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Category: Discovery & Impact, Student Experience

Title: Not your typical summer professional development opportunity

Manami Nakayama (MIDP ‘23)

Nakayama will be working in Tanzania for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a leading research and policy nonprofit which has been working in countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America for nearly 20 years. Her research will focus on financial inclusion, which has been linked with poverty alleviation and economic mobility. Nakayama will help evaluate the impact of projects which have introduced new digital technologies as a way to enhance financial inclusion in poor households.

María Antonella Pereira (MIDP‘23)

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Pereira’s placement will involve work in both Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. She will be working for the International Centre for Evidence on Disability at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, evaluating the impact of the Skills Training for Advancing Resources (STAR) program in Bangladesh. Two out of every five Bangladeshis between 15 and 24 years are unemployed, uneducated and lack formal job training. STAR is a six-month apprenticeship program for young people, providing classroom and on-the-job training with local employers.

Grace Robinson (MIDP‘23)

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Robinson will spend her summer working with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in India, which has one of the lowest female labor force participation rates in South Asia. Among rural women, less than 30% are engaged in productive work, paid or unpaid. The Government of India has several programs that provide investment, training and advisory services to women’s collectives. 3ie’s Swashakt Evidence Program is studying the impact of these initiatives on women’s livelihoods and their social empowerment.