In Foreign Policy, Yale's Mushfiq Mobarak writes on how to address seasonal poverty, including his and others' work with IPA on: seasonal migration in Bangladesh, public works programs in Malawi, microfranchising in Kenya, and seasonal loans to farmers in Kenya.
In an op-ed, Daily Nation discusses an ongoing IPA evaluation, in partnership with GiveDirectly, on the effects of universal basic income (UBI) in rural Kenya.
Researchers David Evans and Fei Yuan review evidence from around the world showing that there is no need to focus just on girls’ education. Most interventions that improve education for girls also help boys. They cite an IPA study in Kenya in which providing scholarships to high-performing sixth-grade girls helped classroom performance in general, not just for girls.
In an interview with Freakonomics, IPA founder Dean Karlan and James Choi discuss their work (completed with fellow researcher Gharad Bryan) on an IPA evaluation of a Christian health and livelihood training program in the Philippines. The study tested two versions of the program, one with and one without a religious messaging component. While only the latter raised incomes, it also reduced participants' perception of their relative economic status in their community.
The Daily Guardian reports on the launch of a graduation program in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and BRAC, have partnered on the program which will be evaluated in an IPA randomized controlled trial.
Vox's Future Perfect writes on the effects of cash transfers compared to holistic "graduation" programs as well as how both approaches can be applied in conjunction with one another. Vox cites IPA research conducted in Uganda as well as a large-scale IPA study tested in Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Pakistan, and Peru.
Sweden's Sveriges Radio reports on an IPA study on cash benchmarking in Rwanda as both a news and feature piece. The evaluation compared how a standard WASH, hygiene, and nutrition program compares to just giving people cash, measuring impacts on indicators of poverty and malnutrition. (Note: in Swedish).
Originally reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Daily Mail covers an ongoing IPA evaluation, in partnership with GiveDirectly, evaluating the effects of universal basic income (UBI) in rural Kenya. This story also appeared in Le Monde and Capital News.
Spiegel Online covers an ongoing IPA study, in partnership with GiveDirectly, evaluating the effects of a universal basic income (UBI) in rural Kenya.
In an op-ed featured in Devex, Melissa Patsalides, a deputy assistant administrator for USAID writes on an IPA cash benchmarking study in Rwanda, reflecting on what it means for the aid agency's views on testing effectiveness of programs around the world.
With the launch of their Future Perfect section, Vox discusses IPA research on cash benchmarking, comparing cash to the multi-faceted "graduation approach" to helping the poorest of the poor. They discuss how this worked in Uganda and a large-scale randomization tested in Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Pakistan, and Peru. The piece and the research highlight when cash can be effective, but also how IPA is finding out what might work even better.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Christine Emba writes on an IPA cash benchmarking study in Rwanda, connecting it to a broader debate on the most effective methods to reduce poverty
Vox's Dylan Matthews covers an IPA cash benchmarking study in Rwanda and the context around it, including interviews with Berk Özler of the World Bank and Amanda Glassman of the Center for Global Development.
NPR's All Things Considered features an IPA study on cash benchmarking in Rwanda. The study compared a standard nutrition and WASH program to cash transfers.
Quartz’s technology and science reporter, Michael Coren, reviews IPA’s cash benchmarking study in Rwanda.