Innovations for Poverty Action

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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research programme and policy nonprofit founded in 2002 and headquartered in Washignton, DC, United States with country offices in various countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Key information

Intended impact: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) works to create and share evidence to equip decision-makers to use evidence to reduce poverty.[1]

Countries/areas where the organization is active: Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Myanmar, The Philippines, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay.


Organization leader(s): Annie Duflo, Executive Director. (Accurate as of July 2021).

Partner/funder organizations: Innovations for Poverty Action has over 450 partners, including governments, nonprofits, academic institutions, foundations, and companies. Examples include J-PAL, Pratham, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Theory of change and its relation to education systems

Innovations for Poverty Action created high quality evidence and work to ensure that decision-makers use evidence to promote effective solutions to global poverty problems. They work in 21 countries in various global regions including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. IPA's theory of change is aimed at addressing two problems they see in the world: (1) that there is limited evidence on how to help the poor, and (2) that evidence is often not used by those who create and run programs for the poor.

Innovations for Poverty Action does has three main pillars:

  1. IPA creates high-quality evidence in order to deepen public knowledge on how to reduce poverty. This is often done through randomized controlled trials.
  2. They share evidence strategically in order to influence conversations and inform decisions. This is done through collaborative partnerships and approaching decision-makers with clear outlines of the local political economy.
  3. They equip decision-makers to use evidence to improve the lives of the global poor by supporting partners in improving data and evidence capacity and providing technical assistance to scale and monitor programs.[2]

See also

External links


  1. "About." Innovations for Poverty Action. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  2. "What We Do." Innovations for Poverty Action. Retrieved 2021-08-03.