17 new project teams selected for support under the 2nd PAGE funding round

72 developing country researchers to benefit from PEP’s unique research support and capacity building program

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17 new research project teams - from 14 different countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America - were selected in the context of the 2nd call for proposals of the PAGE initiative.

The new grantees (total of 72 local researchers) were selected out of those shortlisted teams invited to present and discuss their project proposals with PEP-affiliated international experts during the during the 2014 PEP Annual Conference held in Bolivia, in May 2014 (see left photo).

In September 2012, PEP launched a first call for proposals to be granted support under its new program initiative called PAGE, “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment”.  Following several rounds of evaluation, a total of 25 research projects/teams were selected for support under the first round of PAGE funding (find out more).

A second call was launched in October 2013, out of which 17 project teams have been selected so far (some projects are still under evaluation) for support under the 2nd PAGE funding round.

The PAGE initiative is co-funded by the UK Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The core objectives are to:

  • Build and promote research capacities in developing countries, with priority given to low-income countries (LICs), fragile and/or conflict states – see the list of targeted countries
  • Support a series of locally-led research projects for the analysis of country-relevant policy issues, under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment – see the different lists of priority issues identified for PAGE round 1, round 2 and round 3
  • Enable selected developing country researchers to inform policymaking with reliable evidence in favour of inclusive growth and women’s economic empowerment

Selection of the new PEP-granted research teams

As the first one, the 2nd PAGE call for proposals (launched in 2013) generated quite an encouraging response from 144 applicant teams based in 48 developing countries,  including 18 LFCs.

After the two first rounds of evaluation, PEP’s review and selection process - which includes the provision of detailed comments and suggestions from PEP evaluators (PEP-affiliated international experts) to help all long-listed applicants revise and improve their proposals – resulted in the shortlisting of 24 project teams, who were invited to present their proposals during the 2014 PEP Annual Conference, held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra,  Bolivia, in May 2014. 

A total of 26 applicant researchers – including 9 (35%) women, and 8 (31%) from LFCs – attended the meeting, where they not only benefited from a unique peer-review and international networking experience, but also from intensive training workshops, provided by world-leading experts, in the different analytical approaches, techniques and tools they intend to use in their respective projects.

Following presentation and discussion of these 24 proposals with an audience of peers and international experts during the PEP meeting, 17 research project teams have been selected, to date, to receive PEP support under the second round of PAGE funding.  

See below for the list of the selected projects - and click on the related links to find out more about each project.

The selected research teams involve a total of 72 developing country researchers – including 54 (51%) female and 59 (56%) from LICs – all of whom will now benefit from the unique career-promoting opportunity that is the PEP “grant plus” support mechanism.

This mechanism comprises not only financial support, but also training, mentoring, technical support, access to resources (software tools and licences, databases, etc.), international networking (with peers, donors and world-leading experts), professional development and dissemination grants, etc. Find out more about PEP's manifold research support program here: http://www.pep-net.org/about/activities/

Second group of projects selected for support under the PAGE initiative - Round 2

In the table below, the projects are grouped according to the methodological approach (such as fostered through the PEP toolbox) to be applied for the intended analysis. Click on the related link to find out more about each method.

Project code
Project title Country

PAGE-2 projects

  Macro-micro policy simulations - info
MPIA-12659   Socioeconomic analysis of informal employment in Cameroon (French) Cameroon
MPIA-12598   Trade liberalisation and employment effects in Indian manufacturing: an empirical assessment India
MPIA-12617   Macroeconomic implications of female entrepreneurs facing financial frictions to access credit Cameroon
MPIA-12618   Dutch disease, informality, and employment intensity in Colombia Colombia
MPIA-12595   A static CGE model of the Mongolian economy Mongolia
   Microeconomic measurement and analysis (info) + non-experimental impact evaluations (info)
PMMA-12660   Land tenure policy and women’s off-farm employment in rural China China
PMMA-12668   Spill-overs from self-employment opportunities in rural Niger Niger
PMMA-12673   Employment intensity of non-farm growth: the case of Vietnam Vietnam
PMMA-12680   Migration, remittances, labor market and human capital in Senegal Senegal
PMMA-12699   Mismatch unemployment: the case of Macedonia – with special reference to young adults Macedonia
PMMA-12594   Migration and remittances in Kyrgyzstan: Impact on poverty, household expenditure and youth and
  women employment
PMMA-12583   A propensity-score matching evaluation of the social impacts of micro-financing on municipalities
  and households in Bolivia
PMMA-12579   Voucher system for social protection of the socially vulnerable remittance receivers in Macedonia Macedonia
PMMA-12576   Female entrepreneurship, access to credit, and firms' productivity in Senegal Senegal
PMMA-12704   The impact of a rural microcredit and financial inclusion schemes targeting women on household
  vulnerability and economic empowerment: evidence from South West Nigeria
  Community-based monitoring systems (info)
CBMS-12658   Challenges and prospects of entrepreneurship and job creation for youth employment in two federal
  administered cities of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa).
CBMS-12695   Willingness of the Togolese informal sector workers to pay for access to social protection; The case
  study of the CNSS social protection



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