Convocation Focuses on Finding Solutions to Global Poverty

February 15, 2018

Activist and Deputy Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Christine Papai, Carleton Class of 2004, will present the weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 23. Papai, who earned a BA in mathematics, combined her aptitude for data evaluation with a passion for social justice, and today works out of a field office in Ghana. 

In her position at IPA, Papai oversees ongoing projects and leads new project development in southern Ghana, as well as supporting the Ghana country office finance and operations teams. The title of her presentation is “Tackling Global Poverty: The Best Solutions May Surprise You.”

Carleton convocations are held from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. on Friday mornings in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. They are also recorded and archived for online viewing.

Innovations for Poverty Action is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it.

That's where IPA comes in. Papai and her team bring together leading researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created leads to tangible improvement in the lives of the world’s poor.  As an organization, IPA’s comparative advantage is their local presence in the countries where they have established offices. This allows the organization both to develop strong long-term relationships with decision-makers and a long-term view for evidence-based policy. Their research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. Find more on their website.

After earning her BA in mathematics from Carleton, Papai went on to earn her MS in mathematics, MDP in international development, and MPH in maternal & child health all from the University of Minnesota. She has served as an evaluator and data manager for the Minnesota Department of Health, as well as a manager for the relief organization Feed My Starving Children where she provided oversight and guidance in areas of food and occupational safety, as well as staff training.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at First and College Streets in Northfield.