PEP-PAGE video series

This is the first item of the "PEP video-news series", created to present each of the projects selected for support under the new PEP research and capacity building initiative for Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment (PAGE) in developing countries. The PAGE program is co-funded by UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and Canada's International Development Research Center (IDRC).

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Out of the 23 projects selected (in June 2013) to receive support under the first round of PAGE funding, 14 are in low-income countries, fragile and/or conflict states.
This is one of these projects:


and economic development in Niger

This project is conducted by a French-speaking research team, and presented (with subtitles) by two of its members in the enclosed video.

Research team

  • Ms. Saadatou SANGARE ALKASSOUM
    Analytical and Prospective Unit for Development, Government of Niger
  • Mr. Hamadou DAOUDA YOUSSOUFOU
    University of Tahoua, Niger
  • Mr. Mamane BOUKARI
    University of Tahoua, Niger
  • Ms. Fatima Osseini FALALOU
    Ministry for Regional and Community Planning, Government of Niger

Objective and method

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This study coincides with the beginning of a resource boom in Niger, making it possible to test the effectiveness of government policies in terms of employment and investment in education, defined as priorities in the context of the National Economic and Social Development Strategy.

The research team will conduct a series of macro policy simulations, using a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model of the Niger economy (find out more about the method), to derive the impacts of prospective increases in public expenditures, financed by revenues from the oil and mining sector. In particular, the researchers aim to explore structural changes that may occur in the labour market, following investments and policy measures (especially those related to education) implemented in this context.   

 

Research questions:

  • Which groups/types of workers will be affected the most (skilled/low-skilled, rural/urban)?
  • What will be the impact of these education policy measures on employment in other sectors?

Policy engagement

  • Ministry of Planning, Land and Community Development - with the Permanent Secretary in charge of the National Social and Economic Development Plan
  • National Observatory for Sustainable Human Development
  • National Institute of Statistics
  • National Association of Orgnizations for Transparency and Budget Analysis

All have shown keen interest in the expected outcomes, and assured both their support in the conduct of the study, as well as for the dissemination of the findings.

Recent updates reported by the project team


Since the selection of the project for PEP support,more consultations have taken place between theresearch team and the Secretary of the National Social and Economic Development Plan. The latter validated the project's objectives in relation to the promotion of employmentat the national level.

The team has also met with representatives from a few civil society organizations, who have also expressed keen interest in the expected findings, and provided key data/information regarding the mining/oil industries.

More updates to come..

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Project links and documents

Find out more about this project - its analytical approach and outcomes - through the following links/documents:

 

PEP project MPIA-12453 (web link)

 

Project proposal (Word doc)

 

Interim research report (Word doc)

 

Final research report

 

Working paper

 

Policy brief

 

Slide presentation

 

                            

 

 

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