Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For Support To African Scholars Of The Blended Master's In Data, Economics, And Development Policy

This grant will provide scholarships for African students to participate in a new master’s program designed to reach a large number of developing country learners with online content. Participants earn a "MicroMasters" certificate for passing exams based on online coursework, and a full master’s degree if they also complete a semester in residence at MIT and an internship. The goal is to build African capacity to consume and produce rigorous quantitative evidence.
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for a project to expand J-PAL’s existing efforts in East and West Africa  
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded on the belief that anti-poverty programs can be made more effective - thus creating positive change in the lives of the poor - if policymakers have access to rigorous scientific evidence on what works and the capacities to apply it. This grant will support J-PAL's efforts to deepen its work in East and West Africa. Specifically, J-PAL plans to (a) build partnerships with select African governments, multilateral donors, research centers, and universities; (b) expand collaborations between East and West African scholars and J-PAL's research affiliates; and (c) support major development actors in Africa to incorporate evidence into the design of large programs. (Strategy: Evidence-Informed Policymaking)

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