To contribute new perspectives and contextualized policy solutions to
socioeconomic development challenges worlwide

The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) is an international organization that links researchers globally to enhance capacity for development policy analysis in developing countries. PEP research contributes to informing national and international debates related to economic policy, poverty, gender and sustainable development.

The core mission of PEPPEP Grant Plus

However, with the continual support and interaction of world-leading experts and institutions - globally-linked through this venture - PEP has also become a veritable hub of expertise, knowledge and innovation in the field of economic and development policy analysis in developing countries.

Finally, as a reputed supra-national research institution, PEP also provides the necessary infrastructure for Southern experts to participate in (and bid for) major international initiatives; which, in turn, contributes to establish their national and international reputations and level the playing field with their Northern counterparts. By catalyzing their in-depth knowledge of local contexts, PEP research favours new and more relevant perspectives on major development challenges.

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Global scope and institutional linkages

Since its creation in 2002, PEP has evolved into a truly global partnership, with regional partner institutions based in Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America, collaborating to manage its activities worldwide.

To this day, PEP has contributed to building the scientific expertise of over 600 developing country researchers, through the support of 195 projects in 54 developing and emerging economies9500 researchers and policy advocates had registered on the PEP website - i.e. to participate in and follow PEP news and activities.

The geographic scope of PEP activities, combined with a "networking" type of organizational structure, provide a unique opportunity for local-based, and usually isolated, Southern researchers to share and learn from experience with international peers.

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In recent years, PEP has also expanded in terms of institutional networking and sources of funding, with a growing list of donors including AusAID, CIDA, DFID (or UK Aid), IADB, IDRC, IFPRI, ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, etc.

From building to promoting Southern-based expertise

Indeed, PEP has become increasingly active in going beyond its core capacity building activities to support and promote the mobilization of local experts in key national and international research initiatives.


Research and capacity building

Using a variety of cutting-edge methodologies

PEP toolbox

  • Community-based monitoring systems (CBMS program)
  • Macro-micro development policy modeling (MPIA program)
  • Impact evaluations - including randomized controlled trials (PIERI program)
  • Microeconomic analysis of poverty, gender and inequality (PMMA program)

To address a broad range of socioeconomic issues and challenges

Through these various approaches, PEP research can explore a broad range of policy issues related to development and poverty reduction  - from education and youth employment to agriculture, food security, fiscal policies, inclusive growth, health, nutrition, income, and many other dimensions of welfare  - while producing both comprehensive and disaggregated analyses to address specific knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base.

Policy engagement

To ensure policy responsiveness and impact of each project, PEP devotes extensive resources to assist its researchers in creating strong policy linkages and implementing effective influence strategies.

Ongoing consultation with relevant policy makers and stakeholders, especially at the national level, is a fixed component of PEP research (all throughout project cycle). Supported researchers are also provided with both continual guidance and a series of complementary grants to organize or participate in related activities (national policy conferences, international conferences, publications, etc.). Find out more

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