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Ending Poverty Through Education: New Evidence from India and Africa


To reduce poverty and accelerate economic development, governments must invest in primary school education for all. But with limited resources, it is important to invest in programs that increase access, raise test scores, and are cost-effective. How can policy-makers meet these objectives? This briefing will showcase lessons from rigorously-tested school programs in India, Kenya, and Ghana.

Date and Time

Mar 2, 2012 9:00am — 12:30pm


University of California, Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036


9:00 am Welcome

9:30 am  Achieving Universal Quality Education in India: Challenges and Opportunities

Karthik Muralidharan from the University of California, San Diego will present results from nearly 10 years of primary field research conducted on the quality of primary education in India.  He will also discuss policy challenges and options for effectively implementing the recently passed "Right to Education" Act in India.

Papers presented:

10:15 am  The Importance of Context in the Evaluation of Educational Interventions

Leigh Linden from the University of Texas will review the results of three primary and pre-primary education projects in India, and discuss how integrating particular treatments into the existing educational context affects the estimated treatment effects.

Papers presented:

11:00 am  Girls' Scholarships in Kenya = Education as Liberation?

Michael Kremer from Harvard University will discuss a girls' scholarship program implemented in the early 2000's in Kenya, and how over a decade later, women's social and political attitudes and decisions have shifted with more education.  

Papers presented:

11:30 am From India to Ghana:  How Research Revived Remedial Education (slides will not be made available to the public)

Annie Duflo, Executive Director of Innovations for Poverty Action, will speak on a pioneering evaluation of a remedial education project in Ghana.  The Teacher Community Assistant Initiative, first developed in India, has been adapted, re-evaluated, and scaled-up across India, resulting in 33 million children reached through the Read India program.  The project is now being piloted and tested in Ghana.

12:00 pm Closing


Karthik Muralidharan (UC San Diego), Leigh Linden (University of Texas), Michael Kremer (Harvard), Annie Duflo (Innovations for Poverty Action)


Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), The University of California Washington D.C. Program (UCDC)