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August 29, 2016

SME Program Director, Lucia Sanchez, is interviewed by Argentina's Infotechnology, where she discusses the use of Randomized Controlled Trials for the design of effective social programs.

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May 30, 2016

IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo was interviewed by Colombia's business and economics daily Portafolio, where she discussed IPA's work on microcredit, unconditional cash transfers, and small and medium enterprises there.

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May 20, 2016

NPR's Planet Money podcast featured a full episode on an IPA's study which randomized a national competition in Nigeria giving away $58 million dollars to aspiring entrepreneurs. They speak with study author David McKenzie of the World Bank, IPA researcher Chris Blattman of Columbia University, and the former Finance Minister of Nigeria about the unexpected success of the program, and what was learned for bolstering economic growth and hiring. An article accompanying the story appeared on NPR's international health development blog here. 

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May 16, 2016

National Public Radio's flagship news program All Things Considered featured a story on IPA's study in Nigeria on spurring economic growth.

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March 23, 2016

Researcher Rodgers Naijuka of Uganda's Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, discusses programs to help women entrepreneurs in that country, and IPA's findings on women-owned businesses.

January 05, 2016

The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Program at IPA is pleased to announce the 10th round of applications to its Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and SME Growth. The goal of this fund is to support innovative research that is in line with the Program’s objective to build a body of evidence on the effectiveness of programs and policies that promote SME growth. Funding will be allocated competitively to projects that address innovative research questions, use rigorous methods, and have the utmost policy relevance in the areas outlined below.

Update: Submissions are now...

Media Coverage
November 16, 2015

Peru’s Mundo MyPE, a journal aimed at Peru’s small business sector, interviewed Oriana Ponta, Program Manager of IPA’s Small & Medium Enterprises Program. Oriana discussed IPA and J-PAL’s efforts to share evidence about programs that help small businesses grow, as well as partnerships with Peruvian government agencies to evaluate their small business programs and policies.

Mundo MyPe, un periódico peruano para los empresarios de la micro y pequeña empresa peruana, entrevisó a Oriana Ponta, Gerente de Programa de Pequeña y Mediana Empresa de Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)....

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November 14, 2015

Cobertura de la Conferencia- Taller Internacional: “Evidencia para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa”

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November 06, 2015

The New York times cites IPA's study in Nigeria on supurring business growth through competitions in connection with a program experimenting with a similar approach in Buffalo, New York.

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November 02, 2015

A rigorous set of studies published in January has helped to more firmly establish microcredit’s limitations. A team of leading microfinance academics from Yale, Dartmouth, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology compared the gains in living standards among borrowers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Mongolia, and Morocco with those of non-borrowers, measuring household consumption and income. The researchers concluded that, in all six countries, microcredit’s benefits were moderate, at best, and not transformational.

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October 13, 2015

Quartz has the story on an IPA small and medium enterprise study in Nigeria with David McKenzie of the World Bank. The study, looking at ways to spur business growth and hiring, gave away $50,000 to aspiring and current business owners in a national competition, and was extremely successful at spurring expansion and job creation.

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Adam Osman, Amit Khandelwal, David Atkin
July 10, 2015

Editors note: This is a cross-post with NextBillion.

In 2009, Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization that works to create market opportunities for artisans around the world, set up a program in Egypt. The goal was to support the growth of small rug-making businesses by giving them the opportunity to export to high-income countries. Working closely with an Egyptian intermediary called Hamis Carpets, Aid to Artisans (ATA) identified small-scale rug-makers and helped them improve productivity to meet the standards of foreign buyers.

Export promotion programs like ATA’s work...

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May 15, 2015

IPA's Rules of Thumb study was mentioned the May 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review:

"A recent field experiment with small-business owners in the Dominican Republic found that teaching them the simple heuristic of keeping separate purses for business and personal life, and moving money from one to the other only once a month, had a much greater impact than conventional financial education. 'The big challenge is to know the realm of applications where these heuristics are useful, and where they are useless or even harm people,' says the MIT economist Antoinette Schoar, one of the...

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April 20, 2015

The International Growth Centre features a blog post by Stephen Anderson-Macdonald, on his IPA study with Bilal Zia and Rajesh Chandy, looking at the mixed history of research on business training for micro-entreprenurs in developing countries and asking if all business training is the same?  They separated out finance from marketing trianing, and compared each to a control group, finding that they both worked, but seem to work by different routes, and differently for different people. Read a summary of the project here.

April 07, 2015

Rwanda’s national economy relies heavily on coffee, which accounts for 30% of the country’s exports. Coffee washing businesses that dry the farmers' coffee beans before export are an important part of the supply chain behind those exports. Each year, these stations require large loans over a short period of time to purchase beans. However, the volatility of coffee prices makes the sector risky for lenders, which means that coffee washing firms find it difficult to secure the loans they need to grow. Alternative approaches to small and medium enterprise (SME) financing could reduce the risk...