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ConsultIPA es una consultoría pro-bono de IPA Colombia cuyo objetivo es ayudar a pequeñas organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro a comenzar a implementar un sistema de monitoreo y evaluación. Este documento describe los requisitos y el proceso para aplicar.  Aplicación ConsultIPA (español)
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March 14, 2022
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This document provides application instructions for the Peace & Recovery (P&R) Program’s call for proposals. Applicants are asked to use the following templates when submitting their applications: Template for Pilot and Full Study Proposals Template for Exploratory Grant Proposals Budget Template (to be used for both Pilot/Full Study and Exploratory Grant Proposals) For more information about the request for proposals and P&R Program, read the Guiding Principles and Funding Priorities, and visit the P&R Competitive Fund page.
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March 04, 2022
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In mid-2020, IPA partnered with researchers from Yale University, Stanford University, and other organizations like Green Voice in Bangladesh to research different strategies to increase mask-wearing and measure its impact on COVID-19. They found that the now called NORM model, consisting of No-cost free masks distribution, offering information on mask-wearing, Reinforcement in-person and in public, and Modeling and endorsement by trusted leaders tripled mask-wearing, increased physical distancing and reduced COVID-19. IPA partnered with Shakti Foundation to tweak this rural model into an urban context for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and replicate the NORM program for an urban population. Overall, the intervention seemed to increase mask-wearing among middle-aged (30 to 50 years old) and men more. It has also been learning to understand the implementation impacts and challenges of the NORM module in urban areas, which has been designed in the rural setting.
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February 28, 2022
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While digital financial services have evolved rapidly in Nigeria over the last decade, this growth is largely driven by the already banked population. A joint study by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Inclusion for All investigated three key barriers preventing many from joining the formal financial system: the reliability of financial services, the cost of using these services, and the limited transparency of cost information. The study found that: financial transactions conducted by phone fail often, service providers make it difficult and costly to find accurate pricing information (only 1 in 5 providers offer a toll-free customer care line), and the prices consumers pay can exceed caps set by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The findings suggest providers can build trust and usage of these services by strengthening their infrastructure, improving access to accurate pricing information, and increasing compliance with existing price caps.
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February 16, 2022
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Over the past decade, predatory and fraudulent practices in digital finance and financial technology have increased globally. The use of mobile applications for such purposes is a concern given the increased ubiquity of mobile devices, ongoing concerns about low financial and digital literacy in many population groups, and anecdotal evidence on a proliferation of methods and tools some finance app providers use to exploit vulnerable households and businesses. In addition to the direct harm caused to consumers, this can lead to mistrust of digital finance, which can delay financial inclusion efforts and undermine the benefits of financial technologies. The objective of this project is to explore whether high-frequency app data and applied machine learning techniques can be leveraged to create a system for flagging and reporting highly suspect apps. As a “proof of concept,” the researchers draw on historical app meta and review data for 63 countries covering from January 2020 to April 20...
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February 10, 2022
Las pequeñas y medianas empresas (PYME) representan una importante fuente de empleo en muchos países de ingresos bajos y medios. Por lo tanto, encontrar las medidas más efectivas para ayudar a las pymes a responder y recuperarse cuando se enfrentan a crisis económicas, como las provocadas por el COVID-19, es de gran relevancia en materia de políticas. En Colombia, los investigadores están evaluando el impacto económico de otorgar préstamos de estímulo a las pymes, distribuidos a través del programa de ayuda COVID-19 del gobierno ("Unidos por Colombia"), en la supervivencia, las ganancias y el empleo.
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February 09, 2022
Mejorar la productividad y la competitividad de las exportaciones de las pequeñas y medianas empresas (PYME) es un camino común que toman los gobiernos para promover el desarrollo económico. En Colombia, los investigadores están realizando una evaluación aleatoria para comprobar si la mejora en las prácticas de gestión llevan a las empresas aumentar sus exportaciones, diversificar lo que exportan y hacia dónde exportan, y aumentar la productividad de las exportaciones en el contexto del programa “Colombia Productiva”.
