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.
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.
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.
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.
IPA Peru & J-PAL Host “Innovating to Promote Financial Inclusion: Recent Evidence and Policy and Research Agenda” Workshop (Español & English)
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.
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.
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.
IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program Co-Sponsors Workshop on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 21, 2016
On Friday, October 21st, the Financial Inclusion Program hosted a public webinar as part of Financial Inclusion 2020 Week. The webinar showcased the latest rigorous evidence on how digital products can help consumers overcome behavioral barriers and featured presentations by two of FIP's researchers, William Jack (Georgetown University) and Aaron Dibner-Dunlap (IPA). Their presentations are available below.
October 17, 2016
IPA Myanmar Country Representative Jihae Hong participated in a panel discussion (titled The Application of Quantitative Impact Evaluations to Support Decision Making in Private Sector Development Programming and Policy) at the University of Sydney on Monday, October 17, 2016. The panel discussion was part of a one-day Development Policy Workshop on "The Role of the Private Sector in Economic Development: Evidence, Policy and Practice," hosted by the University of Sydney's School of Economics.
Chicago, United States
September 28, 2016
On September 28th, IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program, together with JPMorgan Chase & Co., co-hosted a workshop on using behavioral insights in the financial sector. The event brought together top behavioral scientists from both academia and industry to present recent research on financial products and services, and how participants can integrate these lessons into their own work.