On June 21, IPA Philippines presented to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines Research Reference Group (RRG) meeting on Research and Experimentation on Digital Financial Inclusion. The RRG is composed of the research teams of UNDP-funded digital financial inclusion experimentation projects, which includes IPA and KindMind, and key stakeholders such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri (Country Director, IPA Philippines) and Cesi Cruz (Assistant Professor Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia) gave an overview of the Philippines Nimble Experimentation on Digital Financial Literacy Inclusion research. The study will identify effective ways of activating and sustaining regular usage of newly opened digital financial accounts as a result of the government’s COVID-19 response—Social Amelioration Program (digital disbursement of emergency cash subsidy)--in order to achieve long term financial inclusion goals.
Manila, Philippines
June 21, 2021
On June 17 in a virtual roundtable, researchers Christopher Udry and Robert Darko Osei discussed the results of a study commissioned by the International Growth Centre, in partnership with IPA, that evaluates a mobile cash transfer program in Ghana that was launched in mid-2020 as a result of the pandemic.
Webinar, Ghana
June 17, 2021
On June 14, IPA presented the results from the Digital Cash Transfer Monitoring Study to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Social Amelioration Program (SAP—emergency subsidy) Small Working Group. IPA, in collaboration with the DSWD and the World Bank, conducted a phone survey of SAP beneficiaries to understand beneficiary experience with digital G2P payment delivery through financial service providers.
Webinar, Philippines
June 14, 2021
On June 3rd, IPA and J-PAL will host the fourth webinar in a series showcasing emerging results and policy lessons from the first three years of the Governance, Crime, and Conflict (GCCI) Initiative.
Webinar, United States
June 03, 2021
From June 1-2, IPA Philippines conducted a two-day virtual capacity building workshop with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The workshop is part of the ongoing partnership between IPA and the DSWD to provide technical expertise and build the in-house capacity of government staff to conduct research and evaluation projects and to improve monitoring capabilities for the different programs and projects of the Department. IPA led sessions on Introduction to Theory of Change & M&E Frameworks, Measurement and Survey Design, and Remote Data Collection. More than 40 participants who are research and evaluation focal persons from the DSWD Field and Central Offices completed the program. Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri (IPA Philippines Country Director), Peter Srouji (Deputy Country Director), Yuna Liang (Research Coordinator), and Karisha Anne Cruz (Policy Associate) spoke at the event.
Webinar, Philippines
June 01, 2021, June 02, 2021
On June 2, 2021, the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC) held the fourth webinar in a mini-series focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on forcibly displaced people in the Global South, and efforts by NGOs and governments to support them.
Webinar, United States
June 02, 2021
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On May 31, IPA presented the findings from the Digital Cash Transfers Monitoring Survey to the Policy and Plans Cluster of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The study seeks to understand the beneficiary experience with the digitized system of payment transfers of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP)—an emergency cash subsidy program to help low-income households affected by the pandemic. The results aim to provide the DSWD with baseline data to understand the barriers to access and user experience of digital cash transfers, and to inform policies on current and future cash transfer programs. With regard to the COVID-19 response, the government is planning another cash subsidy program for households affected by the pandemic, which will be handled by the DSWD. Dr. Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri (Country Director, IPA Philippines) and Dr. Cesi Cruz (Assistant Professor Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia) led the presentation of the key findings; mainly on the beneficiaries’ financial awareness, capability and financial health, program awareness, and program experience; and policy recommendations for the DSWD. IPA is scheduled to present the results to the SAP Technical Working Group and other key DSWD officials on June 14.
Webinar, Philippines
May 31, 2021
Ce webinaire a partagé des conclusions sur les deux enquêtes RECOVR (une enquête par panel conçue pour informer les décideurs sur les communautés les plus durement touchées par les conséquences économiques de la pandémie) réalisées en Côte d'Ivoire et Burkina Faso. La session a également couvert la manière dont les décideurs utilisent les résultats de l'enquête pour adapter en permanence leurs réponses à l'évolution des demandes et planifier une reprise économique. 
Webinar, Burkina Faso
May 25, 2021
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From May 24 to June 4, 2021, Policy Manager, Tamara Billima-Mulenga and Research and Data Associate, Mwiinga Cheelo, participated in a workshop as part of the Technical Working Group and provided data cleaning and analysis support to the Ministry of General Education.
Lusaka, Zambia
May 24, 2021 - June 04, 2021
On May 11, IPA and the Competition Authority of Kenya presented findings from the Digital Credit Market Inquiry at a Stakeholder Validation Workshop. The Inquiry seeks to identify and propose policy recommendations for improvements in consumer protection and competition in Kenya’s expansive digital credit market. Digital credit refers to loans that are delivered exclusively via phones or the internet, often for very short tenures and at a high cost. The ubiquity of mobile money in Kenya has enabled a rapid rise in digital lending in the past decade, and leading providers make tens of millions of digital loans each year. The Inquiry's analysis was based on a consumer survey and administrative data from digital credit providers—the first of its kind published in Kenya—to measure key issues such as cost of loans, late payment and default, sacrifices made to service debts, and multiple borrowing. The Inquiry’s recommendations focus in particular on the need for greater information-sharing across lenders; improved competition to address the concentration of loan volumes amongst a handful of lenders on the M-PESA mobile money platform; monitoring of pricing transparency; and for regulators to use administrative data analysis methods developed by IPA to monitor consumer protection risks in digital credit going forward.
Webinar, Kenya
May 21, 2021
The Building the Evidence on Forced Displacement: From Research to Policy Making series aims to disseminate findings from quantitative research on forced displacement and to discuss its implications on programming and policy. It provides a platform for disseminating research that is targeted and forward-looking and that will help practitioners and policymakers design and deliver effective forced displacement programs.
Webinar, United States
May 19, 2021
On May 19, 2021, IPA co-hosted a new webinar series, Building the Evidence on Forced Displacement: From Research to Policy Making, to discuss findings from the latest research on forced displacement.
Webinar, United States
May 19, 2021
This webinar explored findings from three recent evaluations on poverty traps and how interventions such as microcredit, asset transfers, and an innovative asset-financing mechanism may move the needle on asset accumulation and income generation for poor households. 
Webinar, United States
May 18, 2021
IPA UCC Stata Training
Since early 2020, IPA and the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) have partnered to improve understanding and measurement of consumer protection issues in mobile telecommunications and digital financial services and to test new consumer protection solutions One aspect of this partnership has been to further develop UCC’s analytical tools and processes related to consumer complaints logs. As part of UCC's regulatory requirements, all mobile network operators (MNOs) and internet service providers (ISPs) are required to submit their complaints logs to UCC on a monthly basis in order to allow UCC to monitor consumer experience and consumer protection issues. On May 10, 11, and 14, IPA conducted a training with the UCC Consumer Affairs team in the use of Stata for data analysis. Using actual complaints datasets that were submitted from mobile network operators MNOs to UCC, the team practiced importing, merging, and saving these files in Stata; cleaning the data to prepare for use in analysis; generating descriptive statistics, such as a number of complaints by category and subcategory and average resolution times by provider; and automating these processes through the use of Stata do files. For the next several months, IPA will continue to provide direct support to the Consumer Affairs team to further their learning in this area and to incorporate these tools for data analysis into the UCC’s regular consumer protection monitoring processes.
Webinar, Uganda
May 10, 2021, May 11, 2021, May 14, 2021

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