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May 08, 2017
New Haven, CT May 8 - Savings groups popular in rural areas of developing countries – in which people pool money for saving and borrowing – empower women, increase business investment, and provide greater access to financial services, according to a new three-country study released in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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April 05, 2017
GhanaWeb has a recap of the recent large Ghana Education Evidence Summit, where a number of stakeholders gathered to discuss evidence-based education solutions. Read the full article below, or find more about the conference here.
February 27, 2017
On February 27, IPA Ghana signed an MOU with the Ghana Education Service (GES), the government division responsible for Ghana’s pre-tertiary education (pre-primary, primary, and secondary schooling). Through this MOU, GES and IPA aim to:
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January 01, 2017
IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo and Senior Policy Communications Associate Jeff Mosenkis write about our work in The Washington Post. Arguing against prevailing views that the world is getting worse, they show that many measures of poverty have been improving, and cite four recent areas where we've learned what works. Read the full piece from the link below.
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October 06, 2016
The Economist talks about IPA's work in microcredit, flexible repayment loans, and ultra-poor graduation studies.
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October 05, 2016
For the 2.5 billion people who live on less than $2 per day, shocks such as illness, crop failures, livestock deaths, farming-equipment breakdowns and even wedding or funeral expenses can be enough to tip them, their families, or even an entire community below the poverty line. A major challenge for international development efforts is determining which financial tools provide durable buffers against such setbacks.
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September 07, 2016
NPR's Planet Money talks with IPA's Lindsey Shaughnessy, and researchers Dean Karlan and Chris Udry of Yale about IPA's research in Ghana uncovering why farmers don't invest more in their field. Here's the full episode "The Risk Farmers" and the shorter version from Morning Edition
August 18, 2016
  Ghana Education Evidence Summit “Towards Quality Education in Ghana: Using Evidence to Achieve Better Learning Outcomes”28 March 2017Call for Papers Announcement
July 26, 2016

By Arthur Sagot-Duvauroux

It takes time for an organization to influence policy decisions. It requires rigorous work to be trusted as a professional and high-quality organization. Relationships need to be established and expanded to the point that decision makers listen and solicit your opinion.

How can you secure such relationships when in just over a year the country goes through a popular uprising, a transitional government, a coup d’état, and democratic elections?

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April 13, 2016
The Ghana Pulse reports on a talk by PI Slawa Rokicki presenting results from a study of sexual health education study. The study, conducted with high school senior girls around Accra found that a 3-month program regular SMS messages and quizzes about reproductive health improved knowledge on those topics significantly, even at a follow-up fifteen months later.
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November 19, 2015
Stanford Social Innovation Review reports on IPA and our partners' six-country evaluation of the "graduation" approach to helping those who make under $1.25 a day. According to Harvard economist Michael Kremer  "’s very encouraging. We’re not going to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. But we can get most of the way there with the tools that we have available.”
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November 02, 2015
A rigorous set of studies published in January has helped to more firmly establish microcredit’s limitations. A team of leading microfinance academics from Yale, Dartmouth, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology compared the gains in living standards among borrowers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Mongolia, and Morocco with those of non-borrowers, measuring household consumption and income. The researchers concluded that, in all six countries, microcredit’s benefits were moderate, at best, and not transformational.
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October 29, 2015
Over the last two decades, near universal access to primary schooling has been achieved in Ghana. Access at the secondary level has also improved, but secondary school is much more expensive, both for families and for the Government. Policymakers are now confronted with the next question: what, if anything, should be done to promote access to secondary school? To answer this question, it is important to understand the benefits of secondary school.
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August 11, 2015
The Ghana Graphic reports on IPA's work there on a scalable way to improve early childhood education in the country. 
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July 06, 2015
IPA researcher Chris Blattman thoughtfully considers what we know about anti-poverty programs that work, and how to make them better. Specifically, he looks at our research on the Graduation model, the six-pronged approach to helping the poorest of the poor, whose results were recently published in Science.