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).
The Savings and Payments Research Fund (SPRF), and the Institute for Policy Studies of Sri Lanka hosted a four-day training to help researchers learn more about experimental design for savings and payments research.