The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women and girls globally, widening existing inequalities in livelihoods, burden of care, schooling, and violence. Designing social policies to mitigate these impacts and support educational opportunities for girls—including to help them return to school and strengthen the skills they need to succeed in the workforce—is critical to post-pandemic economic recovery and gender equality.
On January 15, 2021, IPA launched our first-ever Consumer Protection Research Initiative Request for Proposals.
To help researchers prepare proposals for the February 26th deadline, we hosted two identical Question & Answer sessions on Wednesday, February 10th at 6:00AM Eastern Standard Time for those in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and Thursday, February 11th at 2:00PM Eastern Standard Time for those in the United States.
COVID-19’s wide-ranging health and economic impacts have permeated across the world, and much of the research community has pivoted to respond. At IPA, we have launched a major effort—Research for Effective COVID-19 responses, or RECOVR, to support immediate response efforts and provide evidence to decision-makers working to mitigate the impacts of the crisis in the 22 countries where we work.
This webinar is part of IPA's RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South. Together with our partners, we are using this series to rapidly share what we are learning with the policy and research community to support evidence-informed response efforts. More information about other events in the series is available here.
On June 9, 2020, the Financial Inclusion Program at IPA convened a global network of more than 60 researchers working on consumer protection and digital finance issues for the Launch Meeting of the Consumer Protection Research Initiative. This virtual meeting featured presentations by Initiative leadership Xavier Giné of the World Bank and Rafe Mazer of Innovations for Poverty Action, researcher presentations by Dani Madrid-Morales (University of Houston), Matthew Bird (Universidad del Pacifico) and Paolina Medina (Texas A&M), and moderated discussion...
On December 3, IPA, the International Growth Centre (IGC), and Yale University’s Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) hosted “Expanding the Evidence for Policy and Interventions in Cox’s Bazar,” a day-long policy workshop discussing research findings on the influx of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar and how evidence can inform programming and policy.
Co-hosted by the Access to Information (a2i) Program of the Prime Minister’s Office and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
The SME sector has the potential to be a driving force of economic growth and employment creation in Bangladesh; however, a host of market and firm-level challenges are holding back this sector from achieving its full potential. For decades, the Government of Bangladesh and other sector advocates have worked on various initiatives to help small businesses grow; yet large-scale and transformational growth has been an elusive target.
IPA Myanmar led an intensive one-day “Introduction to Program Evaluation” training with government officials in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on October 26th. The seminar covered the following topics: theory of change, experimental and quasi-experimental methods, and a case study on a maternal and child cash transfers Randomized Controlled Trial in Myanmar.
IPA organized a seminar in collaboration with International Growth Center (IGC) on 16 July 2017. The seminar, titled “Seeds of Change in the Garments Industry,” brought together researchers working in different areas of the the garment industry in Bangladesh. In this seminar, IPA researcher Christopher Woodruff, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, presented his research findings on the effectiveness of women in higher level positions in the garment industry.
From March 19-21, 2017, IPA Bangladesh organized a three-day executive course on Evidence-Based Policymaking and Program Design for 29 stakeholders in Bangladesh. Many government officials participated in the training, including the Director General of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning; the Director and Deputy Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office; and the Domain Specialist (Innovation Training) of the Capacity Development Team of the Government’s Access to Information (a2i) Programme.
On July 17th, IPA, the Bangladesh Government's Access to Information Programme (a2i), and the UNDP held a joint seminar at the office of the Prime minister, 'Creating innovation does not guarantee adoption: Using Research to Design Smart Public Policy'.
To eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development goal, the Prime Minister Office’s access to information (a2i) division is working tirelessly to implement various programs with the help of information technology. On 11 April, there was an MOU signing between Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and a2i to evaluate the impacts of these programs in addition to the services provided by the government to the people through research and assessment.
IPA Bangladesh, BRAC, and WaterAid Bangladesh organized an event titled "Impactful Sanitation Policy" at the BRAC Centre in Dhaka on November 5. The conference featured Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale; Co-chair, J-PAL’s Urban Services Initiative, IPA affiliate) as the keynote presenter, along with Shoraez Shahjahan (Country Director, IPA Bangladesh) and Shamim Ahmed (Head of Policy and Advocacy, WaterAid).
The senior-level Evidence-to-Policy workshop was organized by the World Bank, in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, Innovations for Poverty Action, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), and the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).