Friday, May 10, 2013 - Age: 5 yrs

10th PEP General Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa

Some 130 participants from 37 different countries attended the meeting in Cape Town, South Africa - May 2-10, 2013.

directory of participants

Click here to find out more about PEP general meetings and the event's program, or see below for a description of its main outcomes.

Selection of the first PAGE projects


Click here to find more information about the winning project proposals (and teams) selected for support under the first funding round of the PAGE program

Advanced training in PEP research methods and tools

Specifically, training was provided in techniques related to:

Impact evaluations, using Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)
Training was provided by Maria Laura Alzua, Jose Galdo and Maria Adelaida Lopera
See workshop program

Macro-micro policy simulations, using Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models
Training was provided by Bernard Decaluwe and Erwin Corong
See workshop program

Microeconometric measurement and analysis
Training was provided by Jorge Davalos and Guy Lacroix
See workshop program

"The method of randomized experiments is new for academics and policymakers in Mongolia. The few impact evaluations of programs implemented in Mongolia were conducted by international experts, but local knowledge and capacity in this method is low. So with the training it provides, PEP offers us a good opportunity to fill the knowledge gap in our country.."

        Soyolmaa Batbeh, MONGOLIA

High-level discussion panels around policy issues related to PEP research

The final and not least feature of the PEP general meeting was a series of panels, through which several international experts discussed a variety of policy issues, needs and implications related to the themes and analytical perspectives promoted through PEP research, particularly in the context of the PAGE program.


"Methods of policy assessment; contributions, challenges and complementarities" (May 9)


Three researchers who have been actively using one of the methodologies AND involved in the process of informing subsequent policymaking, shared their perspectives and reflected on the main strengths and weaknesses of their respective approaches for policy research.

"PAGE priority themes" (May 9)

The objective of this second plenary session was to allow these experts to argue the importance of these issues for economic and social development throughout out the developing world, and discuss how research can contribute to amassing an empirical evidence base for elaborating effective policy recommendations


This final panel was organized jointly with the IDRC and the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), and aimed at fostering dialogue among researchers, policy makers, and practitioners on key advances and challenges, knowledge and policy gaps, and opportunities for enhancing research to policy nexus.

"Usually, international organizations who are willing to fund local researchers in Africa only consider those with high expertise, who are already professors with lots of publications, but PEP has a unique approach, which is the capacity building of new experts and thus contribute to the expansion of local expertise. It is very important, the first of its kind, and it is a model which other international organizations should borrow from. The training and capacity building that PEP provides, especially with the junior researchers, is a long term and significant investment in local capacity".

Damilola Olajide, NIGERIA

Fernando Alberto Groisman, ARGENTINA


PEP is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid), and the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada





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