On December 13, 2019, IPA will host an interactive webinar on The Skills We Really Need: The Impacts of a Soft Skills and Entrepreneurship Program for Secondary School Students in Uganda. In this webinar, Laura Chioda (World Bank) and Paul Gertler (University of California, Berkeley) will present on the 4-year findings from a randomized evaluation in Uganda of the Educate! Experience program, a social leadership and entrepreneurship skill development program targeting students during the last two years of secondary school. Meghan Mahoney (Educate!) will present on the program and Educate!’s motivation for the evaluation, and Heidi McAnnally-Linz (IPA) will host and moderate.
Webinar, United States
December 13, 2019
On December 11th, IPA is hosting a workshop to discuss promising approaches and interventions to address child stunting. This event is taking place as part of IPA's Consolidation Research Initiative, which aims to move evidence-based approaches to reduce child stunting from proof-of-concept to scalable programs and policies. For the workshop, IPA will convene a small group of experts from a range of backgrounds, including academics and practitioners, to identify and discuss promising evidence-based approaches to prioritize for future research through the initiative. The workshop will focus on approaches that already have evidence for their effectiveness and explore ways that they can be adapted to new contexts and implemented at larger scales.
Washington, DC, United States
December 11, 2019
On December 5, IPA, the Behavioral Government Lab (BGL), and CAF-Development Bank of Latin America will co-host an academic and policy conference to explore the potential of the Behavioral Sciences to improve state capacity and public sector management in developing countries. The event hopes to contribute to the dissemination of lessons from behavioral economics among policymakers in Peru and, consequently, motivate collaborations between public institutions and academia, in order to design and provide socially beneficial policy innovations and public goods.
Lima, Peru
December 05, 2019
From November 27-29, 2019, Education Evidence for Action (EE4A), a coalition of civil society organizations, academics, and government officials under the Ministry of Education (MoE), will host its biannual policy conference in Machakos, Kenya. EE4A has previously organized two policy conferences in 2015 and 2017, and its third conference in 2019 will serve as a proactive strategy to link education evidence to policy and action.
Machakos, Kenya
November 27, 2019 - November 29, 2019
In this event, Esther Duflo will introduce "Good Economics for Hard Times", a new book co-authored with Abhijit Banerjee, where they draw on the best recent economics to demonstrate how to think about these problems differently, and present intelligent, daring solutions based on sound research into real-life situations , towards a society built on compassion and respect. About the Authors: Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
New York City, United States
November 25, 2019
Myanmar Maternal Cash Transfer RCT Workshop
On November 25, IPA Myanmar presented at a workshop discussing the findings from the Randomised Control Trial (RCT) of the Maternal and Child Cash Transfer (MCCT) program by Save the Children in Myanmar's Central Dry Zone. The event was organized by the LIFT Fund and provided an opportunity for key stakeholders working in support of government-led MCCT programs—including the Department of Socal Welfare, the National Nutrition Center, DFID, USAID, the World Bank, and UNICEF—to come together for a technical discussion in light of the recently published findings from the RCT of the MCCT programme led by IPA.
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
November 25, 2019
On November 20-21, the Centro de Estudios Monetarios Lationamericanos (CEMLA) and Banco de México (Mexico's Central Bank) co-hosted the XI Conference of Financial Education and Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event convened representatives from education ministries, treasuries, banking regulators, commercial banks, multilateral organizations, and cooperation organizations in the hemisphere. The conference provided a space to analyze and discuss topics including "Creative and innovative initiatives to provide financial education" and "Technology and digital payments to promote financial inclusion: challenges for financial education and financial consumer protection" among others.
Mexico City, Mexico
November 20, 2019, November 21, 2019
MIMP Presentation
On November 21, the Ministry of Women of Peru hosted a dissemination event where Ursula Aldana (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos) presented the design of “Leaders in Action” a program that trains local leaders to become community health volunteers and raise awareness of gender-based violence (GBV) in their villages, to a policy audience at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP). The presentation also introduced the design of a new arm of the intervention based on group treatment in community meetings to discuss topics related to GBV. This arm will include a qualitative analysis of the study. The event was attended by high-level officials from Peru’s Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, including the Minister of Women, Gloria Montenegro, the Deputy Minister of Women, Patricia Garcés, as well as by different representatives from Peru’s Ministry of Women, the British Ambassador to Peru, Kate Harrison, and the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Gender and Diversity Division Chief Andrew Morrison.
Lima, Peru
November 21, 2019
Training on youth program evaluations in the Sahel
From November 18-22, IPA co-organized a training on the evaluation of youth employment programs, bringing together policymakers, researchers, technical experts, donors, and implementing organizations to foster conversations around the evaluation of youth employment interventions and the implications on policy and programming. Attendees participated in sessions that discussed planning and managing research projects, and building strong partnerships between researchers and policymakers to co-create evidence.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
November 18, 2019 - November 22, 2019
SME Roundtable
The SME Program held its Tenth Working Group meeting at the Sloan School of Management at MIT on November 15, 2019, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The meeting convened SME Program affiliates and friends to discuss innovative research around SMEs and entrepreneurship. Presentations included:
Cambridge, United States
November 15, 2019
On November 13-14, the US Department of Labor's Bureau of International Affairs (ILAB) held an event on "Impact to Action" to release the results of 14 rigorous evaluations examining what works to combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. The studies looked at varied government and non-government programs, including awareness-raising campaigns, girls' mentoring, scholarship and education programs, cash transfers, and other income and livelihoods supports. 
Washington, DC, United States
November 13, 2019 - November 14, 2019
Juan speaking at ICFES
On November 8, IPA Peru Country Director Juan Manuel Hernandez-Agramonte presented at the International Seminar on Educational Research at Instituto Colombiano para el Fomento de la Educación Superior (ICFES). With support from ICFES, IPA Colombia invited Juan to Bogotá to present on his experience of working with MineduLAB to run randomized evaluations in Perú and create institutional capacity within Peru's Ministry of Education to promote decision-making based on rigorous evidence. ICFES also hosted other speakers from several local and international universities and organizations for an audience of teachers, school administrators, policymakers, and private sector foundations.
Bogotá, Colombia
November 08, 2019
On November 8, IPA Myanmar presented at a workshop titled “Agricultural Value Chain Finance in Myanmar: Policy, Practice, and Inclusion.” The event was co-organized by the Myanmar Economic Association (MEA), with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and the DaNa Facility. This one-day workshop covered the current state of policy and practice of agricultural value chain finance in Myanmar, emerging reforms and developments, and opportunities to expand access to agricultural finance in the coming years. It brought together leading stakeholders from the Government of Myanmar, the private sector, NGOs, donor organizations, and researchers, to jointly discuss these critical issues. 
Yangon, Myanmar
November 08, 2019
Myanmar environmental health workshop
On November 8, during Professor Subhrendu K. Pattanayak’s visit to Myanmar for the inception workshop of the solar energy project, IPA Myanmar held a lecture talk to graduate students from the Yangon University of Economics (YUE). This event, titled "Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Human Health: Can Economics Research Help Address these Ominous Links?” was co-hosted by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 6 pm to 7 pm at the YUE campus. This event was attended by partners from the IDRC and Duke University as well as approximately 60 graduate students and 3 YUE professors. This event was mainly targeted for the capacity building of Myanmar's young researchers. It was successfully able to introduce economic research tools and methodologies to local researchers. Using previous research as examples, this lecture also talked about how economic research could help climate change, air pollution, and human health.
Yangon, Myanmar
November 08, 2019

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