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The Impact of VCT and Condom Distribution as HIV Prevention Strategies among Youth in Kenya

Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas , Vandana Sharma

Examining how youth’s sexual behavior and health are affected by Voluntary Counseling and HIV Testing (VCT) and free condom distribution.

Three women in saris look at paperwork with Bandhan staff

Finance, Health, Gender

Graduating the Ultra-Poor in India

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo , Jeremy Shapiro, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay

Recent support for livelihoods programs has spurred interest in evaluating whether comprehensive “big push” interventions may allow for a sustainable transition to self-employment and a higher standard of living. To test this theory, in six countries researchers evaluated a multi-faceted approach aimed at improving long term income of the ultra-poor. They found that the approach had long-lasting...


Household Water Connections in Tangier, Morocco

Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to look at the effect of private connections in a setting where most households already had access to high quality water through public taps. They found that households in Tangiers, Morocco had a high willingness to pay for piped water, and while home water connection had no impact on waterborne illness, households' self-reported happiness improved...

A baby is weighed in a health clinic.

Health, Political Economy & Governance

Community-Based Monitoring of Primary Healthcare Providers in Uganda

Researchers conducted two randomized evaluations in the health sector in Uganda to evaluate whether community monitoring could impact public health worker performance and subsequent health utilization and outcomes. They found community monitoring, when combined with information on health provider performance and user’s entitlements, led to better quality and more frequently utilized health...

A group of local village people in Bangladesh

Education, Health, Gender

Empowering Girls in Rural Bangladesh

Erica Field, Rachel Glennerster , Nina Buchmann, Shahana Nazneen, Svetlana Pimkina, Iman Sen

Child marriage is correlated with negative health and education outcomes around the world. Researchers evaluated the impacts of a conditional incentive program and an adolescent empowerment program on adolescent marriage, teenage childbearing, and education in rural Bangladesh. They found that offering incentives conditional on delayed marriage was an effective way to reduce child marriage,...

A young girl waits in a health center in Uganda.

Education, Health, Labor Markets, Gender, Finance

Human Capital, Financial Capital, and the Economic Empowerment of Female Adolescents in Uganda

Imran Rasul, Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess , Markus Goldstein, Selim Gulesci, Munshi Sulaiman, Niklas Buehren

In Uganda, researchers examined the impact of a combination of life skills and vocational training on female youth' s health knowledge, risky behaviors, and engagement in income-generating activities. Results indicate a significant increase in income, knowledge about reproductive health, and consistent condom use, and a reduction in nonconsensual sex and pregnancy. However, the program had no...