21 new project teams selected for support under the 3rd PAGE funding round

102 more developing country researchers to benefit from PEP’s unique research support and capacity building program

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21 new research project proposals - involving 102 researchers, from 17 different countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America - were selected for support under the third funding round of the PAGE initiative.

The new grantees were selected out of those shortlisted applicants of the 3rd PAGE call for proposals, launched in August 2014, who were invited to present and discuss their project proposals with PEP-affiliated international experts during the 2015 PEP Annual Conference held in Kenya, in May 2015 (see left photo).

Since the first PAGE call for proposals launched in 2012, a total of 65 research projects have been selected to receive PEP support under the three fundiung rounds of PAGE initiative. These projects involve a total of 301 researchers in 34 developing countries, including 159 (53%) women. Plus, 29 of these 65 projects are in low-income countries, fragile and/or conflict states (126 researchers).

The PAGE initiative is co-funded by the UK Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The core objectives are to:

  1. Build and promote research capacities in developing countries, with priority given to low-income countries (LICs), fragile and/or conflict states – see the list of targeted countries
  2. Support a series of locally-led research projects for the analysis of country-relevant policy issues, under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment – see the different lists of priority issues identified for PAGE round 1, round 2 and round 3
  3. Enable selected developing country researchers to inform policymaking with reliable evidence in favour of inclusive growth and women’s economic empowerment

Selection of the new PEP-granted research teams

As the first two, the 3rd PAGE call for proposals (launched in 2014) generated quite an encouraging response from 113 applicant teams based in 45 developing countries,  including 35 LFCs.

After the two first rounds of evaluation, PEP’s review and selection process - which includes the provision of detailed comments and suggestions from PEP evaluators (PEP-affiliated international experts) to help all long-listed applicants revise and improve their proposals – resulted in the shortlisting of 22 project teams, who were invited to present their proposals during the 2015 PEP Annual Conference, held in Nairobi,  Kenya, in May 2015. 

A total of 59 applicant researchers – including 29 (50%) women, and 18 (30%) from LFCs – attended the meeting, where they not only benefited from a unique peer-review and international networking experience, but also from intensive training workshops, provided by world-leading experts, in the different analytical approaches, techniques and tools they intend to use in their respective projects.

Following presentation and discussion of these 22 proposals with an audience of peers and international experts during the PEP meeting, 21 research project teams were selected to receive PEP support under this final of PAGE funding.  

See below for the list of the selected projects - and click on the related links to find out more about each project.

The selected research teams involve a total of 102 developing country researchers – including 56 (55%) female and 38 (37%) from LFCs – all of whom will now benefit from the unique career-promoting opportunity that is the PEP “grant plus” support mechanism. The latter comprises not only financial support, but also training, mentoring, technical support, access to resources (software tools and licenses, databases, etc.), international networking (with peers, donors and world-leading experts), professional development and dissemination grants, etc. Find out more about PEP's manifold research support program here: http://www.pep-net.org/about/activities/

Third group of projects selected for support under the PAGE initiative - Round 3        

In the table below, the projects are grouped according to the methodological approach (such as fostered through the PEP toolbox) to be applied for the intended analysis. Click on the related link to find out more about each method.

PAGE Round 3 projects

Project code (link)

Project title


Macro-micro policy simulations – info


Expansion du secteur minier et le développement économique au Burkina Faso : une analyse en EGC dynamique

Burkina Faso


Impact of public education spending on labour market and households’ welfares in Cambodia: A CGE approach



Développement extractif et politiques de dépenses publiques au Niger : une approche en EGC dynamique



Macro- economic impact of MGNREGA in India: An analysis in CGE modeling framework



The effects of minimum wages on the labour market and income distribution in Kenya: A CGE analysis



The major bottlenecks of micro and small scale enterprises’ growth and alternative strategies in Ethiopia: Econometric and CGE analysis



Impacts of agricultural incentive policies on socioeconomic and environmental variables in Guatemala



L’impact des réformes commerciales sur la croissance économique, l’emploi et la pauvreté dans les pays de la CEDEAO : le cas du Sénégal


Microeconomic measurement and analysis – info + experimental impact evaluations – info


The impact of child and youth labor on his/her performance in school



How does the exploitation of natural resources affect income disparities across population groups?



Revisiting the unfinished agenda: Multiple-source borrowings, farm production and the use of fertilizer in rural cambodia



Wage ‘scarring’ when youth unemployment is extremely high: evidence from Macedonia



Minimum wage policies: Wage, employment, and distributional impacts in Ecuador



Non-wage benefits, union ‘facilitation effect’ and labour market outcomes in Ghana



Reduction of child poverty in Serbia: Balancing between improved cash-transfers and policies that pro



Measuring the effects of minimum wage in Bolivia’s dual economy



Poverty, inequality and oil exploitation in Chad



The relationship between intra-household bargaining and program participation in rural India



Barriers limiting access to financial services for micro and small entrepreneurs in Bolivia: A randomized field experiment on institutional ethnic discriminatory practices


Community-based monitoring systems – info


Towards CBMS in Bolivia ("communidad-i")



Enhancing the implementation of the community information system to inform youth employment strategy





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