Media Coverage
June 28, 2021

In an op-ed for The Indian Express, Mushfiq Mobarak, Maha Rehman, and Satchit Balsari write on the need for collaboration between countries in South Asia to address COVID-19 in the region, citing the scale-up of an IPA-tested model in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing.

Media Coverage
May 26, 2021

Business Standard reports on how a recent study on mask use in Bangladesh could inform public policy in rural parts of India. To start this scale-up, the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is piloting a similar project for the two million women in its network in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Note: The article is gated.

Media Coverage
May 26, 2021

Vox's Kelsey Piper highlights effective ways to donate to help India as their COVID-19 crisis worsens, including how IPA's work scaling up community mask-wearing in South Asia is helping inform efforts to encourage mask use.

Media Coverage
May 26, 2021

Bangladesh's Financial Express article describes the efficacy of IPA's work in Bangladesh to NORMalize mask-wearing through: No-cost free masks distribution door-to-door, Offering information on mask-wearing via video and brochures, Reinforcement in-person and in public, and Modelling and endorsement by trusted leaders. This approach has helped inform and influence local policy to promote mask use in Dhaka.

Media Coverage
May 26, 2021

In the Dhaka Tribune, Mushfiq Mobarak describes how the "polite intervention" of a Bangladesh study normalizing community mask-wearing was shown to be more effective than the threat of legal punishment.

The study was also featured in The Times of India, Nepali Times, The Indian Express, Big News Network, Medical Xpress, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), and BD News 24 as well as the Bengali outlets Jugantor, Prothomalo, and Samakal.

Zambia RECOVR 2 Timeline
April 20, 2021

As part of IPA’s ongoing research around the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19, we recently held a webinar with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network highlighting key results of the second round of the RECOVR surveys in Zambia and Rwanda. This blog post summarizes the main findings of the survey in Zambia and policy recommendations. Click here for the blog for Rwanda.

In both countries, there are pockets of progress, including continued adherence to certain virus mitigation measures and promising acceptance rates for vaccinations. Education remains a key concern for parents of...

Mariel, Laura, Annie
March 10, 2021

To mark the occasion of International Women's Day, IPA presents the second of three blog posts this week interviewing female policymakers we've worked with in different countries around the world. They told us about their experiences working in government and promoting a culture of evidence-based policymaking within their institutions, how the COVID-19 pandemic changed their work, and what long-term impacts they hope to achieve in the sectors in which they work. See the first blog post here and the second post here.

Mariel Bayangos, Division Chief- Planning Service, Policy Research and...
Damaris and Besnart
March 09, 2021

To mark the occasion of International Women's Day, IPA presents the second of three blog posts this week interviewing female policymakers we've worked with in different countries around the world. They told us about their experiences working in government and promoting a culture of evidence-based policymaking within their institutions, how the COVID-19 pandemic changed their work, and what long-term impacts they hope to achieve in the sectors in which they work. See the first blog post here.

Dr. Damaris Parsitau, Founder and Director, Let Maasai Girls Learn, Kenya

Dr. Damaris...

Media Coverage
February 23, 2021

 "This is not a slow burn of a recession. This happened really fast. What that means is that people don't really have time to have prepared for it." IPA's Shana Warren describes to NPR what she and 25 co-authors found from tracking how 30,000 households in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone were affected by the COVID crisis. She describes how the povety  consequences around the wold have been different and worse than what we've seen in past.

Media Coverage
February 23, 2021

Vox reports on the results from a new paper that features data on the economic shock of the pandemic experienced by tens of thousands of vulnerable households across nine lower- and middle-income countries. The phone survey conducted from April to July 2020 found that while the effects varied significantly country by country, overall, developing nations are weathering higher rates of food insecurity, loss of income, and other negative long-term impacts.

Media Coverage
February 23, 2021

In Reuters, Shana Warren, one of the 20 co-authors of a recently published study on the impact of COVID-19 in nine lower- and middle-income countries, argues that emergency cash assistance is vital to helping economically disadvantaged households stay afloat while curbing the spread of the virus.

Media Coverage
February 22, 2021

The Financial Times reports on findings from a new survey of an estimated 100,000 people in Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Nepal, and the Philippines between April and June last year. As Edward Miguel, one of the study's co-authors describes, the results are "dire," with already vulnerable households experiencing “steep drops in employment and income" and "a sharp rise in food insecurity." Note: Article may be gated.

The survey results have been featured in a range of news outlets, including The News International, Scientific American, ...

Figure 1
February 04, 2021

In July 2020, we highlighted Sierra Leone’s experience confronting COVID-19 from the vantage point of a fragile state—one that lived through civil war and, more recently, another acute public health crisis with Ebola in 2014, as well as a damaging mudslide in Freetown in 2017. Drawing on lessons learned from Ebola, Sierra Leone moved to close schools at the end of March, instituted a series of lockdowns in April and May, closed land borders for several months, and instituted a national mask mandate beginning in June. The government also prioritized more community-focused, tailored...

Bangladesh masks study
January 28, 2021

A research project we couldn't have anticipated a year ago is looking at how to encourage community mask use in Bangladesh. Credit: Abu Raihan, Innovations for Poverty Action


There is no need to expand on why 2020 was a challenging year, and how scary the beginning of 2021 was. And there are certainly many difficult months (even years) ahead of us in managing this pandemic. Yet despite everything that 2020 (and now 2021) has thrown at us at IPA, we have seen how resilient our community of staff, partners, funders, and researchers has been, coming together to leverage...

Media Coverage
January 05, 2021

In an op-ed on incentivizing COVID-19 vaccinations in France, Le Monde features an IPA study in Sierra Leone which was designed to encourage parents to immunize their children. The study found social signaling, through wearing bracelets to indicate whether children had been vaccinated, was a low-cost and effective way to increase immunization. The article suggests how these findings and other evidence on health incentives may influence efforts to boost France's overall acceptance and use of the COVID-19 vaccine. Note: Article in French.

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