In 2012, PEP was granted funding by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada to lead a new research initiative entitled in developing countries.

See also the PAGE description brief and PowerPoint presentation

To build and promote research capacities in developing countries

in low-income countries (LICs), fragile and/or conflict states - see list of targeted countries. At least 40% of projects supported  by PEP through the PAGE program will be led by teams of researchers from these countries.

PAGE calls for proposals

PAGE research teams are being selected through a series of (three) open and competitive calls for proposals, launched annually.

The first two PAGE calls for proposals were launched in the Fall of 2012 and 2013, and the lists of those 42 projects selected, to date, for support under the two first PAGE rounds of funding are presented further below.

The 3rd (and final) PAGE call for proposals  was launched on August 20, 2014 and PEP is currently receiving submissions until October 30, 2014. Find out more about the PAGE calendar.

All PEP-PAGE projects are carefully selected after a long review process and several rounds of evaluation, which cumulate with their presentation/discussion with an audience of peers and PEP-affiliated international experts during one of the PEP general meetings (Find out more about the PEP Annual Conferences here).

For the analysis of specific and country-relevant policy issues

Under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment, a different list of priority issues are identified as especially relevant to address specific knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base, for each of the annual PAGE calls for proposals.

Below is the combined list of priority issues identified for projects selected through the first two rounds of PAGE funding:

  • Providing social protection to the informal sector
  • Safety net complementarities
  • Youth employment and entrepreneurship
  • Employment intensity of non-agricultural growth
  • Entrepreneurial risk tolerance by gender
  • Discrimination in credit access for women at the SME level

Click on the following links to find a detailed description of each of the priority research themes identified for the first (2012) PAGE funding round and the second (2013) PAGE funding round.

A new set of priority issues were identified for the 3rd and final PAGE competition, see below:

  • Improving the targeting of public expenditures and social assistance
  • Design of minimum wage policies and impact on youth and female workers
  • Youth employment
  • The inclusiveness of growth: the role of labor markets
  • Natural resources and employment
  • Micro and small enterprises for economic empowerment and poverty reduction

Click on the following link to find a detailed description of these latter themes : 3rd PAGE round priority issues.

From a variety of methodological approaches

PEP toolbox

Find more specific information regarding these tools and methods applied in the context of PEP research through the following links:

PAGE - Round 1 (2012-2014)

Following the 1st call for proposals (launched in Sept. 2012), a total of 25 research projects were selected for support under the first round of PAGE funding.

These projects include:

  • 15 projects in LICs, fragile and/or conflict states (see list of targeted countries)
  • 4 impact evaluation projects using randomized controlled trials (RCTs)
  • 8 projects using community-based monitoring systems (CBMS)

The table below presents the list of these projects.

Click on the links in the left column to find out more about each of them: 

Project link (click for info)

Project title


Macro-micro policy simulations
- info                                       Click on the links to the left for more info on each project



Burkina Faso


Employment Intensity of Non-Agricultural Growth: the case of Burundi



Impacts of Macroeconomic Policies on Growth, Employment and Poverty:  A CGE analysis for Cambodia




Central AfricanRepublic




Impact evaluations using randomized controlled trials (RCTs)
- info   Click on the links to the left for project description


The Impacts of Vocational Training Programs on the Duration of Youth Unemployment in Mongolia



Randomized Evaluation of an Unconditional Cash Transfer Scheme for the Elderly in Ekiti State, Nigeria



Beyond Technical Skills Training: the Impact of Credit Counselling on Entrepreneurial Behavior of Ugandan Youth



Enhancing Productive Firm Assets: A RCT on an Innovative Savings-Loan Product for Female Entrepreneur


Microeconomic measurement and analysis
- info                    Click on the links to the left for more info on each project


School Choice and Youth Entrepreneurship in Chad



Social Protection to the Informal Sector: The Role of Minimum Wage and Income Transfer Policies



Labour Migration in Cambodia: Causes and Impact on Poverty, Inequality, and Productivity



Is There Discrimination against Women Entrepreneurs in Formal Credit Markets in Nigeria?



Risk Tolerance, Gender, and Entrepreneurship: The case of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

Occupied Palestinian Territory


Youth Self-employment in Households Receiving Remittances in Macedonia

Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Rep. of


Internal Mobility and Youth Entrepreneurship in Democratic Republic of Congo(French)

Congo, the Democratic Rep.of


Access to Credit and Women Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Bangladesh


Community-based monitoring  systems (CBMS)
- info       CLICK HERE to find out more about each of the following projects.


Institutionalizing Local Level Poverty Monitoring System (LLPMS)



Toward a Community Based Monitoring System

for Santa Cruz de la Sierra



Developing a System of Communal Statistics in Two Municipalities of Haiti (French)



Measuring the Impact of Economic Programs in Niger through a Mechanism of Poverty Monitoring at the Community Level (French)



CBMS Development Initiative to Reap the Demographic Dividend in the Helm of 18th Amendment in Pakistan



The Link between Youth Unemployment and Vulnerability in Tanzania: Case Study of Bukoba Urban District



Strengthening the use of a "community-based poverty monitoring system" to provide evidence base for policies related to social protection and child welfare in the communities of Diebougou and Koper (FRENCH)

Burkina Faso


Expanding the Community-based Poverty Monitoring System in Argentina



These projects were selected following their presentation during the 10th PEP general meeting in Cape Town, South Africa (May 2013).

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