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Empowering Young Women in Malawi: A Mixed Methods Approach

This project evaluates the long-term impacts of cash transfers (both conditional and unconditional) on young women’s self-esteem and aspirations.

Researchers
Craig McIntosh, Sarah Baird, Ephraim Chirwa et al.
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Malawi (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning); Education & Labor (Gender; Primary & Secondary Education)
Biomarker Validation of Self-Reported Sexual Behavior among Women in Zimbabwe

Results from biomarker testing of women's recent sexual activity contrasted sharply with self-reported behavior, independent of whether the interview was face-to-face or computer-assisted.

Researchers
Nancy Padian, Alexandria M. Minnis, Markus J. Steiner (FHI 360) et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Zimbabwe (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
Stimulating Demand for Long Acting Reversible Contraception in Zimbabwe

Researchers evaluate the effectiveness of a community-based intervention to increase women's uptake of Long Acting Reversible Contraception.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Zimbabwe (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
Cash Transfers and Domestic Violence in Ecuador

Researchers exploit the randomized roll out of an unconditional cash transfer program to understand the relationship between income and domestic violence.

Researchers
Lia Fernald, Melissa Hidrobo
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Ecuador (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers)
Poverty Alleviation and Maternal Depression in Mexico

Oportunidades, a large-scale conditional cash transfer (CCT) program aimed at poverty alleviation and child health in Mexico, resulted in a clinically meaningful reduction in maternal depression.

Researchers
Lia Fernald, Emily Ozer, Ann Weber et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Statistical Matching
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Mental Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
Enhancing Food Production and Food Security through Improved Inputs: An Evaluation of Tanzania's National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a Focus on Gender Impacts

This study examines the effects of vouchers for agricultural inputs on household income, agriculture production and food security.

Researchers
Nancy Padian, Sandra McCoy, Madhur Gautam et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, - Difference-in-Differences
Locations
Tanzania (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs)
Slum Housing Upgrading in El Salvador, Mexico & Uruguay

Building a Brighter Future: Slum-Housing Upgrading for Informal Settlements

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Ryan Cooper, Sebastian Galiani et al.
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Uruguay, Mexico, El Salvador (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Health (Mental Health); Technology & Infrastructure (Housing)
Demand for Nontraditional Cookstoves in Bangladesh

This study examines the impact of intra-household preferences for nontraditional cookstoves, information dissemination and price effects of nontraditional cookstove technology in rural Bangladesh.

Researchers
Grant Miller, Robert Bailis, Puneet Dwivedi et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Bangladesh (South Asia)
Development Topics
Climate & Environment (Energy; Pollution Control); Health
Expanding Access to Formal Savings Accounts in Chile, Malawi, the Philippines, and Uganda

Four separate parallel studies conducted simultaneously in Chile, Malawi, the Phillippines, and Uganda to better understand the impact of expanding access to formal savings accounts.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Chile (Latin America and the Caribbean); Malawi, Uganda (Sub-Saharan Africa); Philippines (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)
Impact of Voter Knowledge Initiatives in Sierra Leone

Ongoing randomized evaluation of the impact of various voter knowledge initiatives on electoral outcomes during the 2012 Sierra Leone Elections.

Researchers
Katherine Casey, Kelly Bidwell, Rachel Glennerster
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Sierra Leone (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Public Service (Corruption; Civic Engagement)
Investing in Cash Transfers to Raise Long-Term Living Standards in Mexico

This study evaluates the ability of the Oportunidades CCT program to enable increased productive investments and long-run poverty impacts in Mexico.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Sebastián Martínez, Marta Rubio-Codina
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Health; Education & Labor (Primary & Secondary Education)
Risk Information and Adolescent Sexual Behavior in Cameroon

Evaluation of a school-based HIV/AIDS education program on fertility, reproductive health, and high-risk sexual behavior for 8th grade girls in Cameroon.

Researchers
Pascaline Dupas, Esther Duflo, Elise Huillery et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Cameroon (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Reproductive Health & Family Planning; Infectious & Communicable Diseases; Child Health); Education & Labor