Examples of J-PAL Africa's Work and Outreach

J-PAL Africa, based at the University of Cape Town, leads J-PAL’s work in sub-Saharan Africa. J-PAL Africa conducts randomised evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programmes.

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Ethiopia

DigiFI African Scholars Birku Reta Entele and Shibiru Ayalew Melesse received funding in DigiFI Africa's first round RFP for their proposal development grant, The Impact of Biometric Identification Technology Use on Employee Attendance and Payroll Management: Experimental Evidence From Ethiopia Public Service Sector.

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Democratic Republic of Congo

Jonathan Weigel and Augustin Bergeron received funding in DigiFI Africa's first round RFP for their proposal development grant, Formalising Informal Taxation: Evidence from DR Congo.

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Nigeria

In Kano, the Kano State Universal Basic Education Board, Ministry of Education and Sa'adatu Rimi College Of Education, with support from TaRL Africa, the British Council and the UK Department for International Development launched the TaRL-inspired Kano Literacy and Maths Accelerator (KaLMA) pilot in 240 schools.
The State Government of Borno, supported by UNICEF, Plan International, and TaRL Africa is currently scaling up the TaRL approach in 2019-2020.

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Niger

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is part of the TaRL Community of Practice, a group of organisations implementing the TaRL approach in Africa.

Learn more about JICA's TaRL-inspired Minimum Package for Quality Learning (PMAQ) programme being implemented in Niger.

Senegal

J-PAL affiliated professor Marc Gurgand, with researchers Denis Cogneau, Justine Knebelmann, Victor Pouliquen, and Bassirou Sarr received funding in DigiFI Africa's first round RFP for their randomised evaluation, Bringing Property Owners into the Tax Net: Avenues of Fiscal Capacity and Local Governance.

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Rwanda

In 2013, the Rwandan Government and J-PAL co-hosted the Decision Science Symposium to discuss evidence relevant to Rwanda.

The Government decided to explore whether an HIV-prevention programme could be effective in Rwanda. The Generalizability Puzzle includes a case study of this scoping work and the decision not to scale this up.

The Government also began a Water Tanks Loan pilot, with support from Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Rwanda and J-PAL Africa, based on evidence from Kenya.

J-PAL affiliated professors, Jonathan Robinson and Susan Godlonton, with Shilpa Aggarwal and Alan Spearot, received funding in DigiFI Africa's first round RFP for their proposal development grant, Digital Input Value Chains and Farmer Credit: A proposal in collaboration with the Rwandan Agricultural Board.
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Zambia

The Ministry of General Education's Catch Up programme is rolling out to over 1,800 schools this year. Catch Up, Zambia's TaRL programme, is implemented by the Ministry with support from UNICEF, VVOB - education for development, USAID, Innovations for Poverty Action, and TaRL Africa.

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Kenya

Evidence Action and ziziAfrique are part of the TaRL Community of Practice, a group of organisations implementing the TaRL approach in Africa. Evidence Action is working with the government on their G-United TaRL-inspired programme. ziziAfrique is implementing a TaRL-inspired Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP).
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DigiFI's Post-Doctoral Associate, Gabriel Tourek received funding in DigiFI Africa's first round RFP in 2019 for a pilot project, Linking Digital Identification to Social Protection in Kenya.
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Ghana

Abu S. Shonchoy and Emma Riley received funding in DigiFI Africa's first round RFP for their proposal development grant, the impact of salary payment frequency on consumption smoothing, saving and investment patterns of civil servants in Ghana.
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Sierra Leone

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation, with support from the World Food Programme, J-PAL Africa, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Sierra Leone, and Frontier Research launched a pilot intervention providing incentives for childhood immunization.


J-PAL Africa supported Search for Common Ground in expanding their evidence-based parliamentary debates intervention.

Madagascar

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is part of the TaRL Community of Practice, a group of organisations implementing the TaRL approach in Africa.

Learn more about JICA's TaRL-inspired Minimum Package for Quality Learning (PMAQ) programme being implemented in Madagascar.

Mozambique

Facilidade ICDS is part of the TaRL Community of Practice, a group of organisations implementing the TaRL approach in Africa.

Learn more about Facilidades ICDS' TaRL-inspired TPC Mozambique programme.

Côte d'Ivoire

The Ministry of National Education of Côte d’Ivoire, with support from Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Cemoi, and TaRL Africa (a J-PAL-Pratham joint venture) piloted and is currently scaling le Programme d’Enseignment Ciblé (PEC), the first TaRL programme ever launched in French. Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is collecting independent process monitoring data of the pilot to determine the programme’s readiness to be implemented at a larger scale.

Learn more about PEC.

Uganda

Building Tomorrow is part of the TaRL Community of Practice, a group of organisations implementing the TaRL approach in Africa.

Learn more about Building Tomorrow's TaRL-inspired Roots to Rise programme.

South Africa

In South Africa, our research team evaluates the impact of social programmes and policies, covering a wide range of sectors including labour markets, urban services, and political particpation.

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Botswana

Young 1ove is part of the TaRL Community of Practice, a group of organisations implementing the TaRL approach in Africa.

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Malawi

J-PAL affiliated professors Pascaline Dupas and Jessica Goldberg received funding in DigiFI Africa's first round RFP for their pilot study, Digital Identification for Poverty Alleviation in Malawi.

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