Three-quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and the vast majority depend, in one way or another, on agriculture. Technologies like better seeds and farming practices could increase yields and improve livelihoods. But few farmers take up these technologies. J-PAL affiliates Dean Karlan (Yale) and Christopher Udry (Yale) investigate when and why farmers in Ghana decide to use certain agricultural technologies. Learn more about this evaluation at http://www.povertyactionlab......, and find out more about our work in agriculture here: http://www.povertyactionlab......
On July 18th and 19th, J-PAL hosted the first regional matchmaking conference for its Urban Services Initiative (USI) at Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Colombo conference brought together researchers and practitioners active in urban service delivery (particularly water, sanitation, and hygiene) throughout South Asia. The aim of the conference was to stimulate discussion on innovative micro-solutions to the need for better urban public services, and what collaboration opportunities might exist between the researchers and practitioners.
In 2010, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was asked by the Chilean Ministry of Planning to convene a commission of experts to help identify the major social policy challenges in Chile, and to propose innovative programs that could be evaluated using randomized impact evaluations. To this end, J-PAL assembled the Compass Commission, a group of international and local academics, with extensive experience in public policy and experimental evaluations.
At a conference on March 10th of 2011, J-PAL presented the Final Report of the Compass Commission to the Ministry of Planning. The Commission proposed the implementation of four social programs accompanied by randomized evaluations to measure the impact of these programs.