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Encouraging reporting of violence against women: Shifting norms, improving access

Monday, May 6, 2019, by Cillian Nolan and Isabela Salgado

According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. Low rates of reporting pose a barrier to addressing this form of violence, especially as it is commonly perpetrated by an intimate partner within the home. Read More

We now have a Paris Agreement rulebook. Where do we go from here?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, by Iqbal Dhaliwal and Rebecca Toole

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2018 (COP24), parties agreed to a rulebook that lays out how governments will measure, report and verify emissions under the Paris Agreement. Now countries need to act—and know whether policies and programmes are meeting their climate goals. Read More

Join the TaRL Africa team!

Friday, April 26, 2019, by Kim Tichmann

The Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa team was launched in January as a joint initiative of Pratham and J-PAL. We collaborate with governments and partners across Africa to address the learning crisis in primary schools through TaRL, an educational approach that builds foundational reading and math skills. Read More

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