The Economics Association of Malawi (ECAMA), with support from IPA Malawi and the International Food Poverty Research Institute (IFPRI), held a research symposium in Lilongwe. The European Union funded the symposium, the first of its kind for ECAMA. Mr. Henry Kachaje (President, ECAMA) and Thandika Mkandawire (London School of Economics) delivered the welcome and keynote addresses to more than 100 participants. Various researchers presented 33 papers on issues related to poverty alleviation.
Lilongwe, Malawi
October 08, 2014 - October 10, 2014
Pooja Wagh (Financial Inclusion Program Coordinator, IPA) participated in a panel on the value of savings accounts for young people. Panelists discussed implementation lessons and results from rigorous impact evaluations of programs offering bank accounts to youth.
Washington D.C., United States
October 07, 2014
The SME Initiative held its fifth Working Group meeting at the MIT Sloan School of Management on September 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The meeting brought SME Initiative affiliates together to discuss early stage research and opportunities for collaboration.   Presenters included:   Welcome and Overview Lucia Sanchez, Innovations for Poverty Action Antoinette Schoar, MIT Sloan School of Management  
Boston, United States
September 19, 2014
On 18 September 2014, IPA Manager Aaron Dibner-Dunlap presented on a panel titled "How to Get People to Save" at the Assets Learning Conference, hosted by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in Washington, DC. The panelists discussed evidence-based interventions derived from nudges–incremental changes in behavior–which show promise in promoting savings habits among low-income populations.
Washington D.C., United States
September 18, 2014
On 18 – 19 September, 2014, Accion hosted a seminar in Cartagena, Colombia around mobilizing savings among the poor in Latin America. IPA researcher Lasse Brune discussed recent data and research on savings among the poor and presented insights from impact evaluations of interventions and financial products designed to encourage savings among low-income households around the world.
Cartagena, Colombia
September 18, 2014 - September 19, 2014
On 9 – 11 September, 2014, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), in cooperation with the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, hosted the 2014 AFI Global Policy Forum in Trinidad and Tobago. The conference brought together practitioners, policymakers, and financial regulators to discuss innovative ways to increase access to and usage of financial services by the poor.
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
September 09, 2014 - September 11, 2014
From 28 August to 1 September, 2014, Aishwarya Ratan, Director of the Financial Inclusion Program, participated in discussions involving policymakers and practitioners from around the world at the Responsible Finance Forum and the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) Forum in Perth, Australia.
Perth, Australia
August 28, 2014 - September 01, 2014
IPA Peru,  J-PAL, and LAC launched a three-week course and workshop on Experimental Impact Evaluation for policymakers of the Viceministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Industry within Peru’s Ministry of Production. Participants worked with researchers and J-PAL and IPA staff to develop evaluation designs and presented them to the Viceministry. Prior workshops in this series include an introductory course on impact evaluation and a design workshop.
Lima, Peru
August 25, 2014
IPA Peru presented results from the Remedial Science Education evaluation as part of a series of monthly evidence workshops with Peru's Ministry of Education.
Lima, Peru
August 24, 2014
After signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Assessment Centre (NAC) of the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), IPA Kenya began participating in the NAC steering committee. The objective of the NAC Steering Committee is to offer leadership and guidance to the NAC on potential topics for research, which partners to work with, and how to developed the institution's strategic focus.
Nairobi, Kenya
August 13, 2014 - August 13, 2015
Beniamino Savonitto (Director, Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund at the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative, IPA) attended the 2014 Asia Microfinance Forum hosted by the Banking With the Poor Network (BWTP), Citi Foundation, the China Association of Microfinance (CAM), and the Foundation for Development Cooperation (F
Shanghai, China
August 04, 2014 - August 08, 2014
Rachel Steinacher (IPA-Tanzania), Isaac Mbiti (University of Virginia; J-PAL affiliate) and Karthik Muralidharan (UCSD; CEGA, IPA, and J-PAL affiliate) presented at a seminar to promote impact evaluation in Tanzania hosted by Twaweza and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). The audience consisted mostly of young, Tanzanian researchers.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
July 19, 2014
Aishwarya Ratan (Financial Inclusion Program Director, IPA) attended a conference on financial inclusion hosted by the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), the African Development Bank, the National Bank of Rwanda, and the World Bank to commemorate the National Bank of Rwanda’s fiftieth anniversary. The conference brought together key stakeholders in the region to discuss the importance of financial inclusion to alleviate poverty and promote healthy financial systems.
Kigali, Rwanda
July 18, 2014
On 18 July, 2014, the National Bank of Rwanda, in collaboration with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), the African Development Bank, and the World Bank, held an international conference on financial inclusion to commemorate the National Bank of Rwanda’s 50th Anniversary. The conference brought together key stakeholders in the region to discuss the importance of financial inclusion to help alleviate poverty and promote healthy financial systems.
Kigali, Rwanda
July 18, 2014
IPA Malawi and J-PAL Africa hosted a custom training workshop in Malawi. The workshop, which was held at the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM), aimed to improve participants’ understanding of impact evaluation methodologies and how evidence can inform policy. Participants included academics, development practitioners, donors, policymakers, and researchers.
Lilongwe, Malawi
July 16, 2014 - July 17, 2014