Pooja Wagh (Financial Inclusion Program Coordinator, IPA) hosted a workshop on “Gathering Rigorous Evidence to Inform Financial Product and Program Design” for practitioners on the use of rigorous evaluations to inform the design and test the effectiveness of financial products and programs. The workshop was part of the 2014 Citi-FT Financial Education Summit, supported by the Citi Foundation and organized in partnership with the Pearson Foundation and the Financial Times.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 05, 2014 - November 06, 2014
Lucia Sanchez (SME Initiative Director, IPA) traveled to Mexico in November to meet with stakeholders in the SME sector. Her meetings included a conversation with Mexico’s Ministry of Economy, the National Institute of Entrepreneurship (INADEM), and Unidad de Productividad Económica to explore ideas for an evaluation of SME support services provided through the National Entrepreneurship Fund.
Mexico City, Mexico
November 01, 2014
IPA Philippines conducted a one-day training on impact evaluation for the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP). OPAPP is the government office responsible for managing the implementation of the peace process in the Philippines. As part of the Post-Conflict Reintegration and Fragile States Initiative, IPA Philippines is conducting various capacity building activities for OPAPP relating to conducting impact evaluations.
Manila, Philippines
October 27, 2014
Seminario: “Enfoque de políticas públicas basadas en evidencia” Asunción, Paraguay. 27 de Noviembre, 2014   IPA y J-PAL, en colaboración con el Centro de Información y Recursos Para el Desarrollo (CIRD), ofrecerán el día 12 de Noviembre en Asunción el seminario: “Enfoque de políticas públicas basadas en evidencia”.  
, Paraguay
October 27, 2014
IPA Burkina Faso participated in the first “ Forum International Francophone de l’Évaluation” (FIFE) in Dakar, which focused on public policy evaluation and good governance in francophone Africa.
Dakar, Senegal
October 27, 2014 - October 30, 2014
Kyle Holloway (Research Manager, IPA Uganda) gave a presentation entitled "Green Evidence: Evaluating What Works" at Green Drinks, Kampala, a regular meeting of individuals working in the Energy and Environment sectors in Uganda for public, private, and non-profit organizations.
Kampala, Uganda
October 23, 2014
IPA researchers presented the design and results of two land rights studies in Mongolia at the Millennium Challenge Corporation headquarters in Washington, DC.
Washington D.C., United States
October 21, 2014
In early October, Annie Duflo (Executive Director, IPA) presented lessons learned while scaling up TCAI in Ghana to Peru’s Ministry of Education. Annie’s presentation was part of a series of seminars put on jointly by IPA Peru, J-PAL LAC, and the Ministry's Research and Documentation Unit. While in Peru, Annie also held meetings with other policymakers, including the Vice-Minister of Health and Cuna Más, a child day-care and family coaching program, and local researchers.
Lima, Peru
October 13, 2014
On 12 October, 2014, Dean Karlan, Academic Lead for the Financial Inclusion Program, served as a panelist for a discussion on technology and financial inclusion at the Future of Finance Seminar at the International Monetary Fund’s 2014 Annual Meetings. Watch a video of the panel discussion on the 
Washington D.C., United States
October 12, 2014
IPA Burkina Faso participated in the kick-off meeting of a research project launched by the National Institute for the Environment and Agricultural Statistics (INERA). The research project is a longitudinal descriptive study which aims to analyze the effect of agricultural research dissemination on the cultivation of cotton, maize, and rice in Burkina Faso.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
October 09, 2014
IPA Philippines hosted a two-day training on impact evaluation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS). Participants of the training included government employees of various bureaus under DOLE, notably the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), Overseas Welfare Administration Authority (OWWA), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Manila, Philippines
October 08, 2014 - October 09, 2014
The Economics Association of Malawi (ECAMA), with support from IPA Malawi and the International Food Poverty Research Institute (IFPRI), held a research symposium in Lilongwe. The European Union funded the symposium, the first of its kind for ECAMA. Mr. Henry Kachaje (President, ECAMA) and Thandika Mkandawire (London School of Economics) delivered the welcome and keynote addresses to more than 100 participants. Various researchers presented 33 papers on issues related to poverty alleviation.
Lilongwe, Malawi
October 08, 2014 - October 10, 2014
Pooja Wagh (Financial Inclusion Program Coordinator, IPA) participated in a panel on the value of savings accounts for young people. Panelists discussed implementation lessons and results from rigorous impact evaluations of programs offering bank accounts to youth.
Washington D.C., United States
October 07, 2014
The SME Initiative held its fifth Working Group meeting at the MIT Sloan School of Management on September 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The meeting brought SME Initiative affiliates together to discuss early stage research and opportunities for collaboration.   Presenters included:   Welcome and Overview Lucia Sanchez, Innovations for Poverty Action Antoinette Schoar, MIT Sloan School of Management  
Boston, United States
September 19, 2014
On 18 September 2014, IPA Manager Aaron Dibner-Dunlap presented on a panel titled "How to Get People to Save" at the Assets Learning Conference, hosted by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in Washington, DC. The panelists discussed evidence-based interventions derived from nudges–incremental changes in behavior–which show promise in promoting savings habits among low-income populations.
Washington D.C., United States
September 18, 2014