July 09, 2018 - July 23, 2018

Improving Accountability for Better Learning Outcomes in Ghana:  Evidence-informed Approaches to Education Policy and Practice

July 2018

(Note: the summit will be held during one of the two weeks in the range specified on this page)

Co-Hosted with the Ministry of Education, Ghana

May 09, 2018 - May 10, 2018


While the world works toward the Sustainable Development Goals, important transformations of the agricultural sector will be required to achieve food security, the eradication of poverty and hunger, and sustainable economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.

This is particularly true in Ghana, where the agricultural sector contributes 19 percent of GDP and absorbs 45 percent of total national employment. Low productivity in agriculture is strongly associated with poverty: 78 percent of the poor population of Ghana lives in rural areas.

Mexico City,Mexico
March 25, 2018 - March 29, 2018

Innovations for Poverty Action's research and policy work will be highlighted in a pair of panel sessions at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference in Mexico City this month. In the first panel, IPA participants will share their experiences working with Ministries of Education in Peru, Ghana, and Zambia to equip policymakers and educators to create, understand, and apply rigorous evidence to their education practice.

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October 10, 2017

Rigorous research shows that high-quality kindergarten (KG) education is critical for children’s successful transition to and success in primary school. Adopting and promoting a developmentally appropriate KG pedagogy is critical to promoting high quality pre-primary education for all.

Ministry of Education, Ghana
March 28, 2017

Towards Quality Education in Ghana: Using Evidence to Achieve Better Learning Outcomes


Co-Hosted with the Ministry of Education, Ghana


Better utilization of evidence in policy and practice can improve learning outcomes.

July 26, 2016

On July 26th, Christine Papai, Deputy Country Director, shared a technical case study of the malaria text message reminders study at the USAID MEASURE / Ghana School of Public Health Impact Evaluation Workshop. The audience included 22 individuals who work in or intend to do impact evaluations. The group was rigorously selected from a pool of 150 and hailed from all over Africa (including Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana).

April 13, 2016

On April 13th, IPA Ghana hosted a dissemination event for the SMART (Study on mHealth and Reproductive Health in Teens) and present findings on the possibility of using mobile phone technology to provide young women with information on adolescent reproductive health (ARH) and safe contraceptive use. Researcher Slawa Rokicki presented findings which showed that both regular and interactive text messages about reproductive health served to significantly increase adolescent girls' knowledge on the subject.

September 17, 2015

Pascaline Dupas (Stanford; Co-Chair, J-PAL’s Health Sector, CEGA and IPA affiliate) and IPA, in collaboration with the World Bank and Ghana’s Ministry of Education (MoE), presented preliminary results from the Ghana Secondary Education Program. This ongoing study is investigating the impact of secondary school scholarships on enrollment and completion, as well as later life outcomes.

May 14, 2015

The first steering committee meeting governing the Urban Drinking Water and Health Outcomes study was held. Participants included representatives from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the Ghana Health Service, and the Ghana Standard Authority, among others.

July 14, 2014

Dean Karlan (Yale; President, IPA; Chair, J-PAL’s Finance and Microfinance Program), Chris Udry (Yale; Co-chair, J-PAL’s Agriculture Program; IPA affiliate), and IPA Ghana staff officially launched the Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies for Smallholders (DIRTS) project, which examines the impact of access to improved-yield agricultural...

May 14, 2012

May 14-15, 2012

Washington D.C.,United States
April 17, 2012

Financial Inclusion Program Director Aishwarya Ratan presented findings from the Aflatoun study conducted by Jim Berry, Dean Karlan, and Menno Pradhan in Ghana.

March 14, 2012

Financial inclusion - ensuring that the poor have access to financial services that are relevant for their lives - has great potential to alleviate poverty, stimulate economic growth and increase the welfare of the poor. In Ghana and other African countries, a wide group of stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, and financial institutions, is investing considerable resources towards bringing savings and other formal financial services to the poor.