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:
May 10, 2017
Tina Rosenberg speaks to IPA board member Tavneet Suri, about her work with William Jack and IPA in Kenya on the long-term effects of mobile money in alleviating poverty.
April 15, 2017
In this article, Demand talks with Rachel Steinacher about IPA’s WASH study in Kenya, and chronicles the engineering process that went into testing, developing, and implementing an effective handwashing product. "Highly specific project briefs sometimes make assumptions about user needs, which goes against best practice in human-centered design. But having a clear agenda and focused budget can help balance ideals with constraints."
March 27, 2017
The U.S. News & World Report discusses IPA's behavioral science research and RCT studies that are being conducted throughout Kenya. From the article: Thanks to IPA and outfits like it, the next frontier for nudge theory is being developed in the developing world itself. The epicenter is Kenya – a country with relatively robust infrastructure that serves as a regional hub for international agencies and technology start-ups.
February 24, 2017
This weekend's The New York Times Magazine on The Future of Work has a featured profile on GiveDirectly and the organization's quest to "show the world that a basic income is a cheap, scalable way to aid the poorest people on the planet." Read more about IPA's work with GiveDirectly and cash transfers here.
February 19, 2017
In this episode of the Finding Impact podcast, Liz Jarman talks about how to motivate a network of community health workers and cites an IPA study, whilst ensuring real-time performance management through their health mobile phone app.
January 19, 2017
Quartz includes IPA findings on Kenyans' proximity to the electric grid to explain Kenya's pace of electrification.
January 13, 2017
The Wall Street Journal speaks with IPA affiliate and board member Taveneet Suri about her work with us studying the effects of M-PESA mobile money on Kenyan women's livelihoods.
January 03, 2017
M-Pesa, the world’s largest mobile money network, could be the key to poverty eradication in the developing world based on its success in Kenya where almost 200,000 households headed by women are living above the poverty line as a result of the innovation.