IPA research in Uganda has contributed new evidence to global debates about a range of topics. These include cash transfers, forest conservation, mass media campaigns, and cost-effective versions of the graduation approach.


Several IPA Uganda studies have influenced global debates as the first randomized evaluations of innovative programs. For example, one found that paying farmers not to cut down trees was effective at reducing deforestation; another, which IPA is now replicating in Tanzania, found that a mass media messaging campaign reduced violence against women.

In 2018, IPA released results from a nine-year follow-up to a widely-cited study on cash transfers which found that the comparison group, whose earnings were lower than cash recipients’ after four years, had caught up after nine. The evidence contributed a new perspective to the global debate over how people move out of poverty and why.

IPA Uganda regularly disseminates results of its policy-relevant research through events and media outreach.

IPA Uganda held a successful dissemination event at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017. At this event, Pia Raffler and Melina Platas, principal investigators of the Meet the...
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