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September 13, 2022

Northwestern University's Kellogg Insights covers an IPA study on the impact of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) on low-income individuals in rural Ghana. While mental health interventions are less common among anti-poverty efforts, the results of this study suggest it could be a productive area for further research: "Survey-based measures showed that CBT improved both mental and self-reported physical health, as well as economic outcomes and cognitive skills."

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August 02, 2022

Tavneet Suri and Nidhi Parekh write in Project Syndicate on how universal basic income (UBI) can help vulnerable households recover from crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, citing two IPA studies in Kenya conducted in 2017 and 2020.

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July 22, 2022

Dianne Calvi (Village Enterprise, CEO) and Brian Boland (The Delta Fund, Co-Founder) write on NextBillion about the results of the first development impact bond (DIB) in Africa. Calvi describes how Village Enterprise became involved in this endeavor, citing their earlier work with IPA evaluating ultra-poor graduation programming in Uganda.

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June 30, 2022

A Vox article on the relative pros and cons of the ultra poor graduation model cites two IPA studies: one in Niger on the impact of providing women with both financial and psychosocial support; and a large-scale study of graduation programs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Pakistan, and Peru. Reflecting on the long-term impact of these types of studies, Chris Blattman notes: “In many cash transfer studies, effects dissipate over time not because the initial impact wasn’t large, but because the control group caught up."

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June 30, 2022

Nature's news side covers advances in the fight against poverty including efforts of randomized evaluations to reduce poverty in the Sahel region of Africa, citing an IPA study comparing different "productive packages" to promote socio-economic inclusion, along with past IPA research on the ultra poor graduation model and cash transfers. Researchers Dean Karlan and Markus Goldstein share insights on key factors to consider and the potential benefits of continuing this type of research.

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June 30, 2022

In his book, and resulting movement, The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer champions "effective charities"—evidence-based, cost-effective programs that provide the most impact per dollar of supporters' donations. One such effective charity is GiveDirectly. Between 2014 and 2016, IPA evaluated the impact of its unconditional cash transfer program on low-income households in western Kenya. Researchers found the transfers led to large increases in consumption towards household well-being across food, medical, and educational expenses, as well as increases in social and local economic activities...

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June 30, 2022

In this thirty-eighth and final installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we’re looking back on the previous editions. We’ve shared over 200 findings from the RECOVR Research hub and partner organizations and news in social protection. Below are some of the ones we’ve found particularly interesting: 

Vaccine access in developing countries remains highly inequitable, and distribution to maximize global coverage needs to be improved. In a 2021 Nature Medicine paper, IPA researchers were part of a large consortium that was among the first to get real vaccine attitude data from lower-...
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June 09, 2022

In this thirty-seventh installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analyses from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the previous installment if you missed it, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox. 

As always, we encourage you to write to our team with ideas for features.

New Findings & Analysis United States: The old baby-as-tax-deduction joke turns out to...
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May 27, 2022

In this thirty-sixth installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analyses from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the previous installment if you missed it, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox. 

As always, we encourage you to write to our team with ideas for features.

New Findings & Analysis Alaska: Does a universal income make people work less?

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May 26, 2022

By Erin Kelley, Leslie Roberts, Emily Sloane, John Quattrochi, and Pieter Ventevogel

There are currently 244 million people worldwide affected by humanitarian crises, including 84 million who have been forcibly displaced. The displacement crisis in countries bordering Ukraine is a reminder of the many ongoing displacement crises which also need the world's urgent attention. To focus on solutions, we look back on a lively discussion and debate between a group of researchers and practitioners discussing a straightforward one-time program for displaced and vulnerable people that had...

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May 06, 2022

In this thirty-fifth installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analyses from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the previous installment if you missed it, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox. 

As always, we encourage you to write to our team with ideas for features.

New Findings & Analysis Niger: Combining psychosocial and economic approaches to...
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May 04, 2022

IPA, the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), GiveDirectly, and the Government of Togo were pleased to be awarded the SXSW Innovations Awards special recognition in the category of Artificial Intelligence. The recognition is for our joint work applying machine learning and innovative uses of data to finding poor people who were not on official social services registries, and extending emergency assistance to them during the COVID crisis.

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April 22, 2022

In this thirty-fourth installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the previous installment if you missed it, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox. 

As always, we encourage you to write to our team with ideas for features.

New Findings & Analysis More evidence on cash transfers and child nutritional outcomes:...
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March 31, 2022

In an interview featured on the International Monetary Fund's Finance & Development news section, IPA board member and Togo's Minister of Digital Economy and Transformation Cina Lawson discusses key findings of an IPA targeted aid study and the growing role of digitalization in Togo's economic future.

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March 31, 2022

In this thirty-third installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the previous installment if you missed it, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox. 

As always, we encourage you to write to our team with ideas for features.

New Findings & Analysis United States: Twenty Year Outcomes of an Unconditional Cash...

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