Media Coverage
December 10, 2020

Researchers Ala’ Alrababa’h, Marine Casalis, and Daniel Masterson share findings from their study on the return intentions of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon; many of which plan to remain in Lebanon despite the challenges to their health and livelihood.

Read the IPA policy brief on the study's results here.

Media Coverage
November 30, 2020

Uganda's New Vision covers a recent community launch of the PlayMatters initiative which aims to strengthen the mental, physical, and emotional skills and well-being of refugee and host community children, to bolster their development and ability to cope with trauma. The local launch on November 20, held in the Adjumani refugee settlement, followed a national launch at Uganda's State House in October. 

PlayMatters is funded by the LEGO Foundation and implemented by a consortium led by the International Rescue Committee, in partnership with Plan International, War Child Holland, the...

Media Coverage
November 13, 2020

The Social Science Space podcast interviews Salma Mousa, who combinined her interests in sports and contact theory in a study of interfaith soccer teams in northern Iraq. Mousa explains what the results may teach us about improving relationships between social groups, even in post-war settings.

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November 05, 2020

By David Alzate, Aprille Knox, Nessa Kenny, and Alison Fahey

Over the past four decades, the share of the global population living in extreme poverty has fallen substantially. But progress remains uneven. Countries facing political instability, conflict, and violence have experienced increasing rates of poverty during this same period. By the year 2030, roughly two-thirds of the world’s poor are expected to be living in fragile settings. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to push an additional 150 million people into extreme poverty by 2021. 

With these challenges in mind, in...

Mushfiq Mobarak
November 03, 2020


By Sarah Stillman

Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the University of California, Berkeley news site as well as CEGA's blog site.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists around the globe, refugees and others uprooted from their homes—due to conflict, economic hardship, climate change, and other pressures—must combat the dual hardships of disease and displacement. Already among the world’s most vulnerable, displaced people often have experienced violence and trauma, have limited access to services, and are homeless, with nowhere to safely isolate from the virus...

Media Coverage
August 31, 2020

Following coverage in a recent press release Science’s podcast interviews Salma Mousa on her work evaluating interfaith soccer teams to build tolerance in post-conflict Iraq. (Note: interview starts at 15:10). The study was also featured in Nature, Science News, Psychology Today, National Geographic (Spanish), NRC (Dutch), Trouw (Dutch), and Deutschland Funk (German).

Press Release
August 14, 2020

A new study, released today in Science, points to a way to help repair social ties and promote coexistence after war. The study found that in post-ISIS Iraq, mixing Christians and Muslims on soccer teams made Christian players more tolerant toward Muslims in their league, though the sentiments did not extend to Muslims in the broader community. The findings suggest that meaningful social contact can build community-level social cohesion with peers and acquaintances after war. 

The researcher, Salma Mousa, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab and Center for...

Media Coverage
July 28, 2020

The University of Michigan interviews researcher Dean Yang on his work on a survey of Mozambique households on social distancing norms supported by IPA and aimed at promoting public health safe practices to combat COVID-19.

Media Coverage
July 27, 2020

Colombia's La Silla Vacía interviews IPA Peace & Recovery Director Sebastian Chaskel on the economic impact of COVID-19. Chaskel shares results from the RECOVR survey in Colombia. The podcast also features several first-person accounts of unemployment in the country. To learn more about the survey results, see our blog post here.

Note: Podcast in Spanish.

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July 08, 2020

By swiftly enacting a national lockdown and sticking with it until a slow and partial reopening in June, Colombia has so far been spared the high COVID-19 infection rate and the related death toll of some of its neighbors like Brazil and Peru. While the restrictions to movement and gatherings protected the health system and saved lives, the economic impact of these restrictions has been felt across Colombian households. One in four Colombian workers (roughly 5.5 million people) lost their job in April, with women and those under the age of 30 among the hardest hit, and by May the...

Media Coverage
June 29, 2020

In a piece discussing COVID-19 and the risks of violent conflict, The Economist cites IPA research with Mushfiq Mobarak, C. Austin Davis, and Paula Lopez Peña in the Cox's Bazar region of Bangladesh, which found that COVID-19 symptoms were prevalent among Rohingya refugees. More information about the study is available here. 

Cox's Bazar
June 18, 2020

By Nessa Kenny and Laura Benrey

Photo: Sebastian Chaskel

Over 70 million people are forcibly displaced as a result of conflict, persecution, or violence—more than ever before in history. Displaced communities, who were already vulnerable before the pandemic hit, are particularly at risk now: they fall outside of traditional social safety nets, many live off of earnings made or food purchased that day, and many live in densely populated refugee camps where social distancing and handwashing are difficult, if not impossible. Last month, for example, our Cox’s Bazar Panel...

Photo courtesy of Rodrigo Canales
Rodrigo Canales
June 12, 2020

Editor's note: This is a cross-posting of an interview with researcher Rodrigo Canales that originally appeared on the Yale School of Management's Yale Insights blog about his ongoing work with IPA Mexico.  

For the last three years, Rodrigo Canales, an associate professor of organizational behavior at Yale SOM, has led a project studying police forces in Mexico and testing approaches to building more effective and trusted departments. We asked him what the research says about how to prevent racist and violent policing in the United States.

Photo courtesy of Rodrigo...

Media Coverage
May 27, 2020

Yale News covers Professor Mushfiq Mobarak's work with IPA and others to measure and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

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December 19, 2019

A long-time supporter of IPA recently gave me the gift of a very open-ended question—something along the lines of “So, how did things go this year?” As we close a very eventful 2019, it was refreshing to be able to recollect some highlights of IPA’s policy engagement around the world and reflect on what we’ve learned and where we’re going next on the second pillar of our strategic ambition: sharing evidence strategically.

(Since it’s just possible that you don’t have IPA’s strategic plan memorized as I do, I’ll just link you to Annie Duflo’s great post from last year, explaining how...