Africa 

J-PAL's regional office in Africa, based at SALDRU at the University of Cape Town 
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J-PAL Africa was established in August 2010 to expand J-PAL’s advocacy work and research in sub-Saharan Africa. Based at the Southern Africa Labor & Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, J-PAL Africa works to improve the effectiveness of social programs in sub-Saharan Africa. We do this by supporting researchers to run randomized evaluations in Africa, conducting trainings to build capacity in understanding and running randomized evaluations, and working with policymakers to help them leverage rigorous evidence to make policies more effective and scale up the most promising programs.

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J-PAL Africa is a regional office of J-PAL, a focal point for development and poverty research based on randomized evaluations. J-PAL Africa’s local team comprises research and policy staff. Scientific Directors, Rachel Glennerster (J-PAL at MIT) and Tavneet Suri (MIT) provide strategic guidance to the Africa office. For more information on J-PAL visit the J-PAL homepage: www.povertyactionlab.org.

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Watch Rachel Glennerster's lecture at the University of Cape Town on "Globally Informed, Locally Grounded Policymaking."

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J-PAL and the Rwanda Agriculture Board launched a project to provide water tank loans to dairy farmers in Rwanda, based on evidence from a randomized evaluation in Kenya by J-PAL affiliates.

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Watch J-PAL affiliates Dean Karlan and Christopher Udry discuss their research on when and why farmers in Ghana decide to use certain agricultural technologies in our short film, “Digging for Answers."

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Research from Zambia finds that governments may be able to recruit better skilled and better motivated applicants by highlighting opportunities for career advancement.

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Over 400,000 people now have access to safe water via the Chlorine Dispenser System, which was found to dramatically improve water quality and reduce diarrhea in an evaluation in Kenya.
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Affiliates  |  Staff  |  Evaluations  |  Publications  |  Contact

J-PAL Africa was established in August 2010 to expand J-PAL’s advocacy work and research in sub-Saharan Africa. Based at the Southern Africa Labor & Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, J-PAL Africa works to improve the effectiveness of social programs in sub-Saharan Africa. We do this by supporting researchers to run randomized evaluations in Africa, conducting trainings to build capacity in understanding and running randomized evaluations, and working with policymakers to help them leverage rigorous evidence to make policies more effective and scale up the most promising programs.

Read more about J-PAL Africa’s current activities in: 

J-PAL Africa is a regional office of J-PAL, a focal point for development and poverty research based on randomized evaluations. J-PAL Africa’s local team comprises research and policy staff. Scientific Directors, Rachel Glennerster (J-PAL at MIT) and Tavneet Suri (MIT) provide strategic guidance to the Africa office. For more information on J-PAL visit the J-PAL homepage: www.povertyactionlab.org.

Evaluations in Africa