Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Africa

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Cape Town

South Africa

About Us

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Africa is located in the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the University of Cape Town School of Economics. J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. 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 programs 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.