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Peru Address: Jr. España (Ex Manuel Gonzalez de la Rosa) N°396, Magdalena del Mar. Altura Cdra. 30 de la Av. Salaverry, Lima, Peru
Phone:  +51 1 299-6846 or 299-6847
E-mail: info-peru@poverty-action.org

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About IPA Peru

IPA’s staff in Peru engage with key decision-makers and conduct foundational research in education, gender-based violence, social protection, financial inclusion, and health.

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Research Findings

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A Radio Math Instruction Program Improves Learning Outcomes for Preschool Students in Peru

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How can we improve students' educational achievement? Can radio instruction successfully support distance learning, particularly in settings such as the COVID-19 pandemic? In rural Peru, researchers measured whether remote support from educational coaches for caregivers during MateWasi — a radio program with interactive math lessons for preschool-aged children— impacted their children’s math learning outcomes. Results show that remote support increased the involvement of caregivers in their children’s educational development. In turn, children’s math learning improved by 0.12 standard deviations on an index that measured outcomes including oral counting, spatial ability, comparing of quantities, and solving word problems related to addition and subtraction.

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The Impact of Text Message Reminders on Savings in Peru

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People often report wanting to save more money than they actually do, and rigorous evidence has shown that simple reminders to save can be effective at helping people save more. Researchers working with IPA carried out evaluations in Ghana, Peru, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic to build the evidence base about text-message reminders to save. In Peru, the research team worked with Federación Peruana de Cajas Municipales de Ahorro y Crédito (FEPCMAC) to evaluate the impact of behaviorally targeted text messages on savings behavior. Preliminary results find that the reminders to save led people to use their bank accounts more frequently, and this impact persisted six months after the reminders ceased, but this did not lead to increased savings; varying the timing and content of the messages did not impact the results.

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Graduating the Ultra Poor in Peru

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More than one fifth of the world’s population lives on less than US$1.25 per day. While many credit and training programs have not been successful at raising income levels for these ultra-poor households, recent support for livelihoods programs has spurred interest in evaluating whether comprehensive “big push” interventions may allow for a sustainable transition to self-employment and a higher standard of living. To test this theory, in six countries researchers evaluated a multi-faceted approach aimed at “graduating” the ultra-poor from poverty. They found that generally the approach had long-lasting economic and self-employment impacts and that the long-run benefits outweighed their up-front costs. In Peru, the gains were smaller than in most other countries.

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Policy Impact

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MineduLAB

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IPA has partnered with the Government of Peru to co-create evidence since 2010. In 2016, IPA and J-PAL partnered with Peru’s Ministry of Education to launch MineduLab, an innovation lab for education policy housed within the ministry.

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Remote Education

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Peru’s Ministry of Education scaled up a telenovela-video information campaign to all full-day public secondary schools in Peru based on rigorous evidence that it reduced school dropout rates. MineduLAB evaluated and implemented the information campaign.

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Gender-based Violence

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We are working to identify the best strategies to confront gender-based violence with partners at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations and J-PAL LAC. We are supporting the ministry with their learning agenda, monitoring work, designing evidence-based interventions, and using data.

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Our Team

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Our Team

Country Director, Peru and Paraguay

Sergio De Marco

Sergio De Marco is the Country Director for IPA's Peru and Paraguay country programs. Before becoming Country Director, he managed field work for two IPA evaluations in rural areas and also served as a Research Coordinator, Research Manager, and Deputy Country Director.

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Research Analyst

Alexa Ayarza

Alexa works as a Research Analyst at IPA Peru. She is currently assisting in a study about Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the northern triangle.

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Research Associate

Guiliana Campos

Guiliana works as a Research Associate at IPA Peru. She is currently focused on a follow-up study that evaluates the impact of COVID-19 on small and medium-sized firms in eight Latin American countries, in cooperation with Princeton University, Yale University, and London's Global University.

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Research Associate

Ronny Condor

Ronny Condor holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM). Ronny works as Research Associate at IPA Peru.

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Research Analyst

Beatriz De Araújo

Beatriz works as a Research Analyst at IPA Peru. She is currently focused on a study about Intimate Partner Violence.

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Diego Delgado

Diego works as a Research Analyst at IPA Peru. He is currently working on a project which tries to improve early childhood education in Ecuador in cooperation with the University College of London.

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Research Associate

Jimena Diaz Najera

Jimena works as a Research Associate at IPA Peru. She is currently focused on a study that seeks to reduce and prevent gender-based violence.

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Research Analyst

Sharon Espinoza

Sharon Espinoza works as a Research Analyst at IPA Peru. She is working on a project in Honduras, in cooperation with the World Bank.

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Country Director, Peru and Paraguay

Sergio De Marco

Sergio De Marco is the Country Director for IPA's Peru and Paraguay country programs. Before becoming Country Director, he managed field work for two IPA evaluations in rural areas and also served as a Research Coordinator, Research Manager, and Deputy Country Director.

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Research Analyst

Alexa Ayarza

Alexa works as a Research Analyst at IPA Peru. She is currently assisting in a study about Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the northern triangle.

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Research Associate

Guiliana Campos

Guiliana works as a Research Associate at IPA Peru. She is currently focused on a follow-up study that evaluates the impact of COVID-19 on small and medium-sized firms in eight Latin American countries, in cooperation with Princeton University, Yale University, and London's Global University.

Read Full Bio

Research Associate

Ronny Condor

Ronny Condor holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM). Ronny works as Research Associate at IPA Peru.

Read Full Bio

Research Analyst

Beatriz De Araújo

Beatriz works as a Research Analyst at IPA Peru. She is currently focused on a study about Intimate Partner Violence.

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Research Analyst

Diego Delgado

Diego works as a Research Analyst at IPA Peru. He is currently working on a project which tries to improve early childhood education in Ecuador in cooperation with the University College of London.

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Research Associate

Jimena Diaz Najera

Jimena works as a Research Associate at IPA Peru. She is currently focused on a study that seeks to reduce and prevent gender-based violence.

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Research Analyst

Sharon Espinoza

Sharon Espinoza works as a Research Analyst at IPA Peru. She is working on a project in Honduras, in cooperation with the World Bank.

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