March 01, 2011

IPA is evaluating pilots of the CGAP-Ford Ultra-Poor Graduation program in 7 different countries. The idea is to provide a comprehensive package of support to the very poorest, with the hope that at the end of the program they will have moved out of extreme poverty and be able to generate enough income to support themselves. 

Maria Dolores Sanchez Liste reports back on the CGAP blog on the results from our baseline survey in Honduras:

First, this population is extremely poor: over 90% of pilot participants live on US$1 a day or less... 

Media Coverage
February 25, 2011

Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert, Catherine Timura
January 20, 2011

This blog is cross-posted from the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program website. 

I am Adam Kemmis-Betty and I work at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) where I’m responsible for coordinating the randomized impact assessment of the Peru Graduation Pilot. I recently coordinated the baseline survey of the initial status of those eligible to participate in the pilot. This allows us to see how those who will actually participate will fare compared with others at the end of the program.

The survey has already shown its value by revealing that, despite their isolation and...

Media Coverage
August 18, 2010

November 30, 2009

It’s no secret few MFIs have had much success mobilizing the “poorest of the poor” into their programs.  This failure has remained a persistent irritant in an otherwise phenomenally successful industry.

Microfinance advocates have generally taken one of two approaches to the problem:

1) Press on with the spectacular growth approach, increasing financial access (a good thing) but doing little to help the very poor; or

2) Hold up a few shining...

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August 20, 2009

This article on fighting poverty by improving the situation of women in the developing world mentions IPA Research Affiliate Michael Kremer's work in Kenya, and also quotes Research Affiliate Esther Duflo. 

"...SO WHAT WOULD an agenda for fighting poverty through helping women look like? You might begin with the education of girls — which doesn’t just mean building schools. There are other innovative means at our disposal. A study in Kenya by Michael Kremer, a Harvard economist, examined six different approaches to improving educational performance, from providing free textbooks to...