About the Prize
JPAID awards a US$1000 annual prize to the author(s) of an outstanding paper published in the journal during the previous twelve months. A prize of US$500 is awarded to the runner up. The prizes are intended to encourage and recognize excellence in research related to poverty and development. Editorial board members select the winning paper, and reserve the right not to award a first prize if no paper is judged to be of sufficient merit. For more information, please visit our website.
First prize — Lindsey CARSON, Joanna V. NORONHA & Michael J. TREBILCOCK
Volume 6 Number 2
Held Back: Explaining the Sluggish Pace of Improvement to Basic Education in Developing
Democracies–The Cases of India and Brazil
Lindsey Carson is an Adjunct Lecturer at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), John Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Joanna Vieira Noronha is a SJD Candidate, at
the Harvard Law School, Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Michael J. Trebilcock is Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Canada.
The opinion of one of the judges was that:
The in-depth analysis of both the Indian and Brazil cases demonstrated a deep understanding of the historical and present day context of education in both countries, and more important, the importance of context for understanding education outcomes. The comparative analysis enabled important policy lessons to be drawn.
Second prize (runner up) — Nuzha ALLASSAD ALHUZAIL
Volume 6 Number 1
On a New Path: Microfinance as a Tool to Help Bedouin Women Extricate Themselves from Poverty
Dr. Nuzha Allassad Alhuzail is a social worker and the director of the SAWA microfinance program
established by the Koret Foundation in Israel. She is a lecturer in the School of Social Work at Sapir Academic College. Her research deals with the implications of social change for the lives of three
generations of Bedouin women.
One of our judges said in regard to the article:
The author demonstrates a deep understanding of Bedouin women in Israel, and provides a
compelling portrait of their lives. The empirical material reveals the rapport if not intimacy of the
author with her respondents, and how this allows for deep insight into the impacts of micro-finance
programs. The empirical material is not left to speak for itself, but rather the author uses this material
to show the basis of her analysis.
JPAID Prize for Early Career Researchers
Winner — Johan SANDBERG
Volume 6 Number 2
Evidence-based Policymaking? Revisiting the “Known,” the Assumed and the Promoted in New
Social Development Policy
Dr. Johan Sandberg is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Migration and Development
(CMD), Princeton University in the United States. Significant parts of the work presented in his article was undertaken while he was working as a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Lund University.
Our editorial broad members and the team at JPAID warmly congratulate our winners. We wish them all the best for their future research. We would also like to sincerely thank all of the authors who
contributed to JPAID in 2015. The quality of articles was extremely high, and selecting prize winners
from such a strong field was a very difficult task for our judges.
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