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Maternal Mortality and the Gender Gap in Desired Fertility in Zambia

This study evaluates the impact of providing information to men and women about maternal mortality on knowledge of risk, demand for family planning, and maternal and child health outcomes.

Researchers
Nava Ashraf, Erica Field, Alessandra Voena et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Zambia (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
Low-Interest Credit for Cash Transfer Beneficiaries in the Dominican Republic

This study examines the socio-economic impacts of offering low-interest lines of credit to digital cash transfer recipients in the Dominican Republic.

Researchers
Frederico Finan, Paul Gertler, Sean Higgins et al.
Locations
Dominican Republic (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers; Financial Services)
The Role of Hard and Soft Skills in Entrepreneurial Success: Experimental Evidence from Uganda

This randomized evaluation evaluates the impact of entrepreneurship training for Ugandan youth and the role of soft versus hard skills on labor market, business success, and fertility outcomes.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Dana Carney
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Uganda (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning); Education & Labor (Youth & Vocational Training)
Promoting Safe Sex Among Adolescents in Tanzania

This randomized evaluation aims to identify the demand side and supply side factors which influence adolescent sexual and reproductive health behavior in Tanzania.

Researchers
Manisha Shah, Jennifer Muz
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Tanzania (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
Empowering Young Women in Malawi: A Mixed Methods Approach

This qualitative study, linked to a previous randomized evaluation, aims to understand the long-term impacts of cash transfers on young women's self-esteem and aspirations.

Researchers
Craig McIntosh, Sarah Baird, Ephraim Chirwa et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Malawi (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Mental Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning; Child Health); Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Education & Labor (Gender; Primary & Secondary Education)
The Impact of Cash Transfers on Delivery Planning and Maternal Care Quality in Kenya

This project evaluates whether cash transfers and decision-making nudges can help low-income pregnant women deliver in a high-quality facility of their choice.

Researchers
Jessica Cohen, Ginger Golub, Margaret Kruk et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
​Access to Digital Credit and Its Spillover Effects in China

This pilot study surveyed husbandry loan recipients in rural China to understand loan welfare effects and production activities.

Researchers
Zenan Wang
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
China (East Asia and the Pacific)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)
​Consumer Protection Oversights in the Chinese Social Credit System

This pilot study conducted interviews with users of a Chinese social credit product to understand their consumer protection concerns.

Researchers
Shazeda Ahmed, Jael Makagon
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
China (East Asia and the Pacific)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers
​Mobile Payments and Inclusive Credit: A Silver Lining in India's Cash Crisis?

This pilot study explored the effect of digital payment adoption and digital loans on small merchants’ business and welfare outcomes in India.

Researchers
Ketki Sheth, Ethan Ligon, Carly Trachtman
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers
​Nano-Loans and CDR-Based Credit Scores: A Gateway to Financial Inclusion for Unbanked Haitians?

This pilot study conducted focus group discussions to better understand the potential welfare impacts of a mobile nano-loan product.

Researchers
Travis Lybbert, Oscar Barriga-Cabanillas
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Haiti (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers; Technology & Infrastructure
Gender-Differentiated Digital Credit Algorithms Using Machine Learning

This pilot study collected preliminary data to understand whether gender-differentiated credit scoring models (using non-traditional data) can increase women’s access to formal credit.

Researchers
Sean Higgins
Locations
Dominican Republic (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers
Incentivizing Small Merchants in Emerging Markets to Adopt Digital Payment Technologies

This pilot study investigates what value propositions can best incentivize small merchants to adopt digital payment technologies.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Ulrike Malmendier, Sean Higgins et al.
Locations
Dominican Republic (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)