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May 07, 2021

By Bless Rachael Adzahli, Kobbina Awuah, Abdoulaye Cissé, Claudio Mlamka, and Frank Odhiambo

Note: This is a guest post by the Graduate Applications International Network (GAIN).


African scholars are strongly under-represented in economics research globally. At the same time, potentially excellent graduate school candidates from Africa face information and economic constraints that may hinder their possibilities of being admitted to graduate programs. 

Media Coverage
April 30, 2021
BRAC's Lindsay Coates & J-PAL's John Floretta reflect in Project Syndicate on the need for evidence-based poverty solutions in the time of COVID-19.
Media Coverage
March 28, 2021
News Ghana marked the closing of the Capacity Development of Farmer Based Cooperatives and Organisations office in Tamale and the conclusion of its project, funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency. The article highlights the use of the Poverty Probability Index (PPI®), a tool designed to be used as an easy measure of the poverty likelihood of a group, used by the project.
Olga and Hilda
March 08, 2021

To mark the occasion of International Women's Day, IPA presents the first of three posts this week interviewing female policymakers we've worked with in different countries around the world. They told us about their experiences working in government and promoting a culture of evidence-based policymaking within their institutions, how the COVID-19 pandemic changed their work, and what long-term impacts they hope to achieve in the sectors in which they work.

Media Coverage
February 23, 2021
In Reuters, Shana Warren, one of the 20 co-authors of a recently published study on the impact of COVID-19 in nine lower- and middle-income countries, argues that emergency cash assistance is vital to helping economically disadvantaged households stay afloat while curbing the spread of the virus.
Media Coverage
February 23, 2021
 "This is not a slow burn of a recession. This happened really fast. What that means is that people don't really have time to have prepared for it." IPA's Shana Warren describes to NPR what she and 25 co-authors found from tracking how 30,000 households in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone were affected by the COVID crisis. She describes how the povety  consequences around the wold have been different and worse than what we've seen in past.
Media Coverage
February 23, 2021
Vox reports on the results from a new paper that features data on the economic shock of the pandemic experienced by tens of thousands of vulnerable households across nine lower- and middle-income countries. The phone survey conducted from April to July 2020 found that while the effects varied significantly country by country, overall, developing nations are weathering higher rates of food insecurity, loss of income, and other negative long-term impacts.
Media Coverage
February 22, 2021
The Financial Times reports on findings from a new survey of an estimated 100,000 people in Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Nepal, and the Philippines between April and June last year.
Press Release
February 05, 2021
Washington, D.C..—The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp decline in living standards and rising food insecurity in developing countries across the globe, according to a new study by an international team of economists.
Bangladesh masks study
January 28, 2021
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Media Coverage
November 28, 2020
Researchers Elisabetta Aurino and Sharon Wolf write in The Conversation about the impact of food insecurity on early child development.
Press Release
September 29, 2020
Imperial College London announces a new study with IPA-Ghana and Dr Elisabetta Aurino, looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures have affected children's learning, health, and food security.
Media Coverage
July 28, 2020
Dutch-African development platform, Include, highlights the RECOVR Research Hub, recapping IPA's webinar on the RECOVR survey in Ghana and pointing to the Hub's range of studies and surveys, from a phone survey in Senegal and a
Food security
July 10, 2020

By Charles Amoatey, Elliott Collins, and Madeleen Husselman

In March, Ghana, like much of the world, adopted social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Measures included the closings of schools and universities, suspension of gatherings of over 25 people, and partial lockdowns in major urban areas. 

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