Co-written with Alejandra Martinez
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
Learning More from Impact Evaluations: Contexts, Mechanisms and Theories of Literacy Instruction Interventions
Matthew Jukes, Margaret (Peggy) Dubeck, Elizabeth Turner, Hellen Inyega, Elizabeth Adelman, Katherine Halliday, Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski, Sharon Wolf, Simon Brooker
April 03, 2018
Editor's note: this is a cross-posting with the RTI blog.
March 20, 2018
DevEx reports on the role that satellite technology can play in addressing global food security. Among other sources, they cite an an IPA Kenya study, done with a Stanford research team, which collected ground data from thousands of smallholder farm plots in Kenya. Data such as this can be combined with high-resolution satellite imagery to make valuable predictions about crop productivity.
March 14, 2018
IPA-affiliated researcher Keneth Lee writes in Forbes about his evaluation with Catherine Wolfram, Ted Miguel, and IPA-Kenya. They found that, counter to conventional wisdom, connecting rural households in Kenya to the electrical supply had no statistically significant effects on income, employment or educational achievement. Lee argues that "Lifting people out of poverty may require a more comprehensive approach to ensure that electricity is not only affordable, but is also reliable, useable, and available to the whole community, paired with other important investments".
January 20, 2018
In an op-ed in the Daily Nation, IPA Kenya Country Director Suleiman Asman and IPA Associate Director of Policy & Communications Heidi McAnnally-Linz discuss IPA's extensive breadth of work in Kenya to date and the opportunities for rigorous evidence to inform the country's education policies and improve student learning outcomes.
December 27, 2017
On November 21, IPA and the government of Kenya's Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat co-hosted a one-day policy forum to discuss evidence and relevant policy lessons in health, water, and sanitation. The Star (Kenya) reported on the conference and the broader state of the health sector in Kenya.
November 15, 2017
In the Financial Times, MIT's Tavneet Suri writes on the importance of good data for effective philanthropy in sub-Saharan Africa, citing IPA as an organization building the infrastructure for impact evaluations. Suri mentions her IPA-implemented study on the long-term effects of mobile money in Kenya as a model for impact evaluation involving private-sector partners.
November 10, 2017
The Economist mentions the finding from an IPA study on mobile money in Kenya that the technology may have lifted as many as 2 percent of Kenyan households out of poverty between 2008 and 2014.
August 15, 2017
The Peace & Recovery (P&R) Program at Innovations for Poverty Action is launching its first request for proposals, through an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form available now. Expressions of Interest are due on September 15, 2017. The P&R Program is designed to support field experiments and related research in several broad areas: