Jakarta, Indonesia
November 14, 2022 - November 17, 2022

From November 14-17, IPA's Financial Inclusion Program, in collaboration with the University of Indonesia, hosted a workshop for financial service providers on using Human Centered Design methodology to create gender-inclusive products. IPA shared evidence from past studies and surveys to encourage participants to create evidence-based solutions to the pressing challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in the country. Participants pitched a variety of prototypes at the end of the workshop, including ideas for graduation-style loans, new apps, and agent banking.
Evanston, Illinois, United States
October 12, 2022 - October 14, 2022

On October 12-14, 2022, Innovations for Poverty Action and the Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) at Northwestern University hosted the 2022 Annual Researcher Gathering. This was an invitation-only event. The three-day event focused on the following themes with panels and plenary sessions on each day:
Webinar, United States
September 14, 2022

In recent years new digital payment technologies such as mobile money have driven financial inclusion in emerging markets. Some of these emerging markets are now transitioning from closed-open payment networks to open-loop, instant payment systems. Instant payment systems streamline payments between individuals, merchants, and financial institutions. These systems create a more cash-like experience by adopting technology that allows clients with different financial service providers to send and receive money. 
Webinar, United States
May 18, 2022

“Off-the-book” fees and non-monetary costs pose a barrier to the uptake and continued usage of digital financial services (DFS). In this workshop, participants gained an understanding of the various methodologies available to measure the cost of DFS and participate in a hands-on activity where they will build their own mystery shopping research plan. Learn more on the BRAC's Frugal Innovation Forum 2022 website here.
Webinar, United States
March 30, 2022

Financial service providers and government regulators have a unique opportunity to monitor consumer protection risks like multiple borrowing and late repayment: these institutions have access to rich data on consumers’ financial records. But how can we go from collecting data to actually protecting consumers? 
Webinar, Nigeria
February 23, 2022

How much does it cost to send money in Nigeria? It’s not an easy answer. 
Webinar, United States
December 09, 2021

A new IPA study from Malawi found that allowing workers to defer receiving part of their wages significantly increases savings. Working with a large agricultural employer, researchers Lasse Brune, Jason Kerwin, and Eric Chyn found that deferred wage payments may help address self-control issues that could normally inhibit savings.
Webinar, United States
December 08, 2021

Despite predictions, remittance flows declined only slightly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Webinar, Philippines
November 11, 2021 - November 12, 2021

On November 12, IPA hosted a parallel session at the 59th Philippine Economics Society Conference (virtual) at 8:30-10 AM PHT. This session, titled "Can Digital G2P Payments be the Future of Cash Transfer Programming?" was organized and moderated by IPA Philippines Country Director Nasserena Sampaco-Baddiri and included three presentations: 
Webinar, United States
November 03, 2021

Administrative data such as payment transactions or borrower records are detailed and inexpensive, making it an increasingly popular monitoring tool for regulators and financial institutions. But once you have the data, how do you use it to understand the experiences and challenges of real-life consumers and provide insights into your consumer protection policies? IPA has worked with regulators to put a human face on financial services data across several markets.
Webinar, United States
November 01, 2021

The forces shaping the future of inclusive finances are clear—the starring role of consumer digital data, a revamped definition of banking under embedded finance, the advent of multifaceted regulatory frameworks such as open-banking and data protection—all amidst developing economies that are grappling with climate change, the changing nature of work and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. What is less apparent is how the collision of these forces will reshape the consumer protection priorities and agenda for the inclusive finance community.
Online, United States
October 27, 2021, October 29, 2021

On October 27-29, 2021, Innovations for Poverty Action and the Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) at Northwestern University hosted the 2021 Annual Researcher Gathering. The three-day event focused on the following themes with multiple concurrent panels and plenary sessions on each day:
Webinar, United States
October 20, 2021

Social media data is emerging as a tool for consumer protection market monitoring in financial services (see IPA’s multi-country analysis of social media data here).
Webinar, Kenya
September 28, 2021 - September 29, 2021

From September 28-29, the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) and the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) hosted the 8th Annual Capacity Building Workshop and Symposium on Competition Law and Policy during the 6th Annual Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) Week (ACER VI). Rafe Mazer, Director of Consumer Protection, at IPA moderated a panel discussion on the linkages between competition policy and data protection law.