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DigiFI blog series: Deepening our understanding of the digital ID and payment research agenda

Governments across sub-Saharan Africa have been investing in new ways of digitizing financial services and identification systems to improve service delivery and governance and reduce leakages in public programs. Yet, we have limited rigorous evidence on the impacts of these reforms. To fill this...
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A well CAL-ibrated approach to addressing learning losses in a post-Covid classroom

When schools in India reopen after the pandemic, the learning gap may further widen for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Research suggests personalizing instruction can be one of the most effective ways of improving learning while making judicious use of existing educational resources.
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Opportunities for state and local policy responses to climate change: A recap from the State and Local Webinar Series

In this post, J-PAL America highlights key takeaways from the “State and Local Policy Responses to Climate Change” webinar held on October 7, 2020, including the momentum of efforts around climate change and pollution mitigation, examples of current state and local interventions, and opportunities...
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Michael Eddy, J-PAL ‘10, on using evidence to support high-impact organizations

We caught up with Michael Eddy, formerly of the research teams at J-PAL South Asia and J-PAL Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). After an exciting early career in results-based financing and social impact investing, Michael now advises major foundations, aid organizations, and social enterprises...
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Caitlin Tulloch, J-PAL ‘13, on innovation in cost-effectiveness analyses and building effective policy partnerships

Caitlin Tulloch joined J-PAL Global in 2009, where she played a central role in building the infrastructure for our policy efforts, establishing our approach to cost-effectiveness analysis, and building partnerships with policymakers. Now the associate director of Best Use of Resources at the...
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Adapting to a changing world

J-PAL Global Executive Director Iqbal Dhaliwal reflects on 2020 and how J-PAL will continue to build on lessons learned during this challenging year in his annual letter.
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The challenges of childcare in a pandemic and the impact on women’s work

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, 99 percent of the world’s 2.36 billion children faced some restrictions on movement, and 60 percent faced lockdown measures. With many schools and daycare facilities closed, who is taking care of the children?
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Increasing adherence to COVID-19 guidelines: Lessons from rigorous evidence

As COVID-19 vaccines become ready for widespread administration, take-up of other preventive measures still remains critical. J-PAL health sector co-chairs and staff discuss some general lessons from the evidence for increasing uptake of healthy behaviors.