Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

  • R Researcher


The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of over 190 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL translates research into action, promoting a culture of evidence-informed policymaking around the world. Their policy analysis and outreach helps governments, NGOs, donors, and the private sector apply evidence from randomized evaluations to their work, and contributes to public discourse around some of the most pressing questions in social policy and international development. With a focus on learning and innovation, J-PAL works to build the capacity of researchers who produce evidence, policymakers and donors who use it, and advocates of evidence-informed policy. They create university-level open online courses and deliver in-person training programs around the world that help people become better producers and users of scientific evidence.

Primary Functions

  • Capacity building/Technical assistance
  • Research - other
  • Research - policy analysis
  • Research - project evaluation

Secondary Functions

  • Capacity building/Technical assistance
  • Funding
  • Program/Project Implementation

Geographic Scope

  • Global / regional

Areas of work Back to Top

Education topics addressed


  • Post-secondary
  • Primary completion
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion
  • Secondary Enrollment


  • Early childhood development
  • Other
  • Remote Learning
  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Vocational training


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Other academic performance-related
  • STEM

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Community sensitization
  • COVID-19 Response
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Nutrition
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Funders and partners Back to Top

Current girls’ education funders

Current girls' education partners

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Locations and contact information Back to Top


Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Headquarters location(s)

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Office location(s)

  • Chile
  • Egypt
  • France
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • South Africa
  • United States of America

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Czechia
  • Dominican Republic
  • France
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • North Macedonia
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • United States of America
  • Zambia

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