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March 23, 2015
Until recently, achieving financial inclusion for the world’s unbanked poor was a pressing goal with perplexing obstacles. But in several countries across Asia, Africa and beyond, a possible solution is starting to emerge. Mobile payment systems...
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Nolwenn Gontard
March 19, 2015
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 home today.” In a blog post below,...
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March 08, 2015
Researchers, policymakers, investors and practitioners joined forces to move forward in the dialogue around microcredit’s impact on the lives of the poor. Many themes emerged from the day, but perhaps the most salient came from Dean Karlan, who...
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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
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Amber Davis, Zahra Niazi
February 02, 2015
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 services in operation, an impressive 100 percent increase over 2011. The...
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Gregory Dobbels
December 23, 2014
 
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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.  
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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...
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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...
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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.  
November 12, 2014
Now Accepting Proposals: Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprise Growth
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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...
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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...
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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...
Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig, Lucia Sanchez
October 06, 2014
  Editor's note: This piece originally appeared in The Broker Business training programs are a popular tool used by policy-makers to promote SME growth. However, recent evidence suggests that these programs rarely lead to firm growth or job creation...
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Aaron Dibner-Dunlap, Ayso van Eysinga
September 29, 2014
 
Nathanael Goldberg
September 23, 2014
 
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