Heidi McAnnally-Linz
July 15, 2015
In June, our Kenya team signed an MOU with the Kenyan government Vision 2030 program to collaborate on research outreach and public policy forums, particularly on themes related to the Sustainable Development Goals. The first such forum was last...
Egypt Carpet
Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig
July 10, 2015
Editors note: This is a cross-post with NextBillion. In 2009, Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization that works to create market opportunities for artisans around the world, set up a program in Egypt. The goal was to support the growth of small...
Stephanie Wykstra
April 15, 2015
Innovations for Poverty Action was pleased to recently host a talk by Courtney Soderberg from the Center for Open Science (COS). COS aims to help researchers increase the transparency and reproducibility of their work. Founded in 2013 by...
Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig, Lucia Sanchez
April 07, 2015
Rwanda’s national economy relies heavily on coffee, which accounts for 30% of the country’s exports. Coffee washing businesses that dry the farmers' coffee beans before export are an important part of the supply chain behind those exports. Each year...
March 23, 2015
By Konstantin Peric & Jake Kendall   Editors Note: Our partner, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has asked us to share this announcement with the financial inclusion community.     Until recently, achieving financial inclusion for the...
Nolwenn Gontard
March 19, 2015
By Nolwenn Gontard   Editor’s note: in October 2014 IPA’s West Africa programs director woke up at 5AM to his cell phone ringing and a staffer reassuring him “the Parliament is on fire, but don’t worry, everybody’s fine, we’re going to work from...
March 08, 2015
By Erin Scronce Editors note: This post appeared originally on the World Bank Private Sector Development blog. On Friday, February 27, researchers, policymakers, investors and practitioners joined forces to move forward in the dialogue around...
Gregory Dobbels
March 02, 2015
Until recently, the drive towards financial inclusion was commonly framed in terms of access. Yet as the explosion of digital financial services and simplified account opening procedures have begun to make financial services accessible to the poor,...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
February 19, 2015
Inspired by previous years, it started out innocently enough: Hey @charlesjkenny are we doing #developmentvalentines again this year? — Timothy Ogden (@timothyogden) February 12, 2015 I support it RT @timothyogden: Hey @charlesjkenny are we doing #...
Amber Davis, Zahra Niazi
February 02, 2015
Editor’s note: This cross-post appeared originally on NextBillion.net here.   Mobile money is spreading at a rapid pace throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. There are 203 million registered mobile money accounts worldwide and 256 mobile money...
Share of adults who saved at a formal financial institution in 2010
Gregory Dobbels
December 23, 2014
  In Malawi, just 8 percent of adults saved at a formal financial institution in 2010 (data here, PDF paper here). While this number may seem strikingly low, Malawi is a fairly typical example of a low-income country where the poor are underserved...
Sophie Ayling
December 22, 2014
In Peru, the average recipient of a conditional cash transfer payment has to travel five hours to get to the nearest bank branch or ATM, spending 10% of the payment in transportation costs along the way.   As of the first quarter of 2014, there were...
Sneha Stephen, Pooja Wagh
December 17, 2014
In the past couple of decades, the world has experienced a radical shift in the way information is accessed and delivered. The technological revolution has made it possible for most people in rich countries and a significant number in poor countries...
Laura Burke
December 10, 2014
  Development policy should be redesigned to reflect new insights about human behavior, according to a new World Bank report. The report calls on the development community to shift its agenda based on new insights in behavioral economics, and...
Laura Burke
November 24, 2014
Since first appearing in March 2014 in rural Guinea, the Ebola virus has infected at least 17,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and killed more than 6,300, according to figures from the Center for Disease Control from early December...
November 14, 2014
  Watanic Jabateh, an enumerator for IPA in Liberia, died on October 9, 2014. She was 25.   Jabateh began working as an enumerator for IPA-Liberia in July 2013. She helped gather data from some 3,000 out-of school youth in urban Monrovia on a...
November 12, 2014
Now Accepting Proposals: Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprise Growth IPA's Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Initiative is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications to the 8th round of the...
Heather Lanthorn
November 03, 2014
  Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Heather Lanthorn, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health, who worked on the SMS reminders for malaria study. After the data collection was complete, she conducted a qualitative follow-up...
Pooja Wagh, Beniamino Savonitto
October 23, 2014
    Uganda has one of the highest primary school drop-out rates in the world. Though the country abolished most primary school fees in 1997, a recent UNICEF report found that 81% of parents cited financial constraints as the reason why their...
Amber Davis
October 20, 2014
  In Uganda, nearly half of surveyed adults were unable to correctly answer a question about interest rates according to a recent Finscope study. When asked “If you were offered a loan with 5% monthly interest rate and a loan with 20% annual...