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Building Smart Peace – BIT joins conflict resolution consortium

The number of people displaced by violence and conflict reached 68.5 million by the end of 2017. BIT is already working to apply behavioural insights to challenges in refugee camps, such as promoting early childhood development and reducing corporal punishment in schools. We are excited to announce that BIT will now work to support peace […]

September 11, 2018

Fomentando la asistencia de los directores a las escuelas en Perú

(This post is also available in English) El ausentismo docente en las escuelas puede ser divertido para los estudiantes. Si le pedimos que recuerde un día escolar en el que faltó un profesor, probablemente vendrán a su memoria imágenes de caras sonrientes, una película o un juego afuera. Desafortunadamente, investigaciones previas han demostrado que incluso unos días de […]

April 13, 2018

Encouraging teachers and principals to turn up to school in Peru

(This post is also available in Spanish) Teacher absenteeism can be fun for students. If we ask you to remember a day at school when a teacher didn’t show up, it probably brings back memories of happy faces, a movie, or a game outside. Unfortunately, research shows that even a few days of teacher absenteeism […]

April 13, 2018

Supporting innovation in public services: Empathy Training in Bangladesh

In partnership with the Access to Information programme (a2i) from the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh, the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) have been working to develop behavioural insights capacity within the Government of Bangladesh. In the first of several posts about our work together, we highlight one of the ways we are collaborating: the addition […]

April 10, 2018

Using behavioral insights to support early child development in the Syria response

We are living in a time when more families have been forced from their homes by conflict and crisis than at any other time since World War II. The most vulnerable among these are children. Refugee children are often deprived of educational opportunities, some are separated from their families, and all are affected by their […]

August 25, 2017

Corruption: Can a behavioural approach shift the dial?

The first global summit on anti-corruption was held in London in May. The summit brought together world leaders, businesses, academics, civil society and international organisations to discuss the practical steps that could be taken to tackle corruption across the world. Here at BIT, we think that behavioural science can make an important contribution to anti-corruption. […]

July 7, 2016

Results from BIT tax trial in Guatemala

You might remember reading a blog post back in May that announced the launch of our first randomised controlled trials in Latin America, in partnership with the World Bank. We now have results. The trial tested redesigned reminder letters to Guatemalan taxpayers who had failed to declare their income tax on time. We found that […]

December 22, 2014

World Bank publishes landmark report on Mind, Society and behaviour

The 2015 World Development Report was launched last week by the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, and our own CEO, Dr David Halpern (see the video of the launch here). David sent back this blog from Washington: The subject of the 2015 World Development Report is behavioural insights. Mind, Society and Behaviour […]

December 8, 2014

BIT at the World Economic Forum

Our CEO, David Halpern, spent last week at the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum now has a Council focused on behaviour, chaired by David and Eldar Shafir (a Princeton professor and co-author of the recent book Scarcity). David sent back this blog post: Going to Dubai last week was my first experience of […]

November 19, 2014

BIT first trial in Latin America goes live!

As part of a new partnership with the World Bank, we launched our first trial in Latin America this week. Working closely with the Guatemalan tax authority – Superintendencia Administracion Tributaria (SAT) – our Head of International Development, Simon Ruda, and Assistant Advisor Stewart Kettle spent time in Guatemala setting up a suite of trials, […]

May 29, 2014