with other program staff. The SLP is one of the three core programs of the DSWD that provides micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation to the poor. During the brown bag, the participants noted the value of packaging and sequencing social protection interventions.
Evidence of Impact and Lessons learned: Implementation of Poverty Graduation Programs in Kenya and the Drylands of Africa
April 21, 2016
Despite the global progress made in reducing the number of people living in poverty, more than 1.3 billion people around the world still live in extreme poverty. According to the World Bank’s Global Monitoring Report, extreme poverty rates have actually increased in Sub-Saharan Africa. The percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day in sub-Saharan Africa (41%) is more than twice as high as any other region (such as Southern Asia, with 17%) and the region continues to lag behind in meeting the global commitment on poverty reduction.
Impact Evaluation: A Methodological View of the Advances in Social Protection in the Past Decade in the Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
December 09, 2015 - December 10, 2015
On December 9 and 10, the Vice-Presidency of the Dominican Republic, the Cabinet for Coordination of Social Policy, the National University of Costa Rica, and Innovations for Poverty Action co-organized the workshop "Impact Evaluation: A Methodological View of the Advances in Social Protection in the Past Decade in the Dominican Republic." The workshop gathered policymakers in the social protection sector and aimed to encourage policymakers to make use of rigorous evidence in their decision-making and share experiences of the implementation of impact evaluations in the country.
Marta Garnelo Caamano
June 11, 2015
Dean Karlan (Yale; President, IPA; Chair, J-PAL's Finance Sector) presented the results of the Graduating the Ultra-Poor studies during a conference hosted
June 09, 2015
IPA Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kenyan Government’s Vision 2030 Program. Vision 2030 is an initiative of the Kenyan government that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country by 2030 through economic, social, and political development.
June 05, 2015
Dylan Ramshaw (Country Director, IPA Peru) and Mauricio Perez Alaniz (Research Coordinator, IPA Paraguay) presented results from the Graduating the Ultra-Poor study and held a two-day seminar with the Secretariat of Social Action in Paraguay, which is considering an evaluation of a Graduation Program implemented by the Paraguayan Government.
Washington D.C., United States
June 04, 2015
On June 4th, IPA, with J-PAL and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) held an event at the World Bank focusing on the new findings published in Science on helping the Ultrapoor. Researchers Dean Karlan and Esther Duflo presented the six-country findings, followed by discussion from Mariana Escobar Arango, Deputy Director General, Department of Social Prosperity, Colombia.