IPA led a learning lunch table during USAIDs Digital Development Forum on the 17th of July 2017 in Lusaka. This action-packed event focused on innovative and effective digital development solutions in Zambia for improving education, health, and agriculture and featured local technology firms, USAID implementing partners, and multiple donors. The topic was “Promising directions for women’s empowerment through digital finance: Evidence from randomized control trials.”
The UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education and School Health, and UNESCO as a secretariat, hosted the 2017 IATT Symposium and Members Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia on May 10th and 11th May.
The theme for the symposium was Lessons from Implementing HIV and school initiatives; exploring gaps and opportunities for gender responsive programming in education.
The Community Health Assistant (CHA) stakeholder meeting was held at Lusaka Radisson Blu Hotel on the 6th of April. In attendance were stakeholders of the program, including MoH, IGC, CIDRZ, CHAI, USAID, DFID, UNICEF, and the EU.
Dr. Caroline Phiri, the Director of Public Health at the MoH, provided a complete background and update on the status of the CHA program from the recruitment and selection criteria to their deployment.
Nikhil Wilmink, a monitoring and evaluation technical advisor with CHAI, gave a presentation on their process evaluation of the CHA program.
On March 16, 2017, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the International Growth Centre (IGC), in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of General Education (MoGE), hosted a policy dissemination event on research results from the study, “The Impact of Teaching Girls Negotiation Skills in Zambia,” conducted by Prof.
On March 15, 2017, IPA Zambia co-hosted a policy event with the International Growth Centre (IGC) to disseminate evidence on challenges of water provision in Zambia. The event was attended by 45 stakeholders including representatives from the Ministry of Mines, Energy, and Water Development; Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA); Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company; and NGOs such as GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), and NGO WASH Forum, amongst other organizations.
On June 21st, in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC), IPA hosted an event on electricity and water utility provision research. The overall objective of the event was to create a forum to discuss how research could help inform policies on utility provision in Zambia. To motivate this discussion, case studies of projects recently supported by IPA and IGC were presented, and a panel of policy-makers in Zambia shared their views.
This seminar addressed the "last-mile" problem of uptake in health: products and services are available, people are aware of their effectiveness, and yet uptake remains low. Rachel Levenson of IPA-Zambia presented evidence from research on innovations based on behavioral economics and behavior-centered designs that address behavior change working with emotions, non-monetary incentives, and social and status pressure to trigger shift in behavior and norms.
On April 26, 2016, IPA Zambia presented study results at the World Bank Zambia office during one of their brown bag lunches. Rachna Nag Chowdhuri, Country Director, and Rachel Levenson, Research Manager, presented results from The Impact of Food and Cash Loans on Smallholder Farmers in Zambia and Temporary Labor Migration as Mitigation: Strategies for Managing Seasonal Famine (Bangladesh).
From March 22-24, Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) Zambia and the International Growth Centre (IGC) held a series of dissemination events to present and discuss the preliminary results of The Impact of Food and Cash Loans on Smallholder Farmers in Zambia, which is being conduction by IPA in collaboration with researchers Kelsey Jack (Tufts University), Günther Fink (Harvard School of Public Health), and Felix Masiye (University of Zambia).
Emily Cupito (Policy Manager, J-PAL Africa) presented lessons from randomized evaluations of targeted instruction programs to a working group on catch-up programs in Lusaka, Zambia. The Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training, and Early Education in Zambia chaired the meeting and several partners, including IPA Zambia, participated.
Innovations for Poverty Action Zambia (IPA) partnered with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL) and the University of Zambia (UNZA) to hold a four day impact evaluation course from 24-27 August 2015. The course included two streams: a policymaker stream and a researcher stream. The researcher stream focused on the benefits and methods of randomisation, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of experiments.
Rachna Nag Chowdhuri (Country Director, IPA Zambia), Emily Cupito (Policy Manager, J-PAL Africa), Erika Keaveney (Research Manager, IPA Zambia), and Ashleigh Morrell (Training and Policy Associate, J-PAL Africa) participated in a meeting with members of Zambia’s Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training, and Early Education. The focus of the three-day event was on assessing the performance of the Education and Skills Sector in 2014 and identifying ways to improve service delivery in the sector.
IPA-Zambia, in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC) and Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ), hosted the public seminar “Incentives for Public Service Delivery” in Lusaka on March 17th, 2015. Oriana Bandeira from the London School of Economics presented results from the Community Health Worker study. The session was moderated by Professor Nava Ashraf from Harvard Business School. The seminar drew in a large audience from across civil society and Government of Zambia.
Researchers Nava Ashraf and Oriana Bandeira presented results from the study Recruiting and Motivating Community Health Assistants in Zambia at multiple high-level governmental meetings in Lusaka, Zambia between March 16-20 2015. This included the following meetings: