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The NEP’s Focus on Early Childhood Education Can Help Children Live up to Their Potential

New research, which shows early childhood education programs are most impactful and cost-effective, should be incorporated to ensure effectiveness.

Focusing on the Foundations: Education in the time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left an unprecedented 1 billion children out of school for substantial periods of time. This has significant implications for equity, with children from low-resource families most at risk of being left further behind. Now is a unique opportunity for governments, NGOs, and...

Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee’s J-PAL proposes pilot project on universal basic income in Odisha districts

Under the pilot project, J-PAL has proposed UBI for poor people in around 400 gram panchayats in these districts by ensuring functional bank accounts of each of the adults and crediting Rs 100 to their accounts every month for 2 years with a budget of Rs 300 crore.

COVID-19: How Indian Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee doubled reporting of symptoms in Bengal

Abhijit Banerjee, along with few other professors conducted a messaging campaign in West Bengal that proved to be more effective than the other COVID-19 awareness messages.

Averting a Crisis in Preventive Healthcare

Shagun Sabarwal, Director of Policy, Training, and Communications for J-PAL South Asia, shares rigorous evidence on what works to improve take-up of preventive health services following a recent drop in use caused by COVID in India.

Karthik Muralidharan: ‘To an extent, both supporters and critics of Aadhaar for service delivery are correct’

A J-PAL study in Jharkhand on the use of Aadhaar-based biometric authentication (ABBA) in PDS delivery has found that leakages were reduced but at the cost of genuine beneficiaries getting excluded.

New study points out the shortcomings of the Aadhaar-linked PDS system

The government claims to have saved Rs 90,000 crore by way of eliminating subsidy/benefit leakages by using Aadhaar, as the resulting identification system has helped identify ghost and ineligible beneficiaries.

Bulk of Jharkhand’s deleted ration cards weren’t fake, study shows

Almost 90% of ration cards deemed fake and deleted by the Jharkhand government between 2016 and 2018 actually belonged to existing, valid households, according to a new study by economists affiliated to the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...