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February 09, 2022
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While digital financial services have evolved rapidly in Nigeria over the last decade, this growth is largely driven by the already banked population. A joint study by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Inclusion for All investigated three key barriers preventing many from joining the formal financial system: the reliability of financial services, the cost of using these services, and the limited transparency of cost information. The study found that: financial transactions conducted by phone fail often, service providers make it difficult and costly to find accurate pricing information (only 1 in 5 providers offer a toll-free customer care line), and the prices consumers pay can exceed caps set by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The findings suggest providers can build trust and usage of these services by strengthening their infrastructure, improving access to accurate pricing information, and increasing compliance with existing price caps.
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February 08, 2022
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Los retrasos en el crecimiento en la infancia pueden tener efectos en el largo plazo para el desarrollo cognitivo, el rendimiento escolar, la productividad económica en la edad adulta, entre otros. Abordar esto en los primeros años de vida ha demostrado ser la mejor manera de combatir la desnutrición, sin embargo, las familias a menudo carecen de información adecuada sobre las buenas prácticas de alimentación en los primeros años de vida. En Ecuador, nuestro equipo de investigadores están evaluando si enviar información a los cuidadores a través de mensajes de texto aumenta el conocimiento en las familias sobre el desarrollo de la primera infancia, la nutrición y los comportamientos saludables.
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February 08, 2022
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Las irregularidades electorales —actividades ilegales que buscan influir en las elecciones— a menudo amenazan las instituciones democráticas en los países de ingresos bajos y medios. En Colombia, los investigadores llevaron a cabo una evaluación aleatoria para medir el impacto de una intervención que alentaba a los ciudadanos a denunciar irregularidades a una ONG local y que variaba si los candidatos estaban informados sobre la campaña de denuncia. La campaña, realizada a través de Facebook, aumentó la cantidad de denuncias reportadas por los ciudadanos y redujo la cantidad de irregularidades observadas en las elecciones. Esta sencilla intervención fue más costo-efectiva que otros esfuerzos de monitoreo usados tradicionalmente.
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February 08, 2022
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The paper proceeds as follows: in Section I, we describe Sierra Leone’s ice industry and the shift in market structure that we exploit for variation. This section describes the basic effect of entry into ice manufacturing on ice and fish quantities and prices. Section II describes the data used in the analysis of relational contracting. Section III presents our core results, quantifying the effect of ice manufacturer entry on outcomes in the ice retail market including supply assurance, trade credit, and loyalty. Section IV concludes.
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February 01, 2022
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Throughout the developing world, citizens distrust the police and hesitate to bring crimes to their attention—a suboptimal equilibrium that makes it difficult for the police to effectively combat crime and violence. Community policing has been touted as one solution to this problem, but evidence on its efficacy in developing country contexts is sparse. We present results from a large-scale field experiment that randomly assigned a home-grown community policing intervention to police stations throughout rural Uganda. Drawing on administrative crime data and close to 4,000 interviews with citizens, police officers, and local authorities, we show that community policing had limited effects on core outcomes such as crime, insecurity, and perceptions of the police. We attribute these findings to a combination of turnover, treatment non-compliance, and resource constraints. Our study draws attention to the limits of community policing’s potential to reduce crime and build trust in the developing...
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February 01, 2022
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IPA’s Peace & Recovery Program (P&R) supports field experiments and related research in several broad areas: Reducing violence and promoting peace Reducing “fragility” (i.e. fostering state capacity) Preventing, coping with, and recovering from crises, focusing on conflict but including non-conflict humanitarian crises such as COVID-19 This document covers the aims, core themes, research questions, and focus countries for our competitive research fund, supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Please send all inquiries to peace@poverty-action.org
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February 01, 2022
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In this brief, Innovations for Poverty Action has compiled evidence-based insights from multiple meta-analyses and three-dozen randomized evaluations (both IPA and non-IPA studies) on how to support young women’s skill-building and their transition into the labor force in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on the COVID-19 crisis.
