Media Coverage
August 20, 2014
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced an ambitious plan to expand financial inclusion by making bank accounts available to every Indian family.
Media Coverage
August 04, 2014
  Read about a recent IPA training workshop in Malawi in The Nation. More about the fingerprinting scale-up mentioned in the article is available here. 
August 04, 2014
Thomas Munthali, director of IPA Malawi, talks to the Nyasa Times about an upcoming research symposium that will be co-organized by IPA.  
Media Coverage
April 07, 2014
Foreign Affairs highlights how financial inclusion efforts have benefited from rigorous studies, including IPA's. The article reviews IPA study findings on bolstering savings through text messages, increasing financial discipline through commitment accounts, and stimulating investment through automatic deposits.
Malawian farmers gather around a computer to observe the fingerprinting technology used in the study.
Dean Yang
Xavier Giné, Jessica Goldberg, Dean Yang
November 09, 2012
Jonathan Robinson, Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer, Frank Schilbach
August 29, 2012
On a recent sunny Friday in Lilongwe, IPA Malawi hosted its first Research Discussion. These events provide policy-makers and practitioners with a forum to discuss IPA research projects, research findings, and other poverty research-related issues in Malawi. IPA affiliate Jon Robinson has been working in Western Kenya for over ten years, studying how to increase farm productivity through encouraging use of fertilizer and other agricultural inputs.
Xavier Giné, Jessica Goldberg, Dean Yang, Lasse Brune
May 23, 2012

This blog was originally posted on the USAID Microlinks Blog after Aishwarya Ratan's presentation at their After Hours Seminar #61, "Matching Products with Preferences: Innovations in Commitment Savings for the Poor."

Xavier Giné, Jessica Goldberg, Dean Yang
January 07, 2011

Without a national system to track identity, lenders in developing nations are challenged by identity fraud, rendering the establishment of credit bureaus near impossible.

Biometric technology such as using computers to track identity with fingerprints may be a possible solution.   Xavier Giné, Jessica Goldberg, and Dean Yang’s research explores the use of fingerprinting in Malawi as a method of repayment tracking and loan enforcement. Check out the study summary here.

Xavier Giné, Jessica Goldberg, Dean Yang, Lasse Brune
November 22, 2010

Last week Melinda Gates announced new funding of $500 million for micro-savings services in the developing world. In her speech she cited research being conducted by IPA on commitment savings accounts in Malawi. These accounts have had huge huge impacts, increasing bank deposits, farm investments, and ultimately consumption.

Media Coverage
November 30, 2009
Profiles the research and results of IPA Research Affiliates and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, discussing results from work by Abhijit Banerjee, Rachel Glennerster, Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel, and Karthik Muralidharan.