December 07, 2017
Principal Investigator Doug Randall and Senior Research Associate Emmanuel Hakizimfura for the Financial Education through Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) in Rwanda project shared preliminary results which showed very positive effects of training SACCO members on financial management, saving, budgeting and other aspects
November 07, 2017
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), in collaboration with The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and APESEG, hosted a matchmaking workshop for attendees of the 13th Annual Microinsurance Conference in Lima, Peru.
Washington D.C., United States
November 02, 2017 - November 03, 2017
IPA Director Julie Peachey, who oversees the Poverty Probability Index, a household-level poverty measurement tool used by hundreds of organizations around the world to measure their reach and impact on poor and low-income households, gave a presentation on Feedback-Powered Impact Investing at Feedback Summit 2017.
Online, United States
October 31, 2017
On October 31, J-PAL’s Finance Sector and IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program co-hosted a Twitter chat as part of the Center for Financial Inclusion’s Financial Inclusion Week (#FinclusionWeek).
Evanston, United States
October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), with co-organizer the Buffett Institute’s Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL), hosted its Third Annual Researcher Gathering to bring together researchers in financial inclusion and social protection for a two-day event at Northwestern University. At the meeting, researchers informally discussed research in financial inclusion and household finance in the United States and around the world. Researchers also shared new research on social safety nets, cash transfers, targeting, and livelihood development. EVENT DETAILS
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
October 24, 2017 - October 25, 2017
CGAP's Womens Financial Inclusion Community of Practice, in partnership with the "Making Finance Work for Women Summit", organized a panel and discussion in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania geared towards financial service providers, exploring solutions that are being tested to address constraints such as lack of trust, self-confidence and limited decision making power, using both social networks and other innovative design features. IPA Tanzania Country Representative
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
October 09, 2017 - October 13, 2017
The African Microfinance Week (referred to as the SAM, based on the French acronym) is a major conference dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa that takes place every two years. The most recent SAM took place from the 9th to the 13th October, 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The main ambition of the SAM is to provide a unified African platform for exchange on the microfinance issues facing the African continent by bringing together all the professionals of the sector – investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, innovators, governments and others.
September 27, 2017 - 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.
September 14, 2017 - September 15, 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. With support of the World Bank and the Swiss Embassy, the Banco de la República asked IPA to develop a workshop on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) strategies for organizations in the financial sector. All of the attendees of the workshop worked for financial institutions and managed financial education programs at those institutions.
Arlington, United States
August 29, 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.
Cambridge, United States
May 25, 2017
This one-day gathering brought together a small group of researchers and donors to discuss several current debates and challenges in measuring women’s empowerment and to generate a practical set of recommendations on how researchers, practitioners, and donors can improve the ways we measure empowerment using surveys and non-survey instruments. IPA and J-PAL will summarize these recommendations in a series of blog posts, research resources, and apply best practices to their own work.
IPA Presents on the Gender Gap in Digital Financial Services at the 2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum
May 24, 2017
The SEEP Network, in collaboration with Forum Partners, hosted the 2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Global Learning Forum in Bangkok, Thailand from May 23-25.
May 18, 2017
Appropriate consumer protection is becoming ever more central to ensuring the financial wellbeing of the poor. Ensuring that consumers are able to select and use financial products to their best advantage is a key component of financial inclusion. Without a robust consumer protection framework, even the most educated and capable consumer is likely to have difficulty making prudent financial choices. It is vital that policies aiming to protect consumers account for lessons from behavioral economics and be subject to testing before they are nationally scaled.
April 10, 2017 - April 14, 2017
From April 10-14, 2017, IPA Uganda participated in CARE’s Women Digital Sub-Wallets workshop. The e-wallet is a new service provided by PostBank, a well-known bank in Uganda which has previously been a branch bank. The e-wallet service allows women to access formal bank accounts through mobile technology and have pre-labeled digital subwallets to categorize their savings, such as school fees and healthcare.
March 27, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Between March 27-31, 2017, IPA presented in multiple sessions at this year’s African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) Conference in Kampala, Uganda. The conference brought together researchers, academics, and practitioners from the African continent and beyond to discuss the supply and demand of credible evidence in support of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. Rebecca Rouse, Director of IPA's Financial Inclusion Program, presented evidence on women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion.