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2019 PEP Annual Conference

Cape Town, South Africa | May 29 - June 3, 2019

PEP conferences are international events that gather development researchers, practitioners, leading experts and policy stakeholders from around the world, to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities related to economic policy analysis and advisory work.

This year's conference is organized as part of the second phase of the PEP-PAGE initiative with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID, or UK Aid) and the Canadian government through the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

The event will also be hosted in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, and with additional funding from the Hewlett Foundation.

Find out more about previous PEP conferences.


Building capacity for policy research in developing countries
Scientific peer-review sessions and training

PEP meetings represent a unique opportunity in terms of peer-review and international networking experience for all participants, especially developing country researchers.

A total of 29 research teams from 24 developing countries, supported under both rounds of the PEP PAGE II program, will be invited to present their research results and project outcomes for discussion with peers and international experts.

All attending researchers will also benefit from a one-day workshop to review best practices in research communications, as well as to discuss strategies and tools for the effective dissemination of findings in their respective countries.


Policy conference: "Evidence use in policymaking"
How to integrate policy evaluation into policy design

PEP conferences also feature a one-day policy conference (or series of plenary sessions), to present and discuss the policy implications of PEP research and analytical approaches. These events are thematically focused on current or emerging development policy issues.

The theme of this year's policy forum, to be held on June 1, is "Evidence use in policymaking", and the objective is to help developing country researchers implement strategies to promote and facilitate the use of evaluation and research-based evidence in policy design in their home countries.

Providing an opportunity for international academic and governmental participants to debate the issues at hand, these conferences help bridge the gap between research and policy to address poverty issues and promote development.

The main lessons and recommendations drawn from these dialogues will be systematically compiled, published and publicized by PEP and its partners for wider impact, as they were for previous PEP Policy Forums



Program of activities

May 29

Research communication workshop

  • One-day workshop to review best practices for communicating research findings and maximizing chances of research uptake
  • Mandatory for all attending representatives of PAGE II research teams

May 30-31

Presentations and discussions of results from projects supported under the PAGE II program

  • In parallel group sessions, according to methodology applied in research
  • Draft programs with links to papers and presentations (forthcoming): MPIA, PMMA, PIERI, CBMS
May 31 p.m.

Individual meetings with PEP mentors (MPIA, PMMA, PIERI groups)

June 1

Policy conference on Evidence use in policymaking (see description and program)

June 2-3 Board, management and staff meetings


Aissatou M. Diop, Grant Administrator

Marjorie Alain, Director of Communications 



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