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Fighting Poverty: What Works? The Work of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT

Fighting Poverty: What Works? The Work of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Technology Day 2006. Esther Duflo hopes to take the measure of a wide range of anti-poverty programs. Applying scientific methodology, her colleagues and students at the MIT Poverty Action Lab are approaching the projects of well-intended governments and NGO's (non-government organizations) with a fresh eye. "We have a spotty and scattered idea of the most effective ways to deliver social impact," says Duflo, so evaluating what works is important. She describes the U.N. goal of ensuring that all children worldwide attend school. Many programs aimed at achieving this goal simply don't deliver the results intended. Some approaches that gained credibility and support involve giving away school uniforms and providing free meals. But, says Duflo,... Show More

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