Damaris and Besnart
March 09, 2021

To mark the occasion of International Women's Day, IPA presents the second of three blog 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
 "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 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 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.
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Mushfiq Mobarak
November 03, 2020
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Media Coverage
October 26, 2020
In the Boston Globe, Jina Moore writes on how thinking on cash transfers as a form of aid has changed over the years. She reviews the evidence, including a study on cash and nutrition conducted by IPA in Rwanda.
UBI study in Kenya
September 29, 2020
UBI study in Kenya

Research Associate Bonnyface Mwangi conducts a training on the Household Survey for the original UBI endline in Siaya, Kenya (before the...

Media Coverage
September 29, 2020
Vox reviews recent updates and evidence in mobile money, including a study on the impact of providing access to mobile money accounts in Kenya. The piece reflects on how research like this can inform efforts to support the world's unbanked people.
Media Coverage
September 29, 2020
Vox's Future Perfect covers a study with IPA Kenya on the impact of a universal basic income (UBI) trial on personal and economic well-being. A recent paper on the study indicates UBI may help vulnerable households during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Media Coverage
August 31, 2020
NPR’s Goats and Soda podcast covers the long-term impact of Nobel Prize winner, Michael Kremer, and Edward Miguel’s study evaluating school-based deworming in Kenya.
Media Coverage
August 31, 2020
Vox’s Future Perfect features Michael Kremer and Edward Miguel’s 20-year follow-up of their school-based deworming study in Kenya, in a new paper with co-authors Sarah Baird, Joan Harmony, and Michael Walker.
Media Coverage
March 17, 2020
Kenya's The Standard reports on a new IPA-funded study with the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD-Kenya) to address common digital credit market and consumer protection issues.
Media Coverage
December 16, 2019
Vox's Future Perfect reflects on the potential benefits of unconditional cash transfers with the new results of an IPA evaluation of the effects of GiveDirectly's distribution of cash in rural Kenya on the area's broader economy.

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