From September 28-29, IPA Kenya, in partnership with the University of Nairobi will host a physical matchmaking event on driving locally-grounded research through strong partnerships and networks. This is aligned with the broad objective of IPA's Researcher Diversification Strategy which is to advance locally-grounded research and support scholars conducting development research in the countries where we work.
Financial service providers and government regulators have a unique opportunity to monitor consumer protection risks like multiple borrowing and late repayment: these institutions have access to rich data on consumers’ financial records. But how can we go from collecting data to actually protecting consumers?
The Education Evidence for Action (EE4A) Conference 2021 took place on 25th & 26th November, 2021 in Naivasha, Kenya. This biennial event brought together education stakeholders and policymakers to share education evidence and deliberate on key policy issues and priorities in education. The theme of this year's conference was"Nurturing an Evidence Culture in implementation of Competence Based Curriculum (CBC & CBET) in Post-COVID Era."
The conference focused on the following sub-themes:
Administrative data such as payment transactions or borrower records are detailed and inexpensive, making it an increasingly popular monitoring tool for regulators and financial institutions. But once you have the data, how do you use it to understand the experiences and challenges of real-life consumers and provide insights into your consumer protection policies? IPA has worked with regulators to put a human face on financial services data across several markets.
On October 6, IPA Kenya, alongside Kenya’s State Department for Youth Affairs (SDY), Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), and the World Bank, hosted the dissemination of the COVID 19, Gender and Youth Employment Study.
On May 11, IPA and the Competition Authority of Kenya presented findings from the Digital Credit Market Inquiry at a Stakeholder Validation Workshop. The Inquiry seeks to identify and propose policy recommendations for improvements in consumer protection and competition in Kenya’s expansive digital credit market. Digital credit refers to loans that are delivered exclusively via phones or the internet, often for very short tenures and at a high cost.
On March 18, IPA and J-PAL co-organized a closed-door roundtable discussion in Kenya, as inputs to the Population Policy for National Development, which is currently being revised. The event was co-hosted with the National Council for Population Development, the agency spearheading the policy revisions and that will have oversight over its implementation. Several key partners to the discussion were invited, including the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the TVET Authority, the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority, and Educate!.
On January 15, 2021, IPA launched our first-ever Consumer Protection Research Initiative Request for Proposals.
To help researchers prepare proposals for the February 26th deadline, we hosted two identical Question & Answer sessions on Wednesday, February 10th at 6:00AM Eastern Standard Time for those in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and Thursday, February 11th at 2:00PM Eastern Standard Time for those in the United States.
This webinar is part of IPA's RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South. Together with our partners, we are using this series to rapidly share what we are learning with the policy and research community to support evidence-informed response efforts. More information about other events in the series is available here.
On November 5, 2020, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the University of Southern California Center for Economic and Social Research, the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) held a webinar on gender transformative finance across East and Southern Africa, focusing on unpacking effects and directions for new research.
On September 29, 2020, from 9 AM - 10 AM (EDT), IPA's Consumer Protection Research Initiative held it's first Practitioner's Forum meeting, focusing on "Social Media as a Tool for Consumer Protection Monitoring."
On June 9, 2020, the Financial Inclusion Program at IPA convened a global network of more than 60 researchers working on consumer protection and digital finance issues for the Launch Meeting of the Consumer Protection Research Initiative. This virtual meeting featured presentations by Initiative leadership Xavier Giné of the World Bank and Rafe Mazer of Innovations for Poverty Action, researcher presentations by Dani Madrid-Morales (University of Houston), Matthew Bird (Universidad del Pacifico) and Paolina Medina (Texas A&M), and moderated discussion...
The Novartis Access Program conducted workshops at the county level aimed at sharing the preliminary study results with the county health officials and to engage them in discussions that facilitated the interpretation and contextualization of the study findings. These workshops targeted eight counties of Kenya where the study was conducted i.e. Kakamega, Samburu, Kwale, Nyeri, Embu, Narok, West Pokot, and Makueni, and culminated into the main study results dissemination event to be held in late April.
Times and location of each of the meetings are listed below:
From November 27-29, 2019, Education Evidence for Action (EE4A), a coalition of civil society organizations, academics, and government officials under the Ministry of Education (MOE), will host its biannual policy conference in Machakos, Kenya. EE4A has previously organized two policy conferences in 2015 and 2017, and its third conference in 2019 will serve as a proactive strategy to link education evidence to policy and action.
The 2019 EE4A conference aims to: