ABDUL LATIF JAMEEL POVERTY ACTION LAB
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), South Asia was established in 2007 as a regional research centre at IFMR LEAD. It is part of a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.
J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence, and research is translated into action. We do this through three main activities:
- Conducting Rigorous Impact Evaluations: J-PAL researchers conduct randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at reducing poverty.
- Policy Outreach: J-PAL’s policy group analyzes and disseminates research results and builds partnerships with policymakers to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and effective programmes are scaled up.
- Capacity Building: J-PAL equips practitioners with the expertise to carry out their own rigorous evaluations through training courses and joint research projects.
J-PAL’s Programmes include Agriculture, Education, Environment and Energy, Finance, Health, Labour Markets, and Political Economy and Governance. The regional offices and programmes are overseen by members of the J-PAL Board, which is composed of J-PAL affiliates and senior management. J-PAL’s affiliated professors set their own research agenda and raise funds to support their evaluations.
To know more about J-Pal South Asia’s work, please visit http://www.povertyactionlab.org/south-asia