The drum beats in the distance grow louder and the warmth of the flames tickles my arms and face. Dancers around me shimmy at a moderate speed to the rhythm of their own drums awaiting the arrival of the parade of participants from the nearby village. As the two groups merge into one around the bonfire, the sound of the competing drums becomes deafening and the dancing reaches a frenzied pace.
February 19, 2016
Sierra Leone's Awoko news featured IPA's study there on how electoral debates influence voting, with a photo of PI Rachel Glennerseter. Read the full story below.
January 29, 2016
NPR's Hidden Brain podcast featured IPA Sierra Leone's project on reconciliation and forgiveness. PI Oeindrila Dube explains the RCT and potential hidden costs of programs such as this.
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.
February 06, 2015
The development news site DevEx discusses rebuilding West African economies after Ebola, referencing IPA's work studying the disease's economic impact. Read more about IPA's work to support the response to Ebola here, and more on the crucial role of good data in crisis reponse by IPA researchers in the New York Times here.
June 03, 2014
Our research affiliate Rachel Glennerster recently gave an interview on Good Morning Sierra Leone about this study on voter knowledge initiatives. Watch the interview below, and read more about the study here.
Katherine Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Kelly Bidwell
March 15, 2013
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