Expanded Portfolio in Digital Financial Inclusion

With support from Visa, CEGA's Financial Inclusion Lab (FIL) recently made four new pilot awards to teams conducting early-stage, exploratory research on digital financial inclusion in emerging markets.

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The Development Impact Lab (DIL) Explore Grant application is now open. Individual awards for up to $5,000 are available for early-stage development engineering research and travel to developing countries in support of partnership development. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 20, 2017.

Economic Development and Institutions Request for Applications
The Economic Development and Institutions (EDI) initiative is publicly calling for proposals for pilot studies and full-scale randomized controlled trials to rigorously test interventions or government programs that implement strategies to improve the performance of political or legal institutions and ultimately support economic development.

One for One: Aid in Kind
In recent years, popular shoe retail brands have donated their products in-kind to recipients in developing countries to bolster more socially-concious consumption. A recent article in the Economist details a study featuring CEGA affiliate Bruce Wydick, which expored the implications of the TOMS shoes intervention that gives one pair of shoes to a child for every pair purchased.

Research Transparency Workshops in Kenya
Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) Director, Jennifer Sturdy has co-authored an article in the Association for Psychological Sciences on recent research transparency workshops in Kenya, co-hosted with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the broader research transparency movement.

CEGA is Hiring!
We are expanding our team with openings for the following full-time positions: Events & Communications Associate, and Energy & Financial Inclusion Senior Program Associate.

November Impact Note
Read about Aid in Kind, New Animated Videos Highlighting "Tech for Dev", Economic Development and Institutions Request for Applications, and more in our latest Impact Note.

Measurement Technology for International Development
The global satellite market is growing rapidly, with an estimated 1 trillion images now taken annually. This Forbes article highlights takeaways from the recent Measurement Technology Conference, co-hosted by CEGA and the World Bank, exploring how satellite data and other measurement tools can drive international development endeavors, from increasing internet access to optimizing harvest yields.

Development Impact Lab (DIL) Animation Videos
The Development Impact Lab (DIL), co-managed by CEGA and the Blum Center for Developing Economies, has released three new videos on key DIL projects: GridWatchElectroChemical Arsenic Remediation (ECAR), and GSM White Spaces, to introduce efforts at the intersection of technology and international development.