10th PEP General Meeting in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa - May 2-10, 2013

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The 10th PEP General Meeting will be held at Lagoon Beach Hotel, in Cape Town, South Africa, from May 2 to 10, 2013. The event is organized in collaboration with a local partner institution, the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)

PEP general meetings are international events that gather hundreds of participants – development researchers, practitioners, lead experts and policy stakeholders - from around the world, who travel to learn and share knowledge on the most recent methodologies, concepts and findings in the analysis of policy issues related to poverty, economic and social development.

Strengthening research capacities in developing countries

These meetings are, for instance, the perfect occasion for PEP-affiliated resource persons and international experts to provide hundreds of developing country researchers with intensive training in the use of the most updated analytical tools, concepts and methodological innovations fostered through the network's supported research and initiatives. This year's training workshops will be held from May 2 to 6 (see program below).

Following training sessions, attending researchers are invited to present either new research proposals - or latest reports from their currently funded PEP research project - to fellow researchers and PEP evaluators. This year, all presentations are of new project proposals that were submitted to PEP following a call for proposals launched in September 2012, in the context of the new multi-country research initiative for "Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment (PAGE) co-funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada - both thereby main sponsors of the event.
To all attending participants, and especially developing country researchers, PEP meetings present a unique opportunity in terms of peer-review and international networking experience.

Bridging research to policy

Finally, PEP general meetings also usually feature a one- or two-day policy conference (or plenary sessions), to present and discuss the policy implications of PEP research and analytical approaches. These presentations are thematically focused in accordance with current or emerging development policy issues, and several relevant stakeholders (policymakers, international institution representatives, etc.) are invited to both attend and participate in. 
As they provide an opportunity for international participants of both academic and government affiliations to debate on the issues at hand, these conferences thus contribute to bridging the gap between research and policy when defining options to address poverty issues and promote development in the South.
For information on the previous (9th) PEP general meeting - held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in December 2011 - click here.


Program of activities - 10th PEP General Meeting, South Africa (2013):

See detailed program (still to come)
May 2-6         
Training workshops for members of shortlisted teams


May 7
Optional group tour visit of Cape Town

May 8-9 am
Parallel sessions:Presentation and discussion of applicants' project proposals


May 9 pm
Plenary sessions

Closing Dinner

  • 18:30 - Closing Dinner at GOLD restaurant 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, 8005
    Dinner offered to all PEP delegates. Departure from the hotel at 18h30


May 10

  • 9:00 – 17:00 : CBMS training workshop
  • 8:30 – 15:30 : PEP Board meetings
  • 9:00 – 12:30 : Individual and group meetings between applicant researchers and PEP resource-persons, to discuss research proposals

Special sessions

May 11

  • 9:00 – 12:30 : "Joint Board-Management committee-Donor Consulting Group meeting"
  • 14:00 – 17:30 : "Management Committee meeting"

Conference Venue: Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa
Directory of participants
Group picture (still to come)
Travel Advisory
  • Hotel Accomodation:

          Lagoon Beach Hotel

          Address: Lagoon Gate Drive, Milnerton, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
          Tel: +27 21 528 2000           Fax: +27 21 528 2010
          For reservation and to avail of the special conference rate, please contact the PEP Conference Secretariat.

  • Airport Transfers
    To facilitate airport pick up and drop of arrangements, please provide the conference organizers with your complete travel details not later than April 25, 2013.
  • Airport Transfers

    • Airport shuttle to/from the Hotel will be arranged for the PEP delegates. details will be provided soon.
    • Upon clearing at the immigration and getting your luggage, please proceed to the arrival reception area and look for the Lagoon Beach Hotel representative with the sign board "PEP Meeting".

  • Security
    It is recommended to show vigilance and to respect some elementary rules of security. In Cape Town, do not ever walk from the downtown hotels to the sea front. Greatest vigilance is recommended during ways on foot, even on daytime, in the district of Woodstock where assaults are sometimes noted.

  • Yellow Fever Vaccination (See Prevention of yellow fever in South Africa)
    A certificate of Yellow fever Vaccination is required for travelers from an infected area. This vaccination must have been done 10 days before the entry on the South African territory.
    Here are the countries concerned:


    Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast , Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

    Other parts of the world:

    Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela.

    The website www.joburgdoctor.co.za could be usefully consulted before undertaking a trip in South Africa.

    The update of diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis vaccination is recommended.

Contact Information of Conference Secretariat:
PEP Africa Office
Tel. : 221 33 864 73 98
Fax : 221 33 864 77 58
E-mail: info@pep-net.org



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