Articles by Pooja Wagh
Evidence-based policymaking requires a collaborative relationship between the worlds of research, policy and practice. But productive three-way communication between these actors is difficult, as vague prejudices can limit each side's ability to listen and learn. As every failure to communicate is a missed opportunity, Innovations for Poverty Action explores some ways to improve learning and communication.
The theory behind financial education is that by learning financial concepts from an early age, children will make welfare-enhancing financial decisions when they grow up. But does it work? Innovations for Poverty Action runs down the results of programs in Uganda and beyond that are offering savings accounts, financial capability training or a combination of the two.
Soap Operas and Cell Phones: Riding on technological channels to impact financial capability at scale
The South African soap opera, Scandal!, shows the promise of technology and out-of-the-box thinking to improve financial behaviors of households around the world. A World Bank report, summarizing the outcome of five years of testing and experimentation on financial education, confirms that there’s still a lot of work to do to understand the scope and limitations of different interventions and delivery mechanisms.