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Pastoralism in the COVID-19 era

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  • Philemon Chelanga
  • Indira Tirumala
  • Elizabeth Lyons
Pastoralism is a livestock production system that has been carried out for millennia in some of the world’s harshest environments, including the vast arid of East Africa. This post, written by Philemon Chelanga, Indira Tirumala, and CEGA affiliated professor Elizabeth Lyons, explains how the...
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Adapting to learning needs in the wake of COVID-19 using data and evidence

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  • Molly Curtiss
A conversation with TaRL Africa, J-PAL, and the Ministry of National Education of Côte d’Ivoire. Originally posted by the Brookings Institute.
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Pandemic provides unprecedented opportunities to take justice online

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  • Joyce Sadka
  • Isabel Mejía Fontanot
Labor courts in Mexico and many other low- and middle-income countries often provide low quality services. Since 2015, we have partnered with the Mexico City Labor Court, one of the largest courts dealing with firing cases in Latin America, to innovate in improving the court’s functioning.
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Announcing joint partnership to launch the Morocco Employment Lab

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J-PAL and Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard are partnering with the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Morocco Agency to launch the Morocco Employment Lab.
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How filling in the information gaps can increase student learning

Educators around the world are currently engaging in many creative strategies to encourage learning despite closed schools, social distancing policies, and other COVID-imposed obstacles to traditional classroom-based learning. This blog summarizes the key takeaway messages from J-PAL’s new policy...
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New King Climate Action Initiative will design, test, and scale solutions to combat climate change and poverty

Today, in partnership with King Philanthropies, we announced the launch of the five-year $25 million King Climate Action Initiative (K-CAI) at J-PAL. The initiative will support innovative research and policy engagement to combat climate change and poverty around the world.
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Alumni Voices: A new era of humanitarian action

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  • Bhavya Srinivasan
In this inaugural post in the Alumni Voices series, Bhavya Srinivasan (former Senior Finance and Operations Manager, J-PAL South Asia ’14) discusses her work at Start Network to build a stronger humanitarian system for the COVID-19 response.
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Nana Okozi, J-PAL ‘16, on managing data from start to finish

We caught up with Nana Okozi, a former project officer at J-PAL Africa. Nana joined J-PAL Africa in 2015 and led training and data collection for many of its research projects. Now a project coordinator at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Nana is helping to coordinate...