J-PAL South Asia launches partnership with Government of Punjab, India
In April 2017, the State Government of Punjab, India and J-PAL South Asia at IFMR signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the government in taking an evidence-informed approach to its poverty alleviation efforts.
The state of Punjab, with a population of 27 million, is interested in strengthening policies and interventions for economic growth, with a focus on poverty reduction, youth employment, and rural development.
J-PAL South Asia will assist the government in developing programs and rigorous impact evaluations in key sectors, including health, power, education, labor and employment, local governance and planning, and rural development. The aim of the partnership is to institutionalize evidence-informed policymaking in the state, with the goal of scaling up the programs and policies that are found to be most effective.