With our partners, IPA is hosting the RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South. In this series, we are sharing new research findings and policy perspectives from IPA and our partner organizations on the COVID-19 crisis in order to support evidence-informed response efforts. All webinars are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Webinar, United States
June 11, 2020, July 02, 2020, July 08, 2020
Pakistan’s microfinance sector faces a crisis unlike anything it has experienced before. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens 7.3 million low-income Pakistani households that rely on microfinance institutions for access to capital and other financial services. Economists Muhammad Meki, Farah Said, and coauthors in Pakistan, surveyed 1,000 microfinance clients in Punjab, Sindh, and Kashmir regions one week after the country’s lockdown began. This webinar, co-hosted with FinDev Gateway, will present results from the survey, as well as interviews with the microfinance institutions that serve these clients, for a detailed picture of the impact of Pakistan’s lockdown on households and the industry overall. IPA's Financial Inclusion Program Director, Rebecca Rouse will moderate the panel with Muhammad Meki (University of Oxford), Farah Said (Lahore School of Economics), and Timothy Ogden (Financial Access Initiative).
Webinar, United States
July 08, 2020
This webinar will share findings from the first round of the RECOVR survey in Ghana and also cover how decision-makers are using the results to continually adapt their responses to changing demands and to plan for long-term strategies.
Webinar, United States
July 02, 2020
In many developing countries poor people who are already struggling with a lack of income due to the health impact of the coronavirus pandemic have been targeted by online fraudsters. A concerted effort by the public and private sectors is needed to protect customers through educational efforts and high visibility law enforcement actions. IPA will share ongoing efforts to identify these scams via surveys, social media analysis, and other research tools.
Webinar, United States
June 30, 2020
On June 29, IPA hosted a webinar titled “Promoting Early Childhood Development: Recent Evidence and Policy Lessons,” the third webinar in a three-part series on evidence in education, from preparing young adults for the workforce to school management to early childhood development.
Webinar, United States
June 29, 2020
On June 11, 2020, IPA and the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation & Scale (Y-RISE) hosted the first webinar in the RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South, centered on COVID-19, mobility, and migration.
Webinar, United States
June 11, 2020
On June 9, 2020, the Financial Inclusion Program at IPA convened a global network of more than 60 researchers working on consumer protection and digital finance issues for the Launch Meeting of the Consumer Protection Research Initiative. This virtual meeting featured presentations by Initiative leadership Xavier Giné of the World Bank and Rafe Mazer of Innovations for Poverty Action, researcher presentations by Dani Madrid-Morales (University of Houston), Matthew Bird (Universidad del Pacifico) and Paolina Medina (Texas A&M), and moderated discussion groups on the topics below. This interactive virtual meeting helped the team better understand researcher interest and solicit feedback on research priorities and innovative methods that will lead to improved market monitoring, improved customer experience, and expanded consumer choice in the initiative's priority markets. 
Webinar, United States
June 09, 2020
On June 2 and June 8, IPA Philippines participated in two Policy Dialogue sessions hosted by the Department of Education (DepEd) Policy Research and Development Division (PRRD). On June 2, select Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office units joined the session and on June 8 select DepEd Regional Offices, Schools Division Offices, and schools participated. The policy dialogues explored potential options for effective distance learning modalities. IPA and Pratham India were invited to share learnings and experiences on implementing remote learning interventions to ensure continuity of learning during the pandemic. Insights from Pratham India and discussions about policy issues on remote learning will form part of the policy memo to be prepared by the DepEd PRRD. IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri spoke about the importance of using evidence to design programs and the need to integrate a learning agenda in DepEd's plans. IPA will continue to collaborate with DepEd by working to provide data and policy support in preparation for the opening of classes in late August 2020.
Online, Philippines
June 02, 2020, June 08, 2020
On June 5, IPA Myanmar shared results of a study on maternal cash transfers as part of Centers for Learning Evaluations and Results (CLEAR)'s online gLocal Evaluation Week. IPA Myanmar Country Director, Ricardo Morel presented on the evaluation of the impact of cash transfers to mothers—both with and without social and behavioral change communication (SBCC)—on determinants and indicators of child malnutrition.
Online, Myanmar
June 05, 2020
On June 2, 2020, IPA hosted a webinar titled, "From Research to Policy in School Management and Accountability: Rigorous Evidence from Randomized Evaluations," the second in a three-part webinar series on rigorous evidence in education, from preparing young adults for the workforce to early childhood education to school management.
Webinar, United States
June 02, 2020
IPA Côte d'Ivoire signs MoU with DGE
On May 29, IPA Côte d'Ivoire and the Direction Générale de l'Emploi (DGE) of the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement specifies how IPA will assist the Ministry with a special focus on the most vulnerable populations (youth, entrepreneurs in the informal sector, workers with handicaps, women, etc.). IPA and the Ministry have been forming this partnership for over a year and are particularly interested in conducting policy-relevant research. For the first activity under this MoU, IPA and the DGE are working together to base, as much as possible, the COVID-19 response on data collected through the RECOVR initiative. 
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
May 29, 2020
On May 28, IPA Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) convened the first in a series of workshops with key Early Childhood Education (ECE) stakeholders to share evidence and lessons learned from various ECE programs and identify strategies to inform contextually-relevant solutions for the implementation of the ECE programming in Ghana. IPA Ghana hosted this first workshop which focused on family and community engagement.
Webinar, Ghana
May 28, 2020