Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Founded at MIT in 2003, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global network of over 130 affiliated professors who use the power of scientific evidence to understand what really helps the poor.

J-PAL is a network of over 130 affiliated professors in over 40 leading universities around the world who are united to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation.

J-PAL Community Monitoring

Over the past 15 years, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has helped transform how some of the most influential players in public policy and development make decisions by informing policy with scientific evidence. J-PAL works closely with governments, donors, and nonprofits to help design and evaluate innovative social programmes, scale up the most cost-effective interventions, and build a culture of evidence-informed policymaking. In recognition of its work, J-PAL has received the Albert Hirschman Prize of the Social Science Research Council and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. Its affiliated professors have received many awards, including four of the last six prestigious John Bates Clark medals, presented annually to the top American economists under the age of 40.


Founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and a core Community Jameel initiative since 2005, J-PAL is directed by MIT professors Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Benjamin Olken, some of the world’s foremost development economists. To date, J-PAL affiliates have conducted nearly 900 evaluations in 80 countries, and more than 300 million people have been reached by programmes tested and found to be effective through J-PAL evaluations. The organisation has been instrumental in increasing the number and quality of randomised evaluations on development interventions.

J-PAL identifies key knowledge gaps and, through grantmaking initiatives across a broad range of sectors, supports rigorous research designed to respond to policymakers’ needs. Community Jameel partners with J-PAL on these initiatives around the world, including the Government Partnerships Initiative, which supports partnerships to increase the use of evidence in policymaking, and the European Social Inclusion Initiative, which supports research on the effectiveness of migrant education and integration, as well as on initiatives focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region.

For further information about J-PAL, please visit: http://www.povertyactionlab.org/