Researchers and donors gather for discussion at the Measuring Women's Empowerment Researcher Gathering
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.
Attendees and speakers at the Consumer Protection Research for Policymaking Workshop
Nairobi, Kenya
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.
Kampala, Uganda
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.
Washington, United States
March 23, 2017

Can a simple debit card have more impact on women’s empowerment outcomes than microcredit? Watch IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program's webinar from March 23rd, 2017, to explore the latest evidence on the role of financial products in achieving women’s economic empowerment. The webinar highlights some of the recent studies in this space and will be based on a recently released IPA research review paper on Women's Economic Empowerment through Financial Inclusion.
Kigali, Rwanda
March 08, 2017

Workshop on Phase One Implementation of Financial Education through SACCOs Program: Overview, Lessons Learned, and Impact Evaluation
Online, United States
January 17, 2017

Innovations for Poverty Action, Professor Jonathan Zinman (Dartmouth College), and Professor Dean Karlan (Yale University) partnered with RiteCheck to develop a safe savings product for check cashing customers. The researchers evaluated ways to encourage “impulse savings” at the teller window, testing how these savings accounts, coupled with prompts and incentives to make deposits, impacted savings behavior and customer loyalty. 
, Myanmar
December 02, 2016

This event brought together all NGOs that are implementing cash transfers in Myanmar to share experiences of implementing pilot-scale cash transfer programs. The event was attended by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Resettlement, which will start piloting maternal cash transfer program in the Chin State of Myanmar. Research Associate Thein Zaw Oo presented the baseline findings of the maternal cash transfer study in the Dry Zone of Myanmar.
Dean Karln presenting at the Innovating to Promote Financial Inclusion conference in Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru
November 30, 2016

El taller “Innovando para promover la inclusión financiera: evidencia reciente y agenda de investigación y política” fue organizado por una alianza de instituciones locales e internacionales que incluye al Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE), el Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP), el Proyecto Capital, Alianza por la Política Económica (PEP), IPA y J-PAL LAC.
IPA Burkina Faso agriculture and financial inclusion conference
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
November 29, 2016 - November 30, 2016

L’agriculture ne consiste pas simplement en la production de cultures, c’est la production de nourriture et de fibres tirées du sol et de l’eau de notre monde. Sans l’agriculture il est impossible d’avoir une ville, un marché, des banques, des universités, des églises ou encore des armées. L’agriculture est la fondation même de la civilisation et de toute économie stable.
Lima, Peru
November 24, 2016

On November 24, IPA Peru Country Director Juan Hernández presented on “Digital Financial Tools: What is Working?” at the VIII Conference on Education and Financial Inclusion organized by CEMLA.
Washington D.C., United States
November 14, 2016

On November 14, IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program co-sponsored a day-long workshop on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion, held at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The event brought in about 40 attendees. Program Manager Kyle Holloway wrote a blog about some of the event’s takeaways: Read the blog
, Myanmar
November 10, 2016

IPA Myanmar presented its current studies at the Myanmar Monitoring and Evaluation Association. Research Associates T Nang Pan and Fabrizio Santoro presented our study on the impact of a maternal health app, and Senior Research Associate Nicholus Tint Zaw presented our study on cash transfers for pregnant women. The event was well-attended by both Myanmar and international staff working in research, and there was a lively Q&A after each session.
Bogotá, Colombia
November 08, 2016

On November 8, Edoardo Trimarchi, Policy Associate with IPA Colombia and JPAL LAC, presented the results of our SMS replication study with beneficiaries of the Colombian long-term savings program BEPS at a forum organized by Colpensiones (the Colombian Pension Agency) and the Inter-American Development Bank in Bogotá.
, Colombia
November 03, 2016

IPA Colombia launched a partnership with the pension fund Old Mutual in order to develop projects around long-term savings. Program Director Rebecca Rouse spent a week in Colombia for the launch of the project, which was covered by the media.
Opportunity Finance Network Conference
Atlanta, United States
October 27, 2016

On October 27th, IPA and J-PAL hosted a session at the Opportunity Finance Network Conference — "Randomized Control Trials: What your CDFI Needs to Know. " In the session, the US Finance Initiative at IPA discussed why RCTs are so powerful and how community development financial institutions can use RCTs to understand the impacts of their products and services.

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