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Filippo Cuccaro, Luciana Debenedetti, Andreas Holzinger
February 04, 2021
In July 2020, we highlighted Sierra Leone’s experience confronting COVID-19 from the vantage point of a fragile state—one that lived through civil war and, more recently, another acute public health crisis with Ebola in 2014, as well as a damaging...
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Annie Duflo, Heidi McAnnally-Linz
January 28, 2021
The kind of impact bred in 2020, thanks to a combination of quick thinking and innovation, building on long-term partnerships, fills us with hope, and we—with over 20 years of IPA experience between us—have never been more proud to be a part of IPA...
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January 28, 2021
In this eighth 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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January 14, 2021
In this seventh installment—our first one for 2021—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...
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December 31, 2020
Today, on the last day of this tumultuous year, we're sharing the below two-part series on people behind the data at IPA in 2020. Today is also the last day to make a tax-deductible donation in 2020, so please consider making a gift if you are in a...
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Kate Glynn-Broderick
December 29, 2020
IPA has been working with A2i, a branch of the Bangladesh government  which helps to ensure access to public services, to help monitor the digitization process of government social support payments to three vulnerable populations: elderly pensioners...
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December 10, 2020
In this sixth installment—our last one for 2020—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...
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Sebastian Chaskel, Kyle Holloway, Luciana Debenedetti
December 03, 2020
As Colombia continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, it must—like many countries—address the twin concerns of protecting its population’s health and reactivating its hard-hit economy. The success of the government’s economic policies...
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November 19, 2020
In this fifth 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 to...
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Annie Duflo, Heidi McAnnally-Linz, Radha Rajkotia
November 18, 2020
On behalf of the team at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), congratulations to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on a hard-won victory. At this moment, we call on our new leadership to promote a culture of innovation and to...
COVID and Policing in Mexico
November 18, 2020
To examine how COVID-19 has affected citizen perceptions and the challenges faced by the police, we conducted two complementary studies. The first, focused on public perceptions, was part of our 10-country RECOVR survey measuring a number of COVID-...
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Steven Glazerman
November 12, 2020
As administrator of the IPA IRB (Institutional Review Board), I found our institution in the spotlight recently when critics of an RCT in Kenya raised ethical concerns that went quickly from “How could the PIs do such a thing?” to “Who approved this...
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Dean Karlan, Christopher Udry
November 12, 2020
Social science researchers engaged in primary data collection often consider a range of ethical issues during the planning of their research, but such considerations are rarely articulated upfront or in subsequent articles generated from the...
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November 05, 2020
In 2017, with support from the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (formerly the Department for International Development), J-PAL and IPA jointly launched the Governance, Crime, and Conflict Initiative (GCCI) to increase our...
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November 05, 2020
In this fourth 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 to...
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November 03, 2020
On October 20, the Center for Effective Global Action, a hub for global research development that’s headquartered at UC Berkeley, hosted an online Berkeley Conversations event, “COVID-19 and Forced Displacement in the Global South,” with the...
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October 27, 2020
In a survey of residents in Zambia, IPA found that educational continuity, economic well-being, and food security are critical issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers must contend with twin concerns of continuing to promote risk-mitigation...
Illustration graphic summarizing the conference topics. Obtained via socialprotection.org
October 22, 2020
In this third 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 to...
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Doug Parkerson
October 20, 2020
In the last few years, IPA has redoubled its efforts to move promising evidence-based interventions from initial pilots to scalable and adaptable programs and policies. As anyone working in international development knows, this is a complex process...
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October 19, 2020
In Latin America, the ministries of education in El Salvador (MINED) and Costa Rica (MEP) and the institute of family wellbeing in Colombia (ICBF) joined forces with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)...

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