IPA’s Peace & Recovery program is designed to support field experiments and related research in several broad areas:
- Reducing violence and promoting peace
- Reducing “fragility” (i.e. fostering state capability and institutions of decision making)
- Preventing, coping with, and recovering from crises (focusing on conflict, but also including non-conflict humanitarian crises)
This document highlights the aims, core themes, research questions, and focus countries for P&R calls for proposals which will be taking place twice a year during 2018 and 2019.
Limited financial knowledge, skills, and confidence are associated with suboptimal financial behavior such as low rates of formal savings, limited usage of deposit and transactional accounts, and overindebtedness. The Government of Rwanda, World Bank, and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) partnered to evaluate the impact of financial education delivered through Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) on members’ financial knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior.
Key Findings (these results are preliminary and may change after further data collection and/or analysis):
- Providing financial education to members of SACCOs, and giving the SACCOs more operational autonomy to implement the program, made members more knowledgeable of key financial rules of thumb.
- Members in this group were more likely to report financial attitudes that emphasize saving and responsible borrowing, and to report having—and strictly adhering to—a written budget and financial plan.
- They were also more likely to report saving regularly towards financial goals.
- However, no impacts were found on account usage, borrowing behavior, or financial security, highlighting the challenge of translating changes in knowledge and attitudes into behavioral change.
This document provides application instructions for Round 1 (Fall 2017) of the Peace & Recovery (P&R) Program's request for proposals. The application process contains the following templates for applicants to complete when submitting their applications:
- Template for Pilot and Full Study Proposals
- Template for Exploratory Grant Proposals
- Budget Template (to be used for both Pilot/Full Study and Exploratory Grant Proposals)
In Rwanda, we have continued our global tradition of rigorous, applicable research by building foundational research capacity and conducting evaluations in areas of pressing national concern. Examples of our work below offer promising insights into everyday issues that affect the lives of the Rwandan poor.
In 2013 IPA celebrated ten years of producing high-quality evidence about what works, and what does not work, to improve the lives of the poor. It was a year of celebration for our accomplishments. More so, it was a time to prepare our organization for the next phase as we continue to pursue our vision of a world with More Evidence and Less Poverty.
View an online version of the report at annualreport.poverty-action.org/2013annualreport/
We use detailed contract level data on a portfolio of 197 coffee washing stations in 18 countries to identify the sources and consequences of credit markets imperfections. Due to moral hazard, default rates increase following unanticipated increases in world coffee prices just before (but not just after) the maturity date of the contract. Strategic default is deterred by relationships with the lender and foreign buyers: the value of informal enforcement amounts to 50% of the value of the sale contract for repaying borrowers. A RDD shows that firms are credit constrained. Additional loans are used to increase input purchases from farmers rather than substituting other sources of credit. Prices paid to farmers increase implying the existence of contractual externalities along the supply chain.