On October 29, IPA Rwanda co-hosted a workshop to present preliminary findings from two studies, evaluating the impact of connecting off-the-grid communities to electricity on household welfare as well as the impact of business model interventions on the continued use of off-grid LED lighting distribution. Key Rwandan energy stakeholders shared their experience as major players in the sector.
How do standard development programs compare to just giving people cash? What is the most effective and scalable way to address the challenge of child malnutrition?
Principal Investigator Doug Randall and Senior Research Associate Emmanuel Hakizimfura for the Financial Education through Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) in Rwanda project shared preliminary results which showed very positive effects of training SACCO members on financial management, saving, budgeting and other aspects...
Workshop on Phase One Implementation of Financial Education through SACCOs Program: Overview, Lessons Learned, and Impact Evaluation
IPA Rwanda hosted an Impact Evaluation and Scientific Writing workshop at Hotel Portofino, Kigali. The training covered several topics such as an introduction to impact evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis, scientific writing in economics and public health, IPA's role as a high-quality evidence provider, and more. An interesting approach used encouraged participants to take part in cases practice and complete results interpretation and writing exercises which were followed by plenary discussions.
The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and the District of Gicumbi hosted a launch event to celebrate the successful implementation of a pilot phase of the Water Tanks Loan Project in Nyankenke, a sector in Gicumbi district. IPA Rwanda and J-PAL Africa’s policy teams have been working together to support the RAB in its implementation of the pilot project. Speakers at the event included Gicumbi's mayor and RAB's Director of Animal Production.
IPA, the International Growth Centre, and Laterite hosted the 4th Rwanda Research Roundtable. The theme of the event was “Insights from Behavioural Economics.” Annie Duflo (Executive Director, IPA) spoke about “Scaling Up Interventions: Lessons for Behavioral Policy.” The Rwanda Research Roundtable (R3) is an informal forum for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners seeking to advance the research agenda in Rwanda.
On 18 July, 2014, the National Bank of Rwanda, in collaboration with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), the African Development Bank, and the World Bank, held an international conference on financial inclusion to commemorate the National Bank of Rwanda’s 50th Anniversary. The conference brought together key stakeholders in the region to discuss the importance of financial inclusion to help alleviate poverty and promote healthy financial systems.
Aishwarya Ratan (Financial Inclusion Program Director, IPA) attended a conference on financial inclusion hosted by the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), the African Development Bank, the National Bank of Rwanda, and the World Bank to commemorate the National Bank of Rwanda’s fiftieth anniversary. The conference brought together key stakeholders in the region to discuss the importance of financial inclusion to alleviate poverty and promote healthy financial systems.
Nathanael Goldberg (Senior Policy Director, IPA) presented the findings from evaluations of IPA's Targeting the Ultra Poor projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Pakistan, and Peru at the Graduation and Social Protection Conference in Kigali, Rwanda on May 8. The Institute of Development Studies and the Government of Rwanda hosted the conference.