Articles by Mukta Joshi
Applying Behavioral Science to Program Staff: An Under-Explored Path to Strengthening Global Anti-Poverty Programs
Evidence suggests that applying behavioral science to global anti-poverty programs can increase their impact—typically by encouraging positive behaviors among program participants. But Mukta Joshi and Faraz Haqqi at ideas42 point out that the behavior of program staff has not received the same level of attention, even though staff directly shape a program's potential for impact. They explore how behavioral science can be used to optimize the behaviors of anti-poverty program staff, offering a powerful new channel for improving lives and livelihoods.
Microentrepreneurs have the potential to be a growth engine for developing countries, but they often lack business and financial management training. A recent project suggests that behavioral design has the power to unlock the potential of these microentrepreneurs, markedly improving their financial practices and business outcomes and leading to the financial well-being of their families.