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Using interdisciplinary research to combat bias and discrimination

2020 marked a global shift in the public discourse around bias and discrimination. As support for anti-discrimination policies and programs continues to grow worldwide, researchers can play an instrumental role in helping us to understand what policies to combat bias and discrimination are the most...
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Affiliate Spotlight: Seema Jayachandran

Seema Jayachandran is a Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. Seema currently serves on J-PAL's board of directors and is the chair of J-PAL's gender sector. Her research focuses on economic issues in low- and middle-income that persist in spite of overall economic growth, including...
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Evaluating an agricultural mobile marketplace at scale in Uganda

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  • Jenna Fahle
On Tuesday, November 9, Craig McIntosh (Professor of Economics at University of California, San Diego) and co-director of the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI), shared evidence from one of the largest market information experiments ever conducted. Jenna Fahle, CEGA Agriculture...
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IFII Blog Series: Applying a gender lens in measuring the impact of DFS on women’s empowerment

In the second installment of the IFII blog series, we discuss the importance of applying a gender lens to measuring impact and share practical considerations for measuring empowerment.n
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Gender and Economic Agency Initiative funds nineteen new research projects on women’s work

GEA has completed its second full funding round, supporting nineteen research teams to produce evidence that addresses critical knowledge gaps on what works to support women’s economic agency. Read about the funded projects.
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Evaluating and scaling job search tools with the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Read how J-PAL Africa and the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator have partnered over the last three years to design, test, and scale job search tools to address South Africa's youth unemployment problem.
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Building a robust evidence-based research community: Strengthening pathways for African researchers

Researchers from many groups, including women, people of color, and people from low- and middle-income countries, are underrepresented in the field of economics and face numerous barriers to their growth. We hold the conviction that research grounded in knowledge of the geographic and cultural...
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How evidence from randomized evaluations can inform climate finance at COP26

One of the goals of COP26 is to mobilize climate finance, but funding alone cannot guarantee effective climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Because technological and policy innovations do not always achieve their desired effects in the field, climate financing should be informed by real...