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Keeping the 'Tree of Life' Alive

Feb 6, 2016 - CEGA affiliate Travis Lybbert (UC Davis), working with Moroccan colleagues, has researched the impact of the argan oil boom on the argan region of Morocco for over 10 years. Findings are generally not positive for locals or the environment, indicating that although some rural families have benefited from the boom, outsiders have profited the most and that, unfortunately, the oil boom has not incentivized reforestation but only the conservation of mature trees.

Where Science Meets Activism

Jan 31, 2016 - CEGA's impact through research-based action was the focus of "Where Science Meets Activism," an article in the most recent edition of the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resource's Breakthroughs publication. The article highlights research on chlorine dispensers to reduce the risk of childhood diarrhea, flood-tolerant rice, and text-message updates on water availability.

The Economics of Corruption

Jan 30, 2016 - Research led by Jeremy Foltz and Kweku Opoku-Agyemang, a CEGA Research Fellow and Development Impact Lab (DIL) Postdoctoral Fellow alum, was featured in The Economist. The study found that higher pay for police officers in Ghana led to higher levels of extortion and corruption. This is contrary to conventional economic theory that suggests higher pay reduces corruption.

Using cell phone usage data to predict poverty

Nov 30, 2015 - A new study by CEGA Affiliate Joshua Blumenstock (University of Washington), along with Gabriel Cadamuro and Robert On, examines the use of cellular phone use metadata to predict wealth and poverty. The study has been covered by the New York Times, the BBC, Science ( podcast), and UW Today.

What's the Best Way to Measure Crop Productivity? Glowing Plants and Satellites

Nov 13, 2015 - David Lobell (Stanford) uses satellite technology to look at solar-induced fluorescence in plants. This exciting new approach could lead to a better understanding of agricultural stresses and could be a valuable tool to monitor and assess global food production. Read more here.

Secondary Education Yields Major Benefits, Especially for Girls

Oct 28, 2015 - New findings by Pascaline Dupas (Stanford) show that when financial barriers to secondary education are eliminated, poor Ghanaian youth increase cognitive abilities. Young women especially benefit, as they are more likely to delay childbearing and have higher earning potentials.

Contradicting the Critics of Cash Transfers

Oct 27, 2015 - Results of a study by Karthik Muralidharan (UC San Diego) and Paul Niehaus (UC San Diego), along with Sandip Sukhtankar, indicate that there are significant benefits of using biometrically authenticated payment infrastructures in terms of leakage and corruption reduction.

CEGA affiliates receive media attention from paper published in Nature

Oct 21, 2015 - Marshall Burke, Solomon Hsiang, and Ted Miguel recently had their paper featured in Nature. Media coverage of the paper can be found here.

DIL start-up "aqui-hired" by Facebook

Oct 5, 2015 - The founders of Endaga, a tech spin-off from Development Impact Lab-funded research, were hired by Facebook this month. Endaga builds community cellular networks that bring network connectivity to rural areas. The technology has become part of Facebook's vision to connect the world. Click here to read more.

Cash Transfers, No Strings Attached

Sep 25, 2015 - GiveDirectly, founded by CEGA affiliate Paul Niehaus and colleagues, was featured in The Atlantic this month, calling cash transfers without conditions "a simple way to reform welfare."

A new kind of development professional: The development engineer

Sep 23, 2015 - Michael Callen discusses development engineering's capability to be "synergistic with the smart policy movement" and the push for RCTs. CEGA and Executive Director Temina Madon are featured in this article posted by DevEx's higher education news.

Are We Too Fixated on Rural Electrification?

Sep 15, 2015 - Researcher Catherine Wolfram discusses her concern over focusing primarily on rural electrification and access to energy in energy-related development efforts.

UC Berkeley and IDB partner to improve impact evaluation of projects

Sep 3, 2015 - CEGA's partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank was featured in a blog post on the Development Effectiveness Blog.

Who will build the resilience of development agencies?

Aug 13, 2015 - CEGA Executive Director Temina Madon and Founder of BRAC-USA Susan Davis discuss the future of development agencies in a blog post published on Devex.

'Empathy,' not incentives or environmentalism, sells solar power in India

Jul 31, 2015 - Researchers Catherine Wolfram and Ted Miguel are quoted in this article on renewable energy and access to electricity in India.

Access to Electricity in Kenya in Reuters

Jul 30, 2015 - An article written by Faculty Director Ted Miguel and researcher Ken Lee discusses a study focused on access to electricity in rural Kenya.

Rural Electrification in Kenya on NPR

Jul 23, 2015 - A day before President Obama's visit to Kenya, an interview with Faculty Director Ted Miguel was featured on NPR's "Goats and Soda" discussing access to electricity in Kenya.

An Innovative Three-pronged Approach to Institutionalise Impact Evaluation Within Multilaterals

Jul 22, 2015 - An article written by Executive Director Temina Madon, and staff members Alexandra Orsola-Vidal and Cameron Breslin was published in eVALuation Matters. The article focuses on an innovative training program that CEGA and UC Berkeley has implemented with the IDB with the goal of institutionalizing impact evaluation both within the agency and within the larger Latin American development space.