J-PAL Africa, based at the University of Cape Town, leads J-PAL’s work in sub-Saharan Africa. J-PAL Africa conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs.
Our research team evaluates the impact of social programs and policies in South Africa, covering a wide range of sectors including labor markets, urban services, and political participation. Our policy team works with organizations and governments across Africa to build, pilot, and scale cost-effective interventions, including the Teaching at the Right Level approach to primary education. Our training team builds researcher capacity to conduct randomized evaluations and policymaker capacity to use evidence from randomized evaluations effectively. Learn more about working at J-PAL Africa.
TaRL Africa team member Ashleigh Morrell reflects on how Nobel laureates Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee helped pave the way for a quiet Teaching at the Right Level revolution across schools in Africa.
J-PAL co-founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, with longtime J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer, were jointly awarded the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The prize was awarded “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”
The Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa team was launched in January as a joint initiative of Pratham and J-PAL. We collaborate with governments and partners across Africa to address the learning crisis in primary schools through TaRL, an educational approach that builds foundational...
J-PAL Africa, based at the University of Cape Town, recently launched the Digital Identification and Finance Research Initiative (DigiFI Africa). Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this initiative funds research to study the impact innovative government and private sector...
J-PAL affiliated researchers have 306 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations in 28 countries in Africa.
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- What can we learn from randomized evaluations about ways to strengthen the Egyptian education system to better reach marginalized children and youth? Please join us via livestream on Sunday 2/23 from 5-7pm EET (10am ET) for a lecture by J-PAL affiliate Sule Alan on "Strengthening the Egyptian Education System to Better Reach Marginalized Children and Youth: What We Can Learn from Randomized Evaluations." This seminar will feature representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Education, the civil society sector, and Sule Alan, and will draw from the related global evidence to provide insights into how Egypt can strengthen its education system to ultimately improve learning outcomes among all students, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds. Register for the live webcast of the seminar: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/event/global-evidence-egypt-spotlight-seminar-education 5 days 23 hours ago.
- **Registration for Evaluating Social Programs 2020 in Cambridge, MA is now open!** Are your organization’s programs achieving their intended impact? From June 8-12, join us for a five-day, in-person training at MIT to learn why and when randomized evaluations can be used to rigorously measure social impact, how evaluations are designed in real-world settings, and how evaluation results can drive evidence-based decision-making. Taught by J-PAL affiliated professors and senior staff, the training is tailored to the needs of policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from NGOs, governments, and foundations from the US and around the world. Learn more and apply: https://j-p.al/execed2020 1 week 5 days ago.
- Today is the last day to register for the #MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy before classes begin on February 4! This program is designed to equip learners with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing people living in poverty. Learners can audit the class for free and/or choose to upgrade at a later point, so register today! https://lnkd.in/eVj9mgG Scholarships are available to #AfricanScholars through J-PAL Africa. Learn if you are eligible and apply by Feb 4: https://lnkd.in/ef2pj6E 3 weeks 1 hour ago.
- How can studying one program make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions worldwide? The answer lies in generalizability, or applying lessons from one context to another. Watch our latest video to learn more: https://j-p.al/niy 3 weeks 5 days ago.