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December 08, 2011

On November 30, 2011, MIF General Manager Nancy Lee delivered opening remarks at the Innovations for Poverty Action SME Initiative Conference, co-hosted by IPA and the MIF and held at the IDB Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This annual event brings together a broad stakeholder group of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the latest research on entrepreneurship and SME development in emerging markets.

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December 08, 2011

"Last week, Innovations for Poverty Action's SME Initiative brought together researchers and  practitioners to discuss recent research on SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises), mostly in the developing world." A brief summary of the conference.

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September 16, 2011

Nicholas Kristof writes for the New York Times: 

"Careful research by Professor Esther Duflo of M.I.T. and other economists suggests that microfinance can chip away at poverty but is not a panacea."

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June 03, 2011

"In recent years, a number of private foundations and organizations have launched ambitious initiatives to support promising entrepreneurs in developing countries, on both a for-profit and not-for-profit basis."

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June 01, 2011

"This book is a gem. Anyone serious about aid, philanthropy, or impact investing should read it, maybe a couple of times."

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May 16, 2011

Politicians are ignorant about trials, and they're weird about evidence. It doesn't need to be this way. In international development work, resources are tight and people know that good intentions aren't enough: in fact, good intentions can sometimes do harm. We need to know what works.

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February 24, 2011

"Policymakers are desperate to promote enterprise." The new Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index could help.

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October 13, 2010

"A new study demonstrates just how important bureaucracy and paperwork really are."

September 28, 2010

On September 17th and 18th, Innovations for Poverty Action hosted the kick-off meeting for the new Small & Medium Enterprise Initiative.  The meeting provided an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders to come together and discuss the key issues relating to SME policy and development with a specific focus on access to finance, access to markets, and access to human capital.  

Over the two day meeting, the participants explored the many open questions about the constraints to SMEs across the different focus areas, and the potential research questions...

September 16, 2010

"Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up an estimated 90 percent of businesses and over 50 percent of employment worldwide" (IFC). A key issue then for development and cutting poverty is figuring out ways for these small firms to increase their profits and grow.  

This weekend IPA is kicking off a new research initiative with a conference at Yale University, looking at some of the challenges facing Small and medium enterprises in developing countries, and how these challenges might be addressed.

Participants ranging...

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November 10, 2009

A recent Slate article picks up where the WSJ left off in describing IPA's research in the Philippines, Bolivia, and Peru that explores how text message "reminders" can help people overcome barriers to saving.

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November 04, 2009

A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses research in the Philippines, Bolivia, and Peru by IPA President Dean Karlan and IPA Research Affiliate Jonathan Zinman that explores how text message "reminders" can help people overcome barriers to saving.

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David McKenzie
August 17, 2009

The World Bank's Private Sector Development blog discusses the findings of a new study on the informal sector in Bolivia by IPA Research Affiliate David McKenzie:

"Do Marginal Firms in Bolivia Benefit from Formalizing?"

"David McKenzie and Yaye Seynabou Sakho have written a great piece explaining both why some firms choose not to formalize and what the benefits of formalization might be. You can read a short version here and a longer version here. The authors find that Bolivian firms that are located close to a tax office are more likely to formalize. This finding is further...

Dean Karlan, Christopher Udry, Miriam Bruhn, Antoinette Schoar
April 13, 2009

This seems to be our week to blog about Bill Easterly's blog.  Although in this one, we aren't going to agree as much.  I was really excited to see his report about Women's Trust until I got to the final paragraph:

"This kind of aid project is based on a lot of personal, face to face interaction, developing trust and a shared vision, so it is small scale, it has to let things proceed at their own pace, it can’t meet rigid pre-set output targets, it could never be judged by a rigorous “randomized controlled trial” methodology. In short,...

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August 02, 2006

The group lending model of microfinance in India can do with less stringency, according to Dean Karlan. Flexibility towards individual lending should be explored.

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