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Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Africa

Cape Town, South Africa | https://www.povertyactionlab.org/africa
Joined in July 2014

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.

J-PAL Africa conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs. Our research team evaluates the impact of social programs and policies in South Africa, covering a wide range of sectors including labor markets, urban services, and political participation. Our policy team works with organizations and governments across Africa to build, pilot, and scale cost-effective interventions, including the Teaching at the Right Level approach to primary education.

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…

Issue Areas Include

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Policy
  • Poverty
  • Research & Social Science

Location

  • UCT, Middle Campus, School of Economics Building
    Level 3, room 3.16
    Cape Town 7700
    ZA

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