Media Coverage
July 30, 2021

Nature's news service highlights key findings from a study conducted by IPA and over 30 other institutions surveying nearly 45,000 people in 12 countries which found willingness to get a COVID vaccination was higher in lower-income countries than in Russia and the U.S. 

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July 30, 2021

Yale University's School of Management features their research in collaboration with IPA and Stanford University to NORMalize mask-wearing in Bangladesh. The article outlines how the approach is currently being scaled up across South Asia and beyond with the help of local partners. Mushfiq Mobarak talks about how these partners helped to reach rural communities in Bangladesh and IPA Policy Manager  Jose Pinilla peaks on efforts to expand the model in Latina America, with initiatives in Mexico, Uruguay, and Peru.

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July 30, 2021

Northwestern Univesity expands on results from a paper in February 2021 on the economic impact of COVID-19 in nine lower- and middle-income countries. Overall, findings showed the pandemic took a significant toll on key livelihood outcomes—including food security, employment, and domestic violence—across several LMICs and that the economic shock will have long-term consequences. Dean Karlan and Chris Udry discuss the challenges of developing the phone surveys used in the study and how this data can be used to determine a path forward. For example, emergency cash transfers in Togo were...

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July 30, 2021

Pakistan Observer reports on support from local and international partners to NORMalize mask-wearing in Lahore, an effort recently bolstered by the social media campaign, #Lahore Mask Pehnta Hey (Lahore Wears Masks).

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Press Release
July 19, 2021

Study examines vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in 10 low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. 

New research published in Nature Medicine reveals willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine was considerably higher in developing countries (80% of respondents) than in the United States (65%) and Russia (30%). 

The study provides one of the first insights into vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in a broad selection of low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), covering over 20,000 survey respondents and bringing together researchers from over 30 institutions...

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July 16, 2021

Nature Medicine features commentary by Shingai Machingaidze and Charles Shey Wiysonge on the new study "COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in low- and middle-income countries." They argue that the findings of the study "suggest that prioritizing distribution of vaccines to LMICs is justified not only on equity grounds but also on the expectation of higher marginal returns in maximizing global coverage at a faster rate."

This study was also featured in a range of other outlets, including SciTech Daily, IFL Science, Yale Insights, Cornell University, University of Minnesota, ...

Media Coverage
June 28, 2021

In an op-ed for Project Syndicate, Michael Kremer and Edward Miguel cite IPA's long-term deworming research in arguing against UK aid cuts to combatting neglected tropical diseases.

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June 28, 2021

Bangladesh's The Daily Star features an op-ed with Mushfiq Mobarak and Asif Saleh on IPA's work in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing through No-cost free masks distribution door-to-door, Offering information on mask-wearing via video and brochures, Reinforcement in-person and in public, and Modelling and endorsement by trusted leaders. They describe how the NORM model works and ongoing efforts to scale up the approach.

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June 28, 2021

In an op-ed for The Indian Express, Mushfiq Mobarak, Maha Rehman, and Satchit Balsari write on the need for collaboration between countries in South Asia to address COVID-19 in the region, citing the scale-up of an IPA-tested model in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing.

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May 26, 2021

In the Dhaka Tribune, Mushfiq Mobarak describes how the "polite intervention" of a Bangladesh study normalizing community mask-wearing was shown to be more effective than the threat of legal punishment.

The study was also featured in The Times of India, Nepali Times, The Indian Express, Big News Network, Medical Xpress, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), and BD News 24 as well as the Bengali outlets Jugantor, Prothomalo, and Samakal.

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May 26, 2021

Business Standard reports on how a recent study on mask use in Bangladesh could inform public policy in rural parts of India. To start this scale-up, the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is piloting a similar project for the two million women in its network in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Note: The article is gated.

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May 26, 2021

Vox's Kelsey Piper highlights effective ways to donate to help India as their COVID-19 crisis worsens, including how IPA's work scaling up community mask-wearing in South Asia is helping inform efforts to encourage mask use.

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May 26, 2021

Bangladesh's Financial Express article describes the efficacy of IPA's work in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing through: No-cost free masks distribution door-to-door, Offering information on mask-wearing via video and brochures, Reinforcement in-person and in public, and Modelling and endorsement by trusted leaders. This approach has helped inform and influence local policy to promote mask use in Dhaka.

Zambia RECOVR 2 Timeline
April 20, 2021

As part of IPA’s ongoing research around the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19, we recently held a webinar with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network highlighting key results of the second round of the RECOVR surveys in Zambia and Rwanda. This blog post summarizes the main findings of the survey in Zambia and policy recommendations. Click here for the blog for Rwanda.

In both countries, there are pockets of progress, including continued adherence to certain virus mitigation measures and promising acceptance rates for vaccinations. Education remains a key concern for parents of...

Mariel, Laura, Annie
March 10, 2021

To mark the occasion of International Women's Day, IPA presents the second of three blog posts this week interviewing female policymakers we've worked with in different countries around the world. They told us about their experiences working in government and promoting a culture of evidence-based policymaking within their institutions, how the COVID-19 pandemic changed their work, and what long-term impacts they hope to achieve in the sectors in which they work. See the first blog post here and the second post here.

Mariel Bayangos, Division Chief- Planning Service, Policy Research and...

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