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
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
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
On November 7, Victor Pouliquen presented the results of a study evaluating the impacts of a two-and-a-half year mass media radio campaign that promoted modern contraception use in Burkina Faso. The event brought together policymakers, researchers, technical experts, and implementing organizations to foster conversations around the development and scaling of family planning interventions and the implications on policy and programming both locally and globally.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
November 07, 2019
In recent decades, the use of experimental and quasi-experimental methods has become widespread across a range of fields in economics, such as labor, education, health, and especially development. The emphasis on experimental and quasi-experimental methods was driven by an attempt to generate internally valid results, i.e., accurate estimates of the impact of the policy of interest in the time and place the experiment was implemented. But the now global scale of experiments points to the central question of external validity: to what extent and how can we generalize the knowledge generated by experiments beyond the setting of the experiment to other contexts?
New York City, United States
November 07, 2019
On October 29, IPA in collaboration with the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), a state corporation under the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives held a one-day policy dialogue on MSME development in Kenya. The event aimed to bring together policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the key priorities, opportunities, and challenges facing the SME sector in the country.
Nairobi, Kenya
October 29, 2019
On October 21 and 23, IPA presented at the 2019 African Microfinance Week (SAM) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. SAM is a major conference dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa that takes place every two years.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
October 21, 2019, October 23, 2019
On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, IPA hosted an interactive webinar aimed at researchers and practitioners in behavioral finance, as part of Financial Inclusion Week 2019. Researchers Jeremy Burke (USC) and Sean Higgins (Northwestern University) and IPA’s Michael Rosenbaum and Rebecca Rouse discussed findings and policy implications from two recent studies on prize-linked incentives in financial product design. An interactive Q&A session followed the discussion.
Webinar, United States
October 22, 2019
On October 16, 2019, Marius Chabi, Country Director of IPA's Francophone West Africa office, and Adil Ababou, Policy Manager from J-PAL, co-organized a workshop sharing evidence about citizen participation and accountability in elections.
Bamako, Mali
October 16, 2019
On October 14-18, IPA and government partners participated in the What Works Global Summit (WWGS), which brought together world leaders in evidence-based decision-making to explore the evidence for designing, implementing, and reviewing effective programs and policies.
Mexico City, Mexico
October 14, 2019 - October 18, 2019
On October 7, IPA Founder and President, Dean Karlan presented the results of the study “Increasing Voluntary Retirement Contributions in Colombia” at Universidad Javeriana to a wide audience of academics from local universities, policymakers such Colpensiones and the Superintendencia Financiera, as well as the private pension funds and others. Professor Karlan then presented preliminary results from a research project in Ghana at the academic seminar at the Economics Department at the Universidad de los Andes. There he met with Olga Namen, a post-doctoral fellow at IPA Colombia and a researcher on a project in Ecuador with the Ministry of Social and Economic Inclusion, other professors at the university, and with the pensions team at Superintendencia Financiera, the financial regulator in Colombia for a potential research opportunity around financial protection.
Bogotá, Colombia
October 07, 2019