Media Coverage
July 26, 2016
Some of the smartest people in the world are thinking about international development. But we have to make sure their good ideas don’t get stuck inside the ivory tower. USAID helps scientists bridge the gap between their research and implementation on the ground. Recently, a group of researchers funded by USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures program studied community health worker recruitment.
Maximum Diva Female Condom ad
January 22, 2016


Next month, a new and improved contraceptive product will be marketed to urban, young adults with some disposable income, using billboards, Facebook, and WhatsApp messages. These millennials are living in Lusaka, Zambia, and right alongside this marketing campaign will be a group of health researchers who know that making a new product available doesn’t mean it’ll actually get used. The product is the Maximum Diva Women’s Condom, a new and improved female condom, with a better design, in a sleek new package and at a slightly higher price point.

Media Coverage
October 08, 2015
National Public Radio's Morning Edition went to Zambia to report on IPA's study there adapting the Harvard Business School's negotiation curriculum for girls there. The project is exploring whether equipping girls with negotiation skills can better help them navigate the many challenges they face and stay in school.
Media Coverage
August 06, 2014
Nava Ashraf explains why it makes sense for field researchers to co-produce knowledge with the people they study and serve.
Günther Fink, Kelsey Jack
June 25, 2014
Growing up in the California Bay Area with temperate weather year round, seasonality to me meant the difference between putting on a t-shirt or a light sweater in the morning. However, here in Eastern Zambia, seasonality affects a lot more than just clothes: the vast majority of people are subsistence farmers, the economy is largely agrarian, and, because agriculture relies on the rains, there is only one harvest each year. 
Media Coverage
June 03, 2014
London School of Economics' International Growth Centre recently produced a short film featuring our researchers Nava Ashraf and Oriana Bandiera discussing IPA's study on recruiting and motivating health workers in Zambia. Read more about the film at LSE's website, and find more details on the study here.  
Media Coverage
April 30, 2013
Over the past decade, governments and institutions the world over have spent roughly $9 billion annually to combat public health scourges such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and waterborne illnesses. Yet more than 13 million people die each year, mostly in developing countries, from medical conditions for which effective prevention or treatment exists. Why?
Nava Ashraf, Kathleen McGinn
October 11, 2012
Nava Ashraf, Kathleen McGinn
May 09, 2012

In 2010, when I was role-playing with classmates in a graduate school Negotiations course, I never thought I would soon be facilitating a similar program in a secondary school in Zambia.

Media Coverage
July 14, 2011
Sometimes big ideas start with small experiments. That's been the experience of Harvard Business School professor Nava Ashraf, whose experimental approach to research in developing countries has produced insights that have influenced government policies.
Nava Ashraf, Mushfiq Mobarak, Michael Kremer
January 27, 2011

Last Friday I attended the inaugural Impact Evaluation Conference at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. It was great hearing an exciting mix of new research fresh from leading academics, and ideas from various practitioners on the challenges of incorporating evaluation into public policy.

Media Coverage
March 09, 2010
IPA Project Associates Kerry Brennan and Daniel Tello review the findings of two IPA studies that examine the role of sunk costs in decisions about how to provide goods and services to the poor. Many people assume that paying for something will make you more likely to use it, while items given away for free are undervalued and less likely to be used. These seemingly harmless assumptions have a big impact on current debates over how health products should be delivered to the poor.