May 16, 2016
On May 16th in Bogota, IPA and Asobancaria (with support from the Citi Foundation) co-hosted a workshop for 40 high- and mid-level policymakers and financial service providers interested in learning how rigorous evidence can help them better serve their customers. During the one-day event, attendees engaged in a series of discussions that encouraged them to think about how recent financial inclusion evidence applies to their institutions and how RCTs can be useful for decision-making.
March 22, 2016 - March 24, 2016
From March 22-24, Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) Zambia and the International Growth Centre (IGC) held a series of dissemination events to present and discuss the preliminary results of The Impact of Food and Cash Loans on Smallholder Farmers in Zambia, which is being conduction by IPA in collaboration with researchers Kelsey Jack (Tufts University), Günther Fink (Harvard School of Public Health), and Felix Masiye (University of Zambia).
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
March 17, 2016
On March 17th, 2016, three projects funded by the Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund were presented on a panel at the 18th Microcredit Summit in Abu Dhabi.
New Delhi, India
March 08, 2016
On March 8th, 2016, Alison Fahey (J-PAL Program Manager for Finance) spoke at the SAMN Conference in Delhi about building the financial capability of low-income consumers -- in other words, equipping them to take the right financial decisions for their individual situations, a key to enabling their financial success.
March 01, 2016
UPDATE: You can find a recording of the webinar here, and you can download a PDF of the presentation slides below.
January 26, 2016
On January 26, 2016, IPA Colombia and Acción brought together several actors of the Colombian financial sector and government policymakers to discuss innovative solutions in the financial inclusion sector and how impact evaluations can be used in the innovation process.
November 17, 2015
FSD Kenya was proud to host the inaugural FSD Kenya annual lecture on financial inclusion. On Tuesday November 17th from 6pm to 7pm there was a presentation by Dr Tavneet Suri, a Kenyan development economist and associate professor of applied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. The lecture was based on Dr Suri's research into the usage and impact of M-Pesa and other financial instruments in Kenya.
Webinar: Better Decision-Making with Randomized Controlled Trials: A Guide for Financial Service Providers
2-3 PM, EST, United States
November 05, 2015
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have grown in popularity among for-profit and not-for-profit financial service providers alike, due to their accuracy in evaluating both bottom-line and social mission impacts. But many organizations struggle to understand exactly what RCTs are, and how to begin using RCTs for decision-making. In this free webinar, we discuss why RCTs are so powerful and how financial service providers can use RCTs to understand the impacts of their products and services. Specifically, we cover:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST, United States
November 05, 2015
Innovations for Poverty Action hosted a webinar on November 5th to showcase the latest rigorous evidence on innovations in financial capability and financial services. The webinar shared the latest insights from research on financial product design, product-related information, and financial education, featuring presentations by Tarek Ghani (Princeton), José Tessada (PUC Chile), and Marina Dimova (ideas42).
October 29, 2015
On October 29th, Zahra Niazi and Pooja Wagh from IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program hosted a workshop on using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to improve financial product design at the 2015 Asia Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit. The workshop provided attendees with real-world examples of how RCTs can produce rigorous evidence to improve financial product design. Find more information here.
October 23, 2015
On October 23rd, Anna Segura, Research Associate with the IPA Colombia office, presented at the Universidad del Norte, about IPA's microfinance evaluation, and the flexible credit evaluation that is being implemented in Barranquilla. The presentation was part of a seminar series hosted by the Institute of Economic Studies of the Caribbean (Instituto de Estudios Económicos del Caribe –IEEC).
September 14, 2015
Sneha Stephen (Program Coordinator, IPA) gave a presentation and participated in a panel on “Preventing crises and addressing over-indebtedness through responsible finance” at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management’s 14th University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Workshop on Responsible Inclusive Finance. She presented research from randomized evaluations of microcredit and their implications for improving client screening, reducing delinquency, and addressing over-indebtedness. More information about the event is available online.
September 07, 2015 - September 09, 2015
The advent of digital finance has brought with it the opportunity to include those without full access to formal financial services. However, increased access to and use of digital financial services, for all its benefits, does not come without risks, which are crucial to address if financial services are to enhance consumer well-being.
June 09, 2015
IPA Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kenyan Government’s Vision 2030 Program. Vision 2030 is an initiative of the Kenyan government that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country by 2030 through economic, social, and political development.
April 29, 2015
Sebastian Chaskel (Country Representative, IPA Colombia), Maya Marquez (Research Associate, IPA Colombia), and Anna Segura (Research Associate, IPA Colombia) presented on IPA's research methodology, findings from research on financial inclusion, and the Flexible Credit project to researchers of the Fundación Para el Desarrollo del Caribe (Fundesarrollo), a local think tank based in Barranquilla.