When researchers from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) participate in economic development policy discussions—locally, regionally, or globally—they can bring a deeper understanding of the social, political and economic context of their countries, compared to outside experts.
More inclusive policy debates lead to more effective policy choices and more sustainable development outcomes that better respond to local needs.
A long-standing problem
Experts from higher-income countries have historically taken leadership roles in many, if not most, global, regional, and even national development policy debates focusing on LMICs.
The old argument that local research capacity is lacking is increasingly weak. LMIC researchers have significantly increased their capacity in a broad range of policy areas with support from local universities, studies abroad and capacity-strengthening organizations such as PEP.
Local contributions remain limited
There is little empirical evidence to rigorously measure how LMIC researchers are participating in policy debates. However, analysis of leading academic journals and conferences shows clear evidence that the contributions of LMIC researchers to economic development research are very limited and stagnating.
Is this true also for their participation in global, regional and national policy debates? Are in-country researchers systematically involved in the design and evaluation of development policies? If not, how could their participation and leadership be enhanced?
An international dialogue
On June 4, 2021, the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) will host international dialogue on what can be done to increase local researchers’ leadership in development policy debates.
June 4, 2021
12-3 p.m. UTC
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About the organisers
The 2021 PEP Policy Conference is organised in collaboration with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS, Sri Lanka), Southern Voice, and the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care (CEBHC, Stellenbosch University)
It is held as part of the 2021 PEP Annual Conference, held online from May 18 to June 4. The 2021 PEP Conference is supported by the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Global Affairs Canada and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.