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Here’s a realistic path to protecting the Amazon rainforest

As trees disappear, the Amazon’s ability to return moisture to the atmosphere declines, leading to less rainfall, higher temperatures and a dry forest. Unless levels of deforestation drop dramatically, this feedback loop could transform over half of the Amazon into savanna within decades.

Schools ramp up battle against chronic absenteeism

Chronic absenteeism — commonly defined as missing more than 10 percent of school days — has affected millions of students and caught the attention of the White House, which has said the issue calls for an “all-hands-an-deck approach.”

The first results from the world’s biggest basic income experiment

For years now, GiveDirectly has been conducting the world’s largest test of basic income: It is giving around 6,000 people in rural Kenya a little more than $20 a month, every month, starting in 2016 and going until 2028. Tens of thousands more people are getting shorter-term or differently...

November 2023 North America Newsletter

J-PAL North America's November newsletter features J-PAL's inclusive language and asset-based framing guidelines; rigorous research on cash transfers, and our upcoming webinar on evaluating effectiveness and equity in climate mitigation programs.

November 2023 Newsletter

J-PAL celebrates it's 20th anniversary and the UM6P-J-PAL Agricultural Lab for Africa is launched in Morocco.

Centre for Net Zero launches trial with eminent global centre J-PAL, testing consumer preferences for automated EV charging and grid impacts

Centre for Net Zero is launching a new field trial, EV-Flex, designed to understand consumer price sensitivity to automated EV charging tariffs, and the corresponding benefits to consumers and the grid. The trial is being funded by The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)’s, King Climate...

J-PAL and UM6P launch an agricultural laboratory in Morocco

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Laboratory (J-PAL) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States partners with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) to launch the UM6P-J- Agricultural Laboratory PAL for Africa (UJALA).

J-PAL And UM6P Join Forces To Launch An Agricultural Laboratory In Morocco

The lab will focus on the design and implementation of impact evaluations, with a particular emphasis on improving the food security of smallholder farmers across the African continent. The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Laboratory (J-PAL) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the...