Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)


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Vision and Mission: IPA creates high quality evidence. We help turn that evidence into better programs and policies for the poor

Our theory of change addresses two problems we see in the world, that there is limited evidence on what works to help the poor, and that the evidence that does exist is often unused by those who create and run programs for the poor. This leads to programs that are either ineffective or not as effective as they could be, and often, to wasted money and enduring poverty. Imagine if the trillions of dollars spent on aid in the past fifty years went to programs that had a tangible, cost-effective impact. IPA exists to make this vision a reality. By designing and evaluating potential solutions to global poverty problems and supporting decision-makers to use this evidence, IPA is helping to create better programs and policies, and ultimately, is building a world with more evidence and less poverty.

Website :

Physical Address: Plot 1123, KK23 road Kicukiro, Kigali

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6161 Kigali, Rwanda

Directions to find Country Office: Adjacent to Kicukiro district office, located on KK 23 off main Kicukiro KK 15 Road

Began work in Rwanda in year: 2013

Organization Leadership:

Country Director : Doug Kirke-Smith  |  Email:
Phone: (+250) 785 647967
Research Coordinator & Education Focal Point : Phillip Okull  | Email :
Phone: (+250) 789 923059

Areas of operation:

  • Advocacy
  • Policy development
  • Curriculum development
  • Teacher training
  • Capacity building
  • Access to education
  • Early childhood education/development
  • Resources & equipment

Districts working in: