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 
  • Participants will be sent the meeting links directly, shortly before the first session
12, 13, 14, 15

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

  • Results from current PEP projects
  • Four sessions of up to three hours each / Quatre sessions de trois heures (maximum) chacune
  • Program PMMA / MPIA with links to papers
  • Participants will be sent the meeting links directly, shortly before the first session
October 16

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

  • Register (required for attendance)
  • Free event, open to the public

See below


    Aissatou M. Diop, Grant Administrator 

    Marjorie Alain, Director of Communications

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


    Research coproduction is a collaborative research model: researchers work in partnership with the knowledge users who have the authority or ability to use the findings to inform decisions.

    PEP supports coproduced research projects involving local experts and government institutions. We believe that when researchers have a better understanding of the users’ contexts and needs, the relevance of their findings improves. At the same time, this collaboration helps policy actors to better understand the research process and how the evidence can and should be used to inform decisions.

    However, such collaborations are not without challenges, scientists and policymakers often have different interests, and different perspectives on the issues.

    On October 16, PEP will host a discussion involving researchers and government representatives who have experience of coproduced research, and who will share their views on how to ensure the success of this kind of collaboration.  

    Attendance is free but registration is required. Download the detailed Concept Note.

    We also streamed the event live - watch again via the PEP Facebook page:

    How do development partners view research coproduction?



    All times UTC

    12 p.m.

    Welcome remarks and official opening 

    12:15 p.m. 

    Keynote presentation (30 min)

    • Anita Kothari, Ass. Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University, Canada
    • David Roger Walugembe, PhD Candidate, Health information science, Western University, Canada

    Q&A with the audience (15 min)

    Followed by a 15-minute break

    1:15 p.m.

    Panel discussion

    • Moderator: Matodzi Amisi, Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Security Studies, South Africa

    Interactive session with the audience (10 min)

    Panelist presentations (30 min)

    Q&A moderated discussion and open Q&A amongst panelists, keynote speakers and the audience (30 min)

    2:30 p.m.

    Key takeaways
    2:40 p.m.

    Concluding remarks from PEP leaders 

    Presentation of 2020 PEP Best Practice Award winners

    Funded by