The Open Banking World Congress is the leading global forum to discuss innovations in open banking and open finance models across the globe. Open finance seeks to improve consumer control and use of their data, expand choice, and facilitate financial sector innovation. These models often allow consumers to access and share their personal and financial information from one provider with other service providers, and in some cases directly move their accounts to new providers. This panel explored how these models might improve financial and social inclusion for consumers in emerging markets, with perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, and East Asia. IPA moderated the session and shared potential areas for research agendas to measure and maximize the value of open finance models.
Online, United Kingdom
May 13, 2020
On May 11, 2020, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) held a webinar titled “Increasing Handwashing Adherence: Lessons from Rigorous Evidence,” which covered evidence from rigorous research on increasing uptake of handwashing and on addressing the structural barriers people face that prevent them from washing their hands. Amy Pickering (Tufts University) and Robert Dreibelbis (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) presented, and Rachel Steinacher (IPA) hosted and moderated. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session, where the presenters discussed how the evidence can inform policy, particularly in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Webinar, United States
May 11, 2020
On April 30, IPA held a webinar titled From Research to Policy in Youth Employment: Rigorous Evidence from Randomized Evaluations, the first 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
April 30, 2020
In this webinar, researcher Jeremy Burke (University of Southern California), Jean Elias & Christel McDuffie (Consumer Education Services Inc.), and Kate Glynn-Broderick (Innovations for Poverty Action) shared their experience partnering on a randomized evaluation of adding encouragement messaging and debt reframing to a Debt Management Plan.
Webinar, United States
March 27, 2020
This workshop was organized by the Society for International Development Washington Chapter. Advancing women’s digital connectivity is key to promoting their empowerment in an increasingly digital world, but a digital divide is reinforcing, and even exacerbating, existing socioeconomic gaps between men and women. In this 3-person panel, IPA's Financial Inclusion Program Director, Rebecca Rouse reviewed preliminary results from an IPA study in the Dominican Republic looking at how women-specific credit scoring can be used to improve lending outcomes for low-income women borrowers. The panel also included presentations by representatives from Cell-Ed and USAID.    For more information on this event, please visit the event page here.
Washington, DC, United States
March 26, 2020
Development Impact West Africa (DIWA), a partnership between the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), organized an impact evaluation training and matchmaking workshop in Accra, Ghana. This three-day workshop convened U.S. and Ghanaian academics and Ghanaian policymakers to seek three-way research collaborations on priority questions. IPA facilitated two sessions during this event on "Implementing an Impact Evaluation in the Field" and "How to Collect High-Quality Data."
Accra, Ghana
March 24, 2020 - March 27, 2020
From March 10-14, The Yangon University of Economics (YUE), the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) – International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Duke University (DU), and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) are jointly organizing a workshop on “Environmental and Natural Resource Economics” in Myanmar.
Yangon, Myanmar
March 10, 2020 - March 14, 2020
The Novartis Access Program conducted workshops at the county level aimed at sharing the preliminary study results with the county health officials and to engage them in discussions that facilitated the interpretation and contextualization of the study findings. These workshops targeted eight counties of Kenya where the study was conducted i.e. Kakamega, Samburu, Kwale, Nyeri, Embu, Narok, West Pokot, and Makueni, and culminated into the main study results dissemination event to be held in late April
Nyeri, Kakamega, Narok, and Kwale counties, Kenya
March 10, 2020 - March 13, 2020
From March 3-5, IPA Philippines and Australia National University (ANU) co-hosted three introductory impact evaluation workshops in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The workshops aimed to inform audiences from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (on March 3); international organizations, NGOs and think tanks (on March 4); and Papua New Guinea government officials (on March 5). The overall objective of these workshops was to introduce impact evaluation processes and methods, with a focus on randomized evaluations, encouraging increased use of rigorous evidence in development policymaking and programming in Papua New Guinea. Speakers for all three workshops included Peter Srouji and Yuna Liang (IPA), Farah Amalia (J-PAL), and Luke McKenzie (ANU)
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
March 03, 2020 - March 05, 2020
Youth Employment Workshop
This workshop was organized by the Decent Jobs for Youth initiative in partnership with IPA, l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The aim of this workshop was to increase the quality of robust evidence on what works concerning youth employment projects in the Sahel region. The science behind impact evaluations is key in creating more robust evidence. The objective of this workshop was to create space for preselected organizations to refine their impact evaluation proposals with advice from sector experts.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
March 03, 2020 - March 05, 2020
Ricardo Morel presenting MCCT results
On February 19, IPA Myanmar Country Director, Ricardo Morel presented results of a study on maternal and child cash transfers (MCCT) at a stakeholder workshop in Yangon. The workshop was organized by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) for government representatives, donors, and partners to discuss approaches to social and behavioral change communication (SBCC), specifically linked to MCCT to contribute to shared learning and collaboration to inform policy and implementation. The event provided an opportunity to review some of the recent evidence from Myanmar which shows the impact that a combined package of  MCCT and SBCC can have on nutrition outcomes. LIFT also shared the findings of a collaborative review that looks at the different modalities for  SBCC and what the implications are for supporting a sustainable and Government-led approach. The event's presentations, panel, plenary discussions brought together key SBCC and MCCT stakeholders working in support of government-led MCCT-SBCC programs for technical discussions to inform policy and programming.
Yangon, Myanmar
February 19, 2020
On February 18, IPA, Fundación Capital and the Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico will co-host a three-part event featuring results from a randomized evaluation of Fundacion Capital's LISTA para ahorrar Program.
Lima, Peru
February 18, 2020
On February 14, IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo spoke on a panel with Charles Bresler (The Live You Can Save) and Lucia Tian (ACLU) at the Yale Philanthropy Conference. The conference theme was "Data-Driven Impact: Evidence-Based Approaches to Improve Outcomes" and focused on how organizations like IPA are using evidence to ensure that programs and policies aimed at bettering the lives of others are more impactful.
New Haven, United States
February 14, 2020
On February 12, IPA Francophone West Africa presented midline results of a Nutrition-Focused Livelihoods Program on Child Health and Nutrition in during an impact evaluation workshop at the European Union in Brussels. Policy & Project Development Coordinator Arthur Sagot-Duvauroux, researcher Andrew Dillon, and Regional Director Claudia Casarotto presented on the results.
Brussels, Belgium
February 12, 2020
Nasreena presenting at the Senate
IPA Philippines Country Director, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, presented at a knowledge-sharing forum on the Philippines' K-12 education curriculum organized by the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) and the Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO). The two events were conducted in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), with high-level presenters from the Department of Education and the Asian Development Bank. On January 29, a forum was held at the House of Representatives in Quezon City attended by legislators of the lower house. On February 6, a second forum was held in the Philippine Senate in Pasay City attended by senators of the Philippines as well as the National Economic Development Authority. These two events are part of a series of knowledge-sharing forums to discuss the need for and the design of a National Evaluation Policy to be passed by the House of Representatives and the Philippines' Senate.
Manila, Philippines
January 29, 2020, February 06, 2020

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