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
This webinar shared findings from both rounds of IPA’s RECOVR survey in Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, and Burkina Faso, and covered how policymakers are using survey findings to continually adapt their responses to changing demands and chart an economic recovery.
Webinar, United States
April 29, 2021
From April 28-29, researcher Russell Toth presented the results of his study on the economic impact of digital loans on mobile money agents in Myanmar at the 12th Annual Mobile Money & Financial Inclusion Summit.
Webinar, Myanmar
April 28, 2021 - April 29, 2021
On April 28, IPA presented at the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) co-hosted virtual training on Consumer Protection and Financial Education for Digital Financial Services (DFS). The training included technical staff of AFI member institutions who are involved in the formulation and implementation of policies and regulations focusing on consumer protection for DFS and digital financial literacy. IPA's Director of Consumer Protection, Rafe Mazer, gave a presentation on how regulators can use social media platforms to monitor issues related to consumer protection in a panel session titled "Utilizing New Media for Monitoring and Evaluation of Consumer Protection and Financial Education for DFS." To read more on the training, see the full event agenda attached.
Webinar, United States
April 28, 2021
On April 27, 2021, Smita Das (Program Manager for IPA's Social Protection Program) and Clara Delavallade (Research Economist, Africa Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank) presented at CIES 2021.
Webinar, United States
April 27, 2021
Several speakers linked to IPA presented at the Partnership for Economic Inclusion and World Bank Group's 2021 Global Learning Event from April 27-29. On April 27, Abhijit Banerjee and a diverse set of panelists kicked off the event in a global broadcast on scaling up economic inclusion through national programs, policies, and strategies. On April 28, Dean Karlan and Patrick Premand spoke on a panel on emerging evidence and Kathleen Beegle moderated a panel about addressing economic inequality among women. And researcher Angela Ofori-Atta presented an updated version of a presentation of her work studying mental health in Ghana. To learn more, see the PEI and WBG's event page here.
Webinar, United States
April 27, 2021 - April 29, 2021
On April 27, 2021, the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Innovations for Poverty Action held the third webinar in a series presenting innovative research on crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Webinar, United States
April 27, 2021
This was the third webinar in a series showcasing emerging results and policy lessons from the first three years of J-PAL and IPA's Governance, Crime, and Conflict (GCCI) Initiative.
Webinar, United States
April 23, 2021
On April 14, 2021, IPA, the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and IDinsight held a webinar to share their findings on questions related to remote research approaches.
Webinar, United States
April 14, 2021
This roundtable on April 8, 2021 convened researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to share research findings and discuss policy solutions to explore the following questions: How have girls’ education and livelihoods been impacted? Is early marriage increasing? How can data and evidence be used to support policies that help adolescent girls?
Webinar, United States
April 08, 2021
With the rate of domestic violence increasing in light of COVID-19, what is the role of state institutions, including the police, in preventing and responding to violence against women? This second webinar in the Governance, Crime, and Conflict Initiative’s (GCCI) series discussed randomized evaluations funded by GCCI that address this question and its implications.
Webinar, United States
April 02, 2021
On March 31, Innovations for Poverty Action, the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago, and Princeton University held the second webinar in a series presenting innovative research on crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Webinar, United States
March 31, 2021
This webinar, hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN), shared findings from the second round of IPA's RECOVR survey in Zambia and Rwanda—a panel survey designed to inform decision-makers about the communities that are hardest hit by the economic toll of the pandemic. 
Webinar, Rwanda
March 29, 2021
On March 18, IPA and J-PAL co-organized a closed-door roundtable discussion in Kenya, as inputs to the Population Policy for National Development, which is currently being revised. The event was co-hosted with the National Council for Population Development, the agency spearheading the policy revisions and that will have oversight over its implementation. Several key partners to the discussion were invited, including the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the TVET Authority, the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority, and Educate!.  Margaret Wanjiku Wanjohi, IPA's Kenya Policy Manager, presented on skilling programs that show promise for youth and women entrepreneurs, highlighting policy lessons from rigorous evidence. Through her presentation, she targeted objective 1 in the draft policy framework document: Contribute to efforts aimed at maximizing the human capital potential for national sustainable development (with particularity to Pillar 2: Education and Skills Development and Pillar 3: Employment and Entrepreneurship). Margaret also showcased the evaluations of the Educate program and GET Ahead (business training with a gender component) as examples of training programs that show promise in affecting relevant outcomes for women.
Online, Kenya
March 18, 2021