Contributing to the promotion of Southern-based experts


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         Leonardo Gasparini was recruited as Scientific Committee member of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) in 2009


         Elydia Sylva was recruited by the National Bank for Social and Economic Development in 2010.

         After successfully defending his thesis, based on his PEP project, Pedro Oliveira was hired as Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Grande Dourados to teach quantitative methods, which he acquired, in great part, during his PEP project.


         S.M. Abdullah was appointed Lecturer for the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka


         Following conclusion of their PEP project in 2008, Dia Bernadette KamgniaSimon J. Leunkeu Wangun was recruited as Research Officer for the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Urban Management, and Tatsinkou Christophe has been appointed as head of Coordination Unit at the National Bureau of Statistics.

         Paul Ningaye. He was also called upon by the National Bureau of Statistics to assist in the integration of new indicators to monitor/measure multi-poverty in Cameroon, based on his PEP-supported research work.


         In 2008, Tabo Symphorien Ndang

         In 2010, Olivier Beguy was recruited as an Economist for the World Bank Office in Chad.


         Wei Qu was awarded with the Social Science Research Excellence Award of Gansu Province two years in a row, in 2010 and 2012.


         Ricardo Arguello was appointed Associate Professor at the Universidad del Rosario, and recruited as an advisor in agricultural statistics for the National Institute of Statistics.


         In 2008, Sara Wong was asked by the Director of RIMISP (the Latin American Center for Rural Development) to become a member of a regional initiative on Rural Poverty, to undertake studies and give policy recommendations to reduce rural poverty in Ecuador.


         Nadia Belhaj Hassine became a Senior Economist for the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. She was later recruited as Senior Program Specialist of the IDRC Regional Office in Middle-East. 

         Asmaa Elbadawy th GDN Annual Conference in 2010.


         In 2007, thanks to his ongoing research work with PEP, Sindu Workneh Kebede was admitted in a special Doctoral program of DIW Berlin, sponsored by the Humboldt University of Berlin. 


         Following conclusion of their PEP project in 2007, Sugata Marjit (project team leader) became director of the Center for Studies in Social Sciences, in Calcutta, while his research partner, Saibal Kar, was promoted to Associate Professor.


         In 2011, Jane Kabubo-Mariara was appointed as Director of the School of Economics at the University of Nairobi, while her research partners, Margaret N. Karienyeh and Francis K, Mwangi, were appointed Associate Lecturers, the first at Kenyatta University (Kenya), and the other at Kigali Institute of Management, in Rwanda.


         In 2010, Kassim Dabitao was recruited to edit the annual reviews of the National Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, while his research partner, Aoua Saran Dembele was promoted to Chief Research Officer of an observatory for the National Agency for Labour.


         William M. Fonta was appointed Senior Lecturer in Economics at University of Nigeria

         Reuben Adeolu Alabi was appointed Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics of Ambrose Alli University.

         While initiating his third PEP-supported research project, in 2008, John Ataguba was recruited as a Lecturer/Research Officer by the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, where in 2012 he successfully defended his thesis - based on his PEP research results - for a PhD he completed through a competitive Commonwealth Scholarship. Soon after, he was awarded, by the same University, a special "Merit Award for exceptional contributions to teaching, service leadership, and social responsiveness"


         After publication of their PEP paper, the team leader Vaqar Ahmed was invited to make several in-country presentations, including to the Ministry of Finance, the Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development, as well as during the Sustainable Development Conference in Islamabad. He was also appointed Chief of Macroeconomics (and now Advisor) for the Planning Commission. Of the same research team, Ahsan Abbas was asked to present the results at Gujranwala Institute of Future Technologies, and to contribute to key publications on tax- and trade-related analysis in Pakistan, while Saira Ahmed earned her PhD from the IMT Institute of Advanced Studies, after defending her thesis based on their PEP results in Luca, Italy.


         In 2010, Hazel Jean Malapit was recruited by the World Bank as a Gender Economist, for the Gender and Development Unit, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network. 

         In 2010, Jasmin P. Suministrado was recruited by the International Labour Office (ILO), as Knowledge Officer for the Microinsurance Innovation Facility, Employment Sector.


         Veronica Amarante, Mery Ferrando and Andrea Vigorito

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  What researchers have to say about their PEP experience



From the team of PEP project PMMA-11314
Analysis of the missing dimensions of poverty data in Nigeria

  The impact of our PEP exposure extends beyond the completion of the projects.

  This provided invaluable support in understanding the methodology, data collection tool as well as analyses techniques.  The willingness of busy academics to devote such time to provide research support was immensely useful to the project. 

We are grateful that PEP support includes not only scientific input, but also revision, comments, editing, etc.  all of which has helped to improve upon the work and is also helpful in giving it overall direction.  Provided on an ongoing basis, it further enhances chances to publish papers in reputable scientific journals.   

From the team of PEP project PIERI-11239
School Attendance, Child Labor and Cash Transfers: An Impact Evaluation of PANES - Uruguay

  The course on impact evaluation that _one of our team members

From the team of PEP project MPIA-11351
Setting Up a Uniformed Social Security System under Huge Rural Labor Migration in China

From the team of PEP project PIERI-11242
Estimating Participation and Spill-over Effects in Conditional Cash Transfer Programs - Brazil

We also have profited from PEP's support to present the papers at international conferences. Such support was of great value for my team, specially the younger members who had the opportunity to participate both as presenters and discussants in these conferences. 

From the team of PEP project PIERI-11243

From the team of PEP project MPIA-10676
(Sectoral strategy, poverty and vulnerabilities : the case of Togo)

From the team of PEP project PMMA-10229
Labor supply responses to income shocks under credit constraints: Evidence from Bukidnon, Philippines.

  We received additional financial support in the form of travel grants, as well as a publication grant. We find these types of support to be extremely useful, leading directly to very concrete changes in the way we conduct research.

Our participation in PEP general meetings were very useful, not only in terms of making presentation and receiving feedback from resource persons and participants, but also in terms of touching base with fellow researchers from different developing countries. 

From PEP project team PMMA-10521
Child Survival, Poverty and Policy Options from DHS Surveys in Kenya: 1993-2003

  • Access to literature and database
  • Access to software
  • The high technical support offered.
  • Opportunities for additional grants (e.g. Junior researcher grants and conference participation
  • The excellent and very efficient management of all on financial, technical and other logistical issues

From PEP project team PIERI-11204
Effect of Sexuality and Procreation Education on Health and Poverty Reduction of Girls in Rural China - The Case of Gansu Province, China

From PEP project team PMMA-10208  
(Who Benefits From Social Expenditures in Chad? An Incidence Analysis Using Survey Data)

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