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January 20, 2022
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About 17 percent of the world’s population has received at least one COVID-19-related cash transfer payment since the onset of the pandemic. Many of these transfers have been conducted digitally to efficiently and safely provide economic relief to affected households. Amongst low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that offered cash transfers, 58 disbursed funds  directly to a fully functioning bank account, an account only for benefit withdrawal, or a digital non-bank account. Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) research from the Philippines, Colombia, and Bangladesh explores consumers’ experience  with digital cash transfers, and supports policy recommendations to improve the effectiveness of G2P payments and future financial  inclusion.  Aproximadamente el 17 por ciento de la población mundial ha recibido al menos una transferencia monetaria a causa de la contingencia del COVID-19. Muchas de estas transferencias se han realizado de forma digital para brindar alivio económico de un...
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January 19, 2022
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Overview The Human Trafficking Research Initiative (HTRI) invites proposals from researchers and organizations that intend to design and carry out studies on how to reduce human trafficking or respond to the needs of human trafficking victims but need some additional time and support to push the research project to the next stage. We expect to fund a total of six to nine proposals from research teams interested in expanding the evidence to further investigate this important topic. This document outlines the proposal guidelines and required application materials in detail. You can also learn more on our HTRI Competitive Fund page. Application Instructions Please click the orange "Download" button on the right-hand side of this page to review the entire Application Guidelines. A completed proposal consists of: (1) a completed application form; (2) a detailed budget; (3) CVs of researchers; and (4) if applicable, letters of support from implementing partners. Please submit all materials t...
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January 10, 2022
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La pandemia causada por el virus del Covid-19 ha cambiado la vida humana como muy pocos acontecimientos lo habían hecho en el pasado: no solo por afectar a miles de personas en todos los continentes, sino por paralizar la vida y la economía como las conocíamos. Poco se sabía del virus cuando varias naciones europeas reportaban miles de contagios y de fallecidos. En países como Colombia, se decretaban cuarentenas nacionales y medidas sanitarias ante una situación de la que poca información se tenía. Según el World Uncertainty Index (wui) realizado por el Fondo Monetario Internacional, la pandemia del Covid-19 ha causado más incertidumbre que cualquier otra crisis sanitaria en la historia o acontecimientos recientes, como los eventos terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001, la crisis financiera global de 2008, la crisis del euro a finales de 2009 o el Bréxit en 2016 (Ahir, Bloom y Furceri, 2018).
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January 01, 2022
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Medellín's government wanted to raise its efficacy, legitimacy, and control. The city identified 80 neighborhoods with weak state presence and competing armed actors. In half, they increased nonpolice street presence tenfold for two years, offering social services and dispute resolution. In places where the state was initially weakest, the intervention did not work, mainly because the government struggled to deliver on its promises. Where the state began stronger, the government raised opinions of its services and legitimacy. If there are indeed low marginal returns to investing in capacity in the least-governed areas, this could produce increasing returns to statebuilding.
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January 01, 2022
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We implemented a randomised controlled trial study to measure the impact of one-on-one engagement with local religious leadership on the compliance of protocols at their mosque. Our messaging was a combination of religious appeal and public health guidelines that were interactive, involving frequent elicitation of the respondents’ reactions and agreement, as well as asking them to commit to action. Our study is different from previous strategies of COVID-19 containment as it does not rely on mass messaging but rather focuses on one-on-one engagement with focal community leaders. It aims to improve the implementation and communication of the 20-point plan that was agreed between the government and religious clergy to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, it is not novel in its approach as it is similar to previous interventions like the polio vaccination drive that disseminates knowledge and engages at the community level. Thus, the results from our study can provide valuable insight...
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