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2014 PEP Annual Conference: 

"Inclusive Growth and Employment for Poverty Reduction"

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. April 30 - May 8, 2014.


The 2014 PEP annual conference and general meetings was held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, from April 30 to May 7, 2014. This year's conference gathered more than 120 participants to discuss a variety of research and policy issues under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment in developing countries.


The event was hosted and organized in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD - Instituto de Estudios Avanzados en Desarrollo), based in Bolivia, with financial support from the UK Department for International Development (UK Aid) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Attendance included development researchers and practitioners, eminent scholars, representatives of various donor/international organizations, private sector and policy makers/stakeholders. 
See detailed conference concept note.
Find out more about the outcomes of this conference.

Context : Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment

Review of research evidence and methods

This year’s conference occurred at the heart of the current PEP research and capacity building program initiative for “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment” (PAGE) in developing countries, co-funded by UK Aid and IDRC. In the context of this initiative, PEP is supporting a series of policy research projects led by local research teams in developing countries (with priority given to low-income countries, fragile and/or conflict states), selected through an open and competitive call for proposals. 
The "PEP general meetings" were held on May 5-6 (see program below) and allowed for participating researchers to present and discuss, in person, the policy and scientific aspects of their (ongoing) research projects or (contending) proposals with peers and experts from all around the world.

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Preceding the meetings, PEP took advantage of the participation of developing country researchers to provide them with a series of intensive training workshops (April 30 - May 3) in a variety of cutting-edge methodologies and tools to be applied in selected research areas.

To all participants, PEP conferences present a unique opportunity for global networking, international peer-reviewing and capacity building. Such experience also contribute to enhancing the researchers' capacity to communicate research results to policy makers and stakeholders at the national level.

Policy Forum

Fostering entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and poverty reduction

Following the general meetings, a policy forum was held on May 7, on the specific theme of "Fostering entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and poverty reduction". In this special event, PEP brought together a variety of stakeholders with different perspectives and engaged in various initiatives involving the promotion of entrepreneurship as a strategy for poverty reduction and inclusive growth. This dialogue was the occasion to reflect and draw some important lessons through sharing of experience, evidence, policy and practice.

Hosted by a facilitator, the 2014 Policy Forum featured a series of panels, involving several distinguished speakers - including researchers, practitioners, donors, policymakers and representatives of the private sector - who were invited to discuss a variety of key thematic issues. Each session was followed by comments/questions from the floor and discussion between the panelists and the audience. 

Finally, the main lessons and recommendations drawn from this dialogue were compiled and published - find them here - and then disseminated by PEP and its partners for wider impact.

This forum was organized in collaboration with the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (MIF-IDB), and also benefited from the support of various donors and partners, such as CAF - development bank of Latin America - and the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD).

Co-organized with:

And with the collaboration of:


To find out more about the outcomes of this conference and its multiple components (related events) - click here.


PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES - 2014 PEP Annual Conference, Bolivia

Pre-conference training

Apr 30-May 3

For PAGE program grantees and applicants

  • Micro-econometric techniques (and impact evaluations) - Program

  • Macro-micro policy simulations - Program

  • Community-based monitoring systems (May 2, 5-6) – Program

  • Research communication and policy outreach strategy (May 2, PM - 17:15-19:00)


    field visit

    May 2-4

Presentation of CBMS Bolivia to local authorities of Municipality of Concepcion - Program  | Article

    City tour

    May 4

    City Tour of Santa Cruz- Program

    PEP general meeting

    May 5-6

    Presentation and discussion of draft final reports from first round (PAGE) research projects and shortlisted proposals from the second round.
    The presentations will be grouped around broad research program areas.


     CBMS policy      conference

           May 6
    Presentation of CBMS Bolivia to Governor and local officials of Department of Sta. Cruz - Program

    PEP policy forum

    May 7

    Policy forum: "Fostering entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and poverty reduction" - Program

    • Official opening - special guest from the Government of Bolivia

    • Keynote presentation

    • Panel 1: What we know - Current knowledge of best practice based on experience and research

    • Panel 2: Defining a more focused and effective research-policy action agenda


    Individual and management meetings

    May 8-9

    • Individual meetings between PAGE grantees/applicants and PEP resource persons (May 8)

    • PEP Board and Program Committee meetings (May8)

    • 2nd PEP Management Committee meeting (May 9)

    Contact information


    Conference venue:

                Hotel Cortez
    Av. Cristóbal de Mendoza N° 280
    Santa Cruz de la Sierra

    Directory of participants (forthcoming)

    Travel Advisory
    • Hotel Accomodation:
    • Airport Transfers
      To facilitate airport pick up and drop of arrangements, please provide the conference organizers
      with your complete travel details no later than April 20, 2014




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