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December 05, 2022
The organizations’ complementary strengths will have a catalytic impact in Bangladesh. IPA’s strong technical capabilities around evaluation and its global network of researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and funders will complement BIGD’s...
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Phillip Roessler, Mark Walsh
November 17, 2022
When it comes to retail payments, most Tanzanians keep their phones in their pockets and pull-out cash instead—only 5% of Tanzanians have ever used digital retail payments compared to 72% for the average high-income country. 
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November 15, 2022
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) celebrates today’s announcement of Dr. Dean Karlan’s appointment as Chief Economist for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this role, Dr. Karlan will use insights from randomized...
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November 14, 2022
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is thrilled to announce a gift of $8 million in unrestricted support from novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. IPA will use Ms. Scott’s investment to further its mission of discovering and promoting...
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November 08, 2022
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is delighted to share that we have recently formed a partnership with the Research in Color Foundation (RIC). 
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Sheisha Kulkarni, Waldo Ojeda
October 13, 2022
New research from IPA explores the question: in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya, which lender repayment policies were most effective at getting borrowers to repay their loans? To answer this, we examined repayments for over 68,000 loans...
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Sarah Consoli, Jeni Sorensen
September 26, 2022
IPA’s Human Trafficking Research Initiative (HTRI) examined the body of evidence to date with a focus on rigorous qualitative and quantitative research to develop the Research and Learning Agenda. While the body of qualitative and descriptive...
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John Branch, Jeffrey Mosenkis
August 08, 2022
People often struggle to follow through on things they want to accomplish. When we try to do something like quit smoking, save money, or exercise, many of us have short-term desires that conflict with our long-term goals. To address this, economists...
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Yuna Liang, Marieliz Maines, Rafe Mazer
July 18, 2022
To understand how BOB works and how it can be improved, IPA and the BSP analyzed the first year of chatbot data: 1,372,534 messages between BOB and consumers from August 1, 2020, through July 31, 2021.
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Tanvi Jaluka, Lauren Perlik
July 12, 2022
Given the fast growth of BNPL and the known risks consumer lending can raise, this may be an area where new research could help understand the benefits and risks of BNPL to form appropriate policies in the future. 
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Jeffrey Mosenkis, Gabriel Olila
June 30, 2022
In this final installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing highlights from our 37 previous volumes.
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Sofía Granados, Alejandra Rivera, Laura Vargas Rueda
June 22, 2022
Data collection in the context of the pandemic posed multiple challenges for researchers. At IPA Colombia, this situation led us to explore and test new tools like WhatsApp surveys. Here we’d like to share some of the specific situations in which...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis, Gabriel Olila
June 09, 2022
In this newest installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analyses from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response...
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June 02, 2022
To develop more effective fraud prevention tools, our research team tested digital finance consumers’ abilities to identify phone scams in Kenya. Our tests found that information campaigns may not be as effective as we once thought. 
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Jeffrey Mosenkis, Gabriel Olila
May 27, 2022
In this newest installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analyses from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response...
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May 26, 2022
There are currently 244 million people worldwide affected by humanitarian crises, including 84 million who have been forcibly displaced. The displacement crisis in countries bordering Ukraine is a reminder of the many ongoing displacement crises...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis, Gabriel Olila
May 06, 2022
In this newest installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analyses from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response...
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April 29, 2022
How can we identify the best strategies to confront GBV? With this question in mind, in 2016 MIMP, IPA Peru, and J-PAL LAC launched a collaboration to develop a learning cycle for the institutionalization of evidence-informed decision-making in Peru...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis, Gabriel Olila
April 22, 2022
In this newest installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response...
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Jonathan Fu, Mrinal Mishra
April 13, 2022
During the pandemic, app stores saw a sharp rise in suspect apps globally. The number of suspect personal loan apps appears particularly high. Of the personal loan apps available on the Google Play Store as of April 2021 and drawn from a 63-country...

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