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Nasser Social Bank signs a memorandum of understanding with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Middle East and North Africa

The Nasser Social Bank and J-PAL MENA signed a memorandum of understanding at the American University in Cairo to design and implement impact evaluations and advance evidence-informed decision making. Full article in Arabic.

Poverty Pioneers

Alison Fahey and Adam Osman from J-PAL MENA share their thoughts on the role of philanthropy in building a culture of evidence use. The interview with Philanthropy Age covers the motivation behind launching J-PAL, J-PAL's approach to generating and using evidence, as well as pathways from research...

New study: In Iraq, mixed-religion soccer teams helped build social cohesion, healed wounds after war

A new study, released today in Science, points to a way to help repair social ties and promote coexistence after war. New findings show that among persecuted Christians in post-ISIS Iraq, playing on soccer teams with Muslim players helped promote more open attitudes toward Muslims, but only Muslim...

MCA-Morocco Launches Project to Evaluate National Employment Policy

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The initiative, dubbed “Lab Emploi,” aims to build national capacities for the assessment, development, and implementation of employment and labor market policies, based on reliable scientific evidence and data.

J-PAL Launches New Regional Research Center in Cairo at AUC to Help Improve Lives Across MENA Region

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), together with the American University in Cairo (AUC), Community Jameel, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has announced the launch of a new regional research center in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) focused on alleviating...

J-PAL Co-Founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo Awarded Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

J-PAL co-founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, with longtime J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer, were jointly awarded the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The prize was awarded “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”

Turning an economics education into solutions with impact

It’s an ambitious goal: to change the status quo. Yet, this is just what Alan Al Yussef has set out to do. As one of the first people to earn the MITx Data, Economics, and Development Policy MicroMasters credential, he’s working to improve lives in the Middle East through a career in development...