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.