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The SME Program held its Eighth Working Group meeting at the Sloan School of Management at MIT on September 29, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The meeting convened SME Program affiliates to discuss innovative research in the SME space.  Presenters included:
Cambridge, United States
September 29, 2017
Using innovation to achieve efficient and impactful development outcomes requires pairing smart risks with evidence-based investment. “Evidence and Innovation” Day kicked off USAID's Global Innovation Week on Thursday, September 28, and showcased promising innovations that prove their impact, cost-effectiveness and potential to scale. It also featured new approaches to generating and utilizing results to increase development impact.
Washington D.C., United States
September 28, 2017
On September 27-28, IPA Philippines Country Director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri presented at the Seamless Philippines 2017 conference in Manila. This annual conference focuses on how innovations are shaping the future of payments, e-commerce, and retail. It draws industry leaders from across the payments ecosystem to discuss, debate, and evaluate alternative payment strategies and technologies.
Manila, Philippines
September 27, 2017 - September 28, 2017
IPA Kenya participated in the 10th round table meeting of the Permanent Working Group (PWG) on TVET that was held at the Karen Technical Training Institute for the Deaf (KTTID). Organized under the theme of Inclusion, the meeting brought together key actors in the TVET sector including government, private sector, donors and non-state actors who are also members of the PWG.
Nairobi , Kenya
September 26, 2017
On September 19th, Elizabeth Koshy, SME Program Manager, participated in a panel discussion on "Gender and Sustainable Development” at International Conference on Sustainable Development 2017, held at Columbia University in New York. Elizabeth’s presentation on "Using Evidence to Support Women-Owned SMEs" provided an overview of the challenges facing female entrepreneurs and showcased experimental evidence from IPA’s SME portfolio.
New York, United States
September 19, 2017
Colombia's Banco de la República leads a group of government and private organizations in charge of the national strategy for financial inclusion and financial education programs.
Bogotá, Colombia
September 14, 2017 - September 15, 2017
On September 14 2017, principal investigators Amanda Beatty and Aniceto Orbeta presented the results of the impact evaluation of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) program implemented by Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines (DSWD) or locally known as KALAHI-CIDSS (KC).
Manila, Philippines
September 14, 2017
Burkina Faso Ministry of Health meeting
Research Associate Sekou Keita and Research Manager/Interim Country Director Estelle Plat of IPA Burkina Faso met with the Minister of Health of Burkina Faso, Nicolas Meda, in order to talk about their project Burkina Family Aspirations and Behaviors (B-FAB). The Minister expressed interest in evidence-based projects and would like IPA's input on some of the projects he might be implementing in Burkina Faso.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
September 11, 2017
IPA's study Mentoring and Experiential Learning for Early Education Student Teachers in Ghana was featured as a "quick fire" talk at UKFIET's conference Learning and Teaching for Sustainable Development: Curriculum, Cognition and Context in Oxford, United Kingdom.
Oxford, United Kingdom
September 05, 2017 - September 07, 2017
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On August 30, 2017, IPA Liberia presented preliminary results of the first year of the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) study to the President of Liberia and the Cabinet. Under the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program, the Government of Liberia delegated management of 93 public schools to eight operators: BRAC, Bridge International Academies, Youth Movement for Collective Action2, More than Me, Omega Schools, Rising Academies, Stella Maris, and Street Child.
Monrovia, Liberia
August 30, 2017
Rebecca Rouse, Director of IPA's Financial Inclusion Program, presented along with other leaders in the digital finance field at a webinar sponsered by SEEP. The webinar explored two sides of the debate about how best to close the digital finance gender gap. One side argued that the best way to close the gap is to harness the insights of behavioral economics to design digital finance products that are tailored to women.
Arlington, United States
August 29, 2017
IPA Colombia Country Director Sebastian Chaskel presented on how RCTs have had an impact, where more evidence is needed, and what's next for IPA. His presentation highlighted the impact of RCTs in the microfinance and financial education sectors, as well as the need for more research in certain areas, such as unconditional cash transfers.
Bogotá, Colombia
August 28, 2017
The First Lady Esther Lungu, FAWE Chairperson-Prof. Dranzoa and Minister of General Education Dr. Wanchinga and Nampaka Nkumbula presenting GN during the Exhibition
The First Lady Esther Lungu, FAWE Chairperson-Prof. Dranzoa and Minister of General Education Dr. Wanchinga and Nampaka Nkumbula presenting GN during the Exhibition
Innovations for Poverty Action Zambia co-presented with the Varkey Foundation on August 23-24th in Lusaka. The theme of the event, the Forum for African Woman Educationalists (FAWE) at the 10th General Assembly, was "Towards Gender Equality in Education, Positioning Youth to Champion Africa’s Education Agenda." This high-level conference was attended by The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia (pictured on right), Ministers of Education from the region, and international and local NGOs.
Lusaka, Zambia
August 23, 2017 - August 24, 2017
IPA Philippines Country Director, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, presents.
IPA Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines, hosted the presentation of results on the Impact Evaluation of the Special Program for Employment of Students.
Intramuros, Philippines
August 18, 2017
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IPA Philippines conducted workshop entitled "Introduction to Theory of Change" for the Policy Research and Development Division (PRD) of the Department of Education of the Philippines on August 15, 2017. PRD is tasked with promoting evidence-based decision-making and developing evaluation standards across the Department of Education. The workshop focused on how to use the development of a theory of change as a tool for monitoring and evaluation.
Pasig City, Philippines
August 15, 2017

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