Online, United States
October 27, 2021, October 29, 2021

On October 27-29, 2021, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Northwestern University's Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) will hold our 2021 Researcher Gathering, a 3-day virtual-only conference. Each day of the event will contain multiple concurrent panel (breakout room) sessions as well as plenary sessions. Please note that this event is invitation-only.
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.
Webinar, Bangladesh
July 28, 2021

On July 28, 2021, Kathryn Glynn-Broderick, Associate Director of the Financial Inclusion Program, presented on behalf of IPA at the webinar “Government to People (G2P) Payment Digitization: Understanding Beneficiaries’ Experiences.” The webinar aimed to provide insights into how recipients experience current G2P digital payment processes, with a special focus on women and the vulnerable groups in the community as they continue to digitize and evolve the social safety net payment programs.
Webinar, United States
July 08, 2021

On July 8, 2021, Rebecca Rouse, Director of IPA's Financial Inclusion Program, presented at a roundtable entitled "Scaling innovative solutions and financing mechanisms for city-wide transformation of slums and informal settlements." The roundtable was part of a Tripartite Conference, facilitated by UN Habitat.
Webinar, Philippines
June 28, 2021

On June 28, IPA Philippines conducted a virtual design workshop with key stakeholders and implementing partners to assess and refine treatment prototypes for the Nimble Experimentation on Digital Financial Inclusion project. This exercise helped ensure that the experiment designs are relevant and feasible to implement under a short-term proof-of-concept project.
Webinar, United States
June 23, 2021

On June 23, 2021, IPA hosted a virtual workshop with financial service providers and government officials in Indonesia on the challenges and opportunities in delivering financial services to women entrepreneurs. The event was hosted in partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK), and Bappenas.
Manila, Philippines
June 21, 2021

On June 21, IPA Philippines presented to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines Research Reference Group (RRG) meeting on Research and Experimentation on Digital Financial Inclusion. The RRG is composed of the research teams of UNDP-funded digital financial inclusion experimentation projects, which includes IPA and KindMind, and key stakeholders such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Webinar, Ghana
June 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected global economic activity and continues to imperil the livelihoods of many. The effects of the pandemic on the poor in developing countries may be particularly severe, as many citizens are already vulnerable and largely without access to formal government social protection. In this context, many cost-effective and rapidly scalable mechanisms have emerged to extend social support during this crisis.
Webinar, Philippines
June 14, 2021

On June 14, IPA presented the results from the Digital Cash Transfer Monitoring Study to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Social Amelioration Program (SAP—emergency subsidy) Small Working Group. IPA, in collaboration with the DSWD and the World Bank, conducted a phone survey of SAP beneficiaries to understand beneficiary experience with digital G2P payment delivery through financial service providers. This second presentation to DSWD includes undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and directors of the Department.
Webinar, Philippines
May 31, 2021

On May 31, IPA presented the findings from the Digital Cash Transfers Monitoring Survey to the Policy and Plans Cluster of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The study seeks to understand the beneficiary experience with the digitized system of payment transfers of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP)—an emergency cash subsidy program to help low-income households affected by the pandemic.
Webinar, Kenya
May 21, 2021

On May 11, IPA and the Competition Authority of Kenya presented findings from the Digital Credit Market Inquiry at a Stakeholder Validation Workshop. The Inquiry seeks to identify and propose policy recommendations for improvements in consumer protection and competition in Kenya’s expansive digital credit market. Digital credit refers to loans that are delivered exclusively via phones or the internet, often for very short tenures and at a high cost.
Webinar, United States
May 18, 2021

The expansion of access to finance and other anti-poverty programming such as cash or asset transfers can have strong impacts on poverty alleviation—but only for certain types of beneficiaries. What do we know about the households or enterprises that are most likely to benefit from these policies, and how to reach them at scale?
IPA UCC Stata Training
Webinar, Uganda
May 10, 2021, May 11, 2021, May 14, 2021

Since early 2020, IPA and the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) have partnered to improve understanding and measurement of consumer protection issues in mobile telecommunications and digital financial services and to test new consumer protection solutions One aspect of this partnership has been to further develop UCC’s analytical tools and processes related to consumer complaints logs.