Co-written with Alejandra Martinez
November 22, 2019
The Economist writes on the broader impact of cash transfers, citing an IPA study of GiveDirectly's program in rural Kenya where unconditional cash grants raised consumption—both for the households who received them and their neighbors— and also raised wages and local GDP.
October 29, 2019
In the wake of Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer being announced as winners of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, their research has been highlighted by news outlets across the world.
September 27, 2019
In a Quartz piece on the effects about the proliferation of digital lending apps throughout Africa, director of IPA's new Digital Consumer Protection Project, Rafe Mazer, explains why it's important to develop systems to protect borrowers.
June 20, 2019
In an op-ed, Daily Nation discusses an ongoing IPA evaluation, in partnership with GiveDirectly, on the effects of universal basic income (UBI) in rural Kenya.
May 28, 2019
Researchers David Evans and Fei Yuan review evidence from around the world showing that there is no need to focus just on girls’ education. Most interventions that improve education for girls also help boys. They cite an IPA study in Kenya in which providing scholarships to high-performing sixth-grade girls helped classroom performance in general, not just for girls.
January 28, 2019
The Star reports on an IPA study that tested the impact of providing rural households in Kenya with bank accounts for the first time. Although the overall use of these accounts was low, they helped some households to be more financially stable and independent.
November 27, 2018
Originally reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Daily Mail covers an ongoing IPA evaluation, in partnership with GiveDirectly, evaluating the effects of universal basic income (UBI) in rural Kenya.
November 27, 2018
Spiegel Online covers an ongoing IPA study, in partnership with GiveDirectly, evaluating the effects of a universal basic income (UBI) in rural Kenya.
July 18, 2018
Nature's news section covers an evaluation in Kenya conducted by IPA and GiveDirectly on the effects of a universal basic income (UBI), a type of unconditional cash transfer that is enough to meet basic needs, and delivered to everyone within a community. Researchers are monitoring the short and long-term effects of UBI as well as their effect on factors including economic status, time use, risk-taking, and gender relations.
July 18, 2018
PBS NewsHour covers Kenya's Last Mile Connectivity Project, which aims to connect 70% of the country to electricity, with a focus on rural communities. However, IPA’s research in Kenya has shown that contrary to many people’s beliefs, a large proportion of Kenyans already live underneath electrical lines, they just lack the connection to them. IPA alumna Susanna Berkouwer spoke about her current research team's work surveying the impact of electricity on people's lives.
James Habyarimana, William Jack
July 02, 2018
April 30, 2018
BBC News highlights an ongoing IPA study, in partnership with GiveDirectly, evaluating the effects of universal basic income (UBI) in rural Kenya.
April 17, 2018
By Alejandra Martinez and Danielle Moore