May 26, 2021
Media Coverage
Business Standard reports on how a recent study on mask use in Bangladesh could inform public policy in rural parts of India. To start this scale-up, the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is piloting a similar project for the two million women in its network in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Note: ...
May 26, 2021
Media Coverage
In the Dhaka Tribune, Mushfiq Mobarak describes how the "polite intervention" of a Bangladesh study normalizing community mask-wearing was shown to be more effective than the threat of legal punishment. The study was also featured in The Times of India, Nepali Times, The Indian Express, The Daily...
May 26, 2021
Media Coverage
Bangladesh's Financial Express article describes the efficacy of IPA's work in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing through: No-cost free masks distribution door-to-door, Offering information on mask-wearing via video and brochures, Reinforcement in-person and in public, and Modelling and...
May 26, 2021
Media Coverage
Togo First covers an IPA study that uses satellite and phone data to target emergency cash assistance aimed at helping Togo households recover from the impact of COVID-19. Researcher Josh Blumenstock describes how the study identified more vulnerable residents as priority beneficiaries.
May 26, 2021
Media Coverage
Vox's Kelsey Piper highlights effective ways to donate to help India as their COVID-19 crisis worsens, including how IPA's work scaling up community mask-wearing in South Asia is helping inform efforts to encourage mask use.
April 30, 2021
Media Coverage
The BBC People Fixing the World podcast (Apple) goes over how new research pairing satellite and phone data with machine learning is helping the government of Togo to get cash to people hit hard by the COVID crisis. They speak with research Josh Blumenstock about how it works.
April 30, 2021
Media Coverage
The BBC People Fixing the World podcast goes to Zambia (Apple) for an in-depth look into World Bicycle Relief's work on making bicycles available in rural areas. Along the way, they talk to researcher Ana Garcia Hernandez about her RCT with IPA and others on the benefits of giving bikes to girls to...
April 30, 2021
Media Coverage
IPA founder Dean Karlan speaks alongside banking and financial inclusion experts and providers on NPR's Studio 1A program. Among the many points discussed was research showing mixed effectiveness of many well-intentioned financial inclusion efforts, including small loans designed to build credit...
April 30, 2021
Media Coverage
Citizen TV spotlights Diana Warira, who works with J-PAL and IPA-Kenya and is this year's winner of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award. The award recognizes leaders in evidence-informed decision-making on the African continent. You can also read a longer interview with her on the award's website.
April 30, 2021
Media Coverage
BRAC's Lindsay Coates & J-PAL's John Floretta reflect in Project Syndicate on the need for evidence-based poverty solutions in the time of COVID-19. The article cites IPA's research on Ultra-Poor Graduation programs in Ghana, Honduras, India, Pakistan, and Peru. Following the six-country...
March 29, 2021
Media Coverage
  NPR's Planet Money economics podcast re-ran their episode, "Nigeria: You Win!" about the entrepreneurship training and competition program run in that country, which was very effective. The update features new conversations with paint seller Lariat Alhassan, and economist David McKenzie, to see...
March 28, 2021
Media Coverage
News Ghana marked the closing of the Capacity Development of Farmer Based Cooperatives and Organisations office in Tamale and the conclusion of its project, funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency. The article highlights the use of the Poverty Probability Index (PPI®), a tool designed...
February 23, 2021
Media Coverage
Vox reports on the results from a new paper that features data on the economic shock of the pandemic experienced by tens of thousands of vulnerable households across nine lower- and middle-income countries. The phone survey conducted from April to July 2020 found that while the effects varied...
February 23, 2021
Media Coverage
 "This is not a slow burn of a recession. This happened really fast. What that means is that people don't really have time to have prepared for it." IPA's Shana Warren describes to NPR what she and 25 co-authors found from tracking how 30,000 households in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ghana...
February 23, 2021
Media Coverage
In Reuters, Shana Warren, one of the 20 co-authors of a recently published study on the impact of COVID-19 in nine lower- and middle-income countries, argues that emergency cash assistance is vital to helping economically disadvantaged households stay afloat while curbing the spread of the virus.
February 22, 2021
Media Coverage
The Financial Times reports on findings from a new survey of an estimated 100,000 people in Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Nepal, and the Philippines between April and June last year. As Edward Miguel, one of the study's co-authors describes, the results are...
February 22, 2021
Media Coverage
NPR covers how researchers are using new methods to help the government in Togo target cash assistance to those who have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Researcher Joshua Blumenstock developed the methodology using satellite imagery and monitoring cell phone usage to map out levels of...
February 05, 2021
Press Release
Washington, D.C..—The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp decline in living standards and rising food insecurity in developing countries across the globe, according to a new study by an international team of economists. The study, published Feb. 5 in the journal Science Advances, provides...
January 22, 2021
Media Coverage
BBC News reports on Sesame Workshop using Rohingya muppets to help deliver educational and developmental messaging to refugee children in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. IPA worked with Sesame Workshop on research to inform the design of the two muppets, Aziz and Noor, and develop educational content that...
January 22, 2021
Media Coverage
In the editorial website, reasons to be cheerful, David Byrne outlines some positive effects of cash transfers, including IPA studies in Uganda and Liberia on the long-term impact of getting a cash grant.

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