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Women as decision-makers: Divergent fertility preferences, concealed contraception, and the need for impact evaluations

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, by Caroline Tangoren

As of 2018, one in five women had an unmet need for modern contraceptive methods. Last week, as we marked the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights—just one year before the Family Planning 2020 goals are due to be met—we reflected on the multiple barriers preventing women from achieving their fertility goals. 

Some constraints are due to the health system itself, like lack of physical... Read More

Panelists sit at a table at the Gender Sector launch in New Delhi.

Catalyzing new partnerships for gender equality in South Asia

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, by Moulshri Mohan

Launched in 2018, J-Pal's Gender sector produces cross-cutting insights on promoting gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment, and on how norms related to gender affect the outcomes of social programs. Recently, program implementers, evaluators, and donors convened in New Delhi to formally launch J-PAL’s gender sector in South Asia and discuss the current context and future priorities for the sector. Read More

Meghan Mahoney, J-PAL ‘16, is building a career in impact evaluation. What has she learned along the way?

Friday, April 5, 2019, by Siena Harlin, Serene Ho, and Meghan Mahoney

We are excited to kick off our Alumni Spotlight series with Meghan Mahoney, formerly a Policy Manager at J-PAL Global. After a four-year stint at J-PAL, she left in 2016 to become the Evaluation Director at Educate!, an organization which works to transform secondary education in Africa to empower young people to take leadership initiative, create small businesses, and improve their livelihoods. She joins us to talk about lessons she learned while at J-PAL and share advice for succeeding at J-PAL and beyond. Read More

J-PAL's Claire Walsh receives MIT Excellence Award

Friday, April 5, 2019, by Siena Harlin

On March 21, Claire Walsh, a Senior Policy Manager at J-PAL Global, received one of the highest honors of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—the Excellence Award for Outstanding Contributor, awarded to members of the MIT community who consistently go above and beyond in their work, take initiative, and solve problems. Claire is the second staffer from J-PAL to be honored with this award after Caitlin Tulloch, a Senior... Read More

Welcoming J-PAL’s newest affiliates

Thursday, April 4, 2019, by Siena Harlin

Four new affiliates recently joined J-PAL’s academic network: Marcella Alsan at the Stanford School of Medicine, Kevin Donovan at the Yale School of Management, Robert Darko Osei at the University of Ghana, and Diego Ubfal at Bocconi University.

Their varied research interests span numerous topics, including health and socioeconomic disparities, firm growth and risk management, land registration, entrepreneurship, the transition from school to work, and attitudes toward immigrants. Learn more... Read More

Conference presentation

Sharing experiences of measuring women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations

Thursday, April 4, 2019, by Aulia Anggita Larasati and Widyana Perdhani

Celebrating International Women’s Day at J-PAL Southeast Asia through a workshop on J-PAL’s Practical Guide to Measuring Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment Read More

Targeting extreme poverty in Egypt: A national priority

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, by Farida El-Gueretly, Nazia Moqueet, and Noura Selim

At the 2017 World Youth Forum, Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Waly, noted that civil society organizations were vital partners in the realization of Egypt’s 2030 strategy goals. An important pillar of the 2030 goals focuses on social justice, in particular ensuring the protection and support of Egypt’s most marginalized and vulnerable groups. Read More