Successful study visit in Argentina for Tanzanian team member

March 7-18, 2024 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

PEP researcher from Tanzania gains valuable insights into research project during study visit at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

PEP researcher, Noela Ringo, spent a very productive 12 days on a study visit to the Universidad Nacional de La Plata(UNLP) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

From March 7 to 18, she visited Dr Guillermo Cruces, the scientific mentor for her PEP project team, to work on the PEP project SMS Campaign to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Take-up in Tanzania. This project is supported by PEP under the Strengthening Impact Evaluation Capacities for Development (SIECD) initiative, thanks to funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

She collaborated with Dr Cruces to improve her team’s Working Paper ahead of the team’s presentation at the PEP Annual Conference in June.

Noela also presented the paper as a research seminar to a packed auditorium of teachers, researchers, and students from UNLP and the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS). Research Director, Dr Maria Alzúa, and Research Officer, Delfina Cerisoli, from PEP’s Experimental Research Group also attended.

She shared her team’s methodology and how they found no positive impact on COVID-19 vaccine take-up three weeks after the SMS campaign. The audience offered valuable insights and asked interesting questions.

Before the seminar, Ms. Ringo met with the Dean of UNLP, Eduardo De Giusti, and the Research and Transfer Secretary, Hugo Collacciani, alongside her PEP mentor and Experimental Research Group colleagues.

As well as developing her PEP project, Noela also held meetings with five CEDLAS researchers and Delfina to discuss new research on development topics pertinent to countries in the Global South. These topics included education, labor markets, education, corruption, and conditional cash transfers. 


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