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2020 PEP Annual Conference 

September 22 - October 16, 2020 | Online

PEP conferences bring together 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 PEP-PAGE initiative (PAGE II-Round 3) with support from the Canadian government through the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Additional funding is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Global Affairs Canada under the Impact Evaluation Mentoring for Governments and Climate Change in Africa initiatives, respectively.

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 for all participating researchers. As this year’s event will be taking place online, all members of the project teams will be able to attend and benefit from PEP training and peer-review.

Members of 14 research teams, from 8 African countries, supported under the PEP PAGE II program (Round 3) will be invited to present their research results, policy papers, and project outcomes for discussion with peers and international experts.

The team members will also benefit from a workshop to review best practices in communication for evidence-informed policymaking, as well as to discuss strategies and tools for the effective dissemination of findings in their respective countries.


Policy conference: Coproduction of Development Research
Experience from PEP-supported projects

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 October 16, is "Coproduction of Development Research", and the objective is to identify the conditions under which research funders can support and ensure the success of collaborative research initiatives between local experts and government institutions in developing countries. See below

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 published and publicized by PEP for wider impact, as they were for previous PEP Policy Forums.



Program of activities

All sessions start at 12 p.m. UTC

Instructions for participants  |  Instructions aux participants

22, 23, 24

Communication for Evidence-informed Policy Briefing Workshop - English

  • Three sessions of 90 minutes each
  • Mandatory for all English-speaking members of project teams (PAGE II-Round 3)
  • See detailed program

29, 30

October 1

Communication du conseil scientifique aux décideurs - français

  • Trois séances de 90 minutes (chacune)
  • Obligatoire pour tous les membres francophones des équipes de projet (PAGE II-Round 3)
  • Consulter le programme
5, 6, 7, 8

Presentation of policy papers* / Présentation des « policy papers »*

  • Four sessions of up to two hours each
  • Program (subject to change)
12, 13, 14, 15

Presentation and discussion of final research reports* / Présentation des « final research reports »*

  • Four sessions of up to three hours each / Quatre sessions de trois heures (maximum) chacune
  • Draft program PMMA / MPIA (subject to change)
October 16

Policy conference on Co-production of development research: Experience from PEP-supported projects*

See below


    Aissatou M. Diop, Grant Administrator

    Marjorie Alain, Director of Communications 

    * With simultaneous interpretation (English/French) / Avec interprétariat simultané (français/anglais)

    2020 Policy Conference

    Coproduction of development research: Experience from PEP-supported projects

    October 16, 2020 | UTC 12 - 3 p.m.

    Research coproduction is a collaborative research model: researchers work in partnership with the knowledge users who identify a problem and have the authority or ability to implement the research recommendations.  

    When researchers have a better understanding of the users’ contexts and needs, the relevance of their findings improves. At the same time, the collaboration improves the users’ understanding of the research process and increases their appreciation for how and when the research can be applied.

    Yet even when working towards the same purpose, scientists and policymakers can have very different perspectives on the issues and how to address them. Tensions between the different interests involved can arise throughout coproduced research processes. 

    In 2019, PEP officially adopted the approach of research co-production. Two subsequent calls for proposals from mixed government-research teams have led to 20 ongoing co-production projects in 13 sub-Saharan African countries - find them here.

    The 2020 PEP Policy Conference will bring together members of this first cohort of PEP research co-producers to discuss their experience. During the event, panellists and participants will aim to identify ways to ensure the success of collaborative research initiatives between local experts and government institutions in developing countries, looking in particular at the challenges faced and the conditions required.  

    Download the full Concept Note

    Program (TBC)

    All times UTC

    12 p.m.

    Welcome remarks and official opening 

    12:15 p.m. 

    Keynote presentation 

    Followed by a 15-minute break

    1:15 p.m.

    Panel discussion

    Panelist presentations (30 min)

    Moderated discussions amongst panelists and keynote speaker (20 min)

    Interactive session (10 min)

    Open Q&A with the audience (15 min)

    2:30 p.m.

    Key takeaways
    2:40 p.m. Concluding remarks from PEP leaders 



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