Increasing school attendance is a critical factor in determining a population’s ability to pull themselves out of poverty. Low school attendance can make it difficult for countries to spread important health information, teach real-world skills, and ultimately grow their economies. IPA’s evaluations on increasing school attendance coincide with many additional benefits, including girls’ empowerment, children’s health, and incentives programs for parents.

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Researchers are partnering with a mobile money operator in Kenya to offer a commitment savings product to parents whose children will soon be making the costly transition to high school.

Teacher Community Assistant in her classroom in Ghana
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Over the last decade, millions more children in developing countries have gained access to primary school education.

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As girls pass through adolescence, a number of factors influence whether they complete secondary school, avoid teenage pregnancy, and develop the life skills, attitudes, behaviors and...