Media Coverage
October 23, 2012
Given that evaluations of business training programs targeting female subsistence entrepreneurs have shown mixed results, David McKenzie asks if training programs aimed at improving business skills are worth the cost if entrepreneurs are constrained by underlying production technology. He posits that the seemingly small impact of the programs might be improved by combining business training with interventions that address what women entrepreneurs produce and how they produce it.
Dean Karlan, Robert Osei, Isaac Osei-akoto, Christopher Udry
August 17, 2012

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Media Coverage
May 31, 2012
As part of Innovations for Poverty Action’s efforts to evaluate poverty-reduction programs, we posed this question: Would financial education trainings for children in a developing country, with one of the lowest savings rates in Africa, help instill a culture of saving and good financial decision-making in these kids? Would a program like this affect the children’s self-esteem? Or is an additional psycho-social program necessary to affect social and financial knowledge, attitudes, and behavior?
Media Coverage
May 16, 2012
USAID praises Ghana for its advancement in primary education enrollment and highlights the work of the recent Evidence-Based Education conference. An excerpt: The conference dubbed "Evidence Based Education: Policy-Making and Reform in Africa", is being co-hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the Ghana Education Service (GES), The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and USAID.
Dean Karlan, Christopher Udry, Miriam Bruhn, Antoinette Schoar
February 28, 2012

At Academy Award parties on Sunday across the country, people filled out sample ballots to guess the Oscar winners before they were announced. Now we’re doing the same thing. We’ve got a new challenge for all you blog readers out there: predict the results of our studies.

Michael Goodwin
October 04, 2011

The first post in our series comes from Michael Goodwin, Project Coordinator for the Culture & Incentives Project, which, distinctively, spans several countries (Ghana, India, Philippines, Peru).

Read on:

Media Coverage
September 13, 2011
Our Agricultural Insurance product for farmers in Northern Ghana featured in the Daily Graphic.Â
August 24, 2011

The CGAP blog has a couple of updates from our staff managing evaluations of the UltraPoor Graduation Program, Sana Khan in Ethiopia and ...

James Berry, Gregory Fischer, Raymond Guiteras
March 22, 2011

The other day I was talking to Alex Nisichenko, a project associate for IPA who worked on the "Household Clean Water Technology: Valuation, Use & Impact" project in Northern Ghana.

James Berry, Dean Karlan, Menno Pradhan
March 04, 2011

February 24th brought together NGOs in Ghana for a training in impact evaluation methodology.  Staff from IPA prepared a workshop at the request of partners involved in an evaluation of Aflatoun - a social and financial curriculum intended to produce growth in financial knowledge, savings, and self-esteem among children ages 6 to 14.  The program is being assessed in 45 schools in Ghana this year, and implementing partners SNV asked for an introduction to the theory behind the randomized controlled trial in which they are taking part.

March 01, 2011

IPA is evaluating pilots of the CGAP-Ford Ultra-Poor Graduation program in 7 different countries. The idea is to provide a comprehensive package of support to the very poorest, with the hope that at the end of the program they will have moved out of extreme poverty and be able to generate enough income to support themselves. 

Maria Dolores Sanchez Liste reports back on the CGAP blog on the results from our baseline survey in Honduras:

Xavier Giné
January 19, 2011

IPA Research Affiliate Xavier Gine has an article on the World Bank's finance blog discussing microinsurance for farmers. 

Ask small farmers in semiarid areas of Africa or India about the most important risk they face and they will tell you that it is drought. In 2003 an Indian insurance company and World Bank experts designed a potential hedging instrument for this type of risk—an insurance contract that pays off on the basis of the rainfall recorded at a local weather station.

January 16, 2011


World War II created a host of new opportunities for women in the United States to enter employment, replacing male workers who were in the military.

Fast forward to present day Ghana, where violence between the Mamprusis and the Kussassis tribes has led to a government ban on men travelling by motorcycle. 

January 04, 2011

Ghana is home to one of IPA's largest country offices, managing a diverse set of research projects across agriculture, education, access to finance and health, and including a major scale-up initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Education.