June 30, 2022
Business Day reports on a new IPA report finding high fees and lack of transparency may erode Nigerian consumers' trust in digital financial services.
May 30, 2022
Nigeria’s The Nation reports on findings from an IPA survey on the many barriers faced by Nigerians trying to use digital financial services, including lack of transparency and high costs, and the new partnership between IPA and the Central Bank of Nigeria to address them. You can read more about the research findings in this blo
March 31, 2022
Science's policy forum includes reflections from several prominent IPA-affiliated researchers on the impacts of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and how to best address them.
March 31, 2022
Nigeria's Premium Times highlights a report by IPA and the Inclusion for All initiative on a joint study measuring transparency and transaction costs for digital financial services. Read more about the study below or in this blog post.
December 16, 2021
Forgiveness Messaging Increases Willingness to Accept Former Boko Haram Fighters Returning Home, New Study Shows
October 12, 2021
Washington, DC—Demobilized Boko Haram militants facing reintegration might be helped by supportive messaging from religious leaders, according to a study released today.
August 31, 2021
A piece in The Guardian argues for the need to prioritize the response to COVID-19 and other viruses in developing countries and cites a survey conducted by IPA and over 30 other institutions which found overall that people in lower-income countries were more interested in getting a COVID vaccine than in the higher-icnome countries studied.
July 30, 2021
Nature's news service highlights key findings from a study conducted by IPA and over 30 other institutions surveying nearly 45,000 people in 12 countries which found willingness to get a COVID vaccination was higher in lower-income countries than in Russia and the U.S.
Study Finds COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Is Higher in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Than in Richer Countries
July 19, 2021
Study examines vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in 10 low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. New research published in Nature Medicine reveals willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine was considerably higher in developing countries (80% of respondents) than in the United States (65%) and Russia (30%).
Nature Medicine Commentary on COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
July 16, 2021
Nature Medicine features commentary by Shingai Machingaidze and Charles Shey Wiysonge on the new study "COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in low- and middle-income countries." They argue that the findings of the study "suggest that prioritizing distribution of vaccines to LMICs is justified not only on equity grounds but also on the expectation of higher marginal returns in maximizing global coverage at a faster rate."
March 29, 2021
NPR's Planet Money economics podcast re-ran their episode, "Nigeria: You Win!" about the entrepreneurship training and competition program run in that country, which was very effective. The update features new conversations with paint seller Lariat Alhassan, and economist David McKenzie, to see how the results have held up, four years later.
October 18, 2018
Quartz discusses how a business plan competition in Nigeria evaluated by IPA with the World Bank's David McKenzie gave $100 million to over 3,000 entrepreneurs between 2012 and 2015. The program's success points to promising evidence for spurring economic growth, and is being copied in Kenya and elsewhere. You can hear a full episode of the NPR podcast Planet Money, explaining how the program in Nigeria worked, here.
May 20, 2016
NPR's Planet Money podcast featured a full episode on an IPA's study which randomized a national competition in Nigeria giving away $58 million dollars to aspiring entrepreneurs. They speak with study author David McKenzie of the World Bank, IPA researcher Chris Blattman of Columbia University, and the former Finance Minister of Nigeria about the unexpected success of the program, and what was learned for bolstering economic growth and hiring.
May 16, 2016
National Public Radio's flagship news program All Things Considered featured a story on IPA's study in Nigeria on spurring economic growth.
November 10, 2015
Political debates are good even when they’re bad. Even when candidates are cringe-worthy, they’re cringe-worthy in public view. And voters learn about all the candidates, not just new ones. In the United States, for example, Hillary Clinton has been center stage in political life for 24 years. Donald Trump is the very definition of “overexposed.” Still, the debates tell us new things about them — their positions, temperament, grace under pressure (or lack thereof), charisma and political skill.