23 new project teams selected for support under the PAGE initiative’s first round of funding

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

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The 23 new granted project teams are from 18 different countries - including 14 from low-income countries (LICs).

They involve a total of 105 developing country researchers - 51% female and 56% from LICs.

They were selected out of the finalists who had been invited to present their proposals at the 10th PEP general meeting in South Africa (left).

In September 2012, PEP launched a first call for proposals to be granted support under its new program initiative called PAGE, “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment”.
The PAGE program is co-funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The initiative aims to:

  • 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
  • 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 list of priority issues
  • 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

The first (2012) PAGE call for proposals generated quite an encouraging response from 169 applicant research teams based in 52 different countries, including 77 (46%) proposals from 22 different LICs, fragile or conflict states.

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 27 project teams, who were invited to present their proposals at the 10th PEP general meeting in Cape Town, South Africa (May 2-10, 2013). 

A total of 42 researchers (applicant teams from LICs were allowed 2 representatives) – including 29 from LICs - 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 27 proposals with an audience of peers and international experts during the PEP meeting, 23 research project teams have been selected, to date, to receive PEP support under the first round of PAGE funding.14 of these projects and teams are in LICs, fragile and/or conflict states

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

The selected research teams involve a total of 105 developing country researchers – including 54 (51%) female and 59 (56%) from LICs – all of whom will now benefit from the unique career-promoting opportunity that is the PEP “grant plus” support mechanism.



This mechanism comprises not only financial support, but also training, mentoring, technical support, access to resources (software tools and licences, databases, etc.), international networking (with peers, donors and world-leading experts), professional development and dissemination grants, etc. Find out more about PEP's manifold support program here: Overview of PEP activities and support for developing country researchers

First group of projects selected for support under the PAGE initiative - Round 1

Over the next few months, PEP will publish a series of articles and videos describing each of the following projects seperately.
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.
 

Project code (link)

Project title

Country

LIC1

Nb of researchers (female)

Macro-micro policy simulations  -  info

MPIA-12394

Assessing the Impact of China’s Economic and Trade Expansion on Poverty in Burkina Faso (French)

Burkina Faso

Yes

6 (3)

MPIA-12499

Employment Intensity of Non-Agricultural Growth: the case of Burundi

Burundi

Yes

4 (2)

MPIA-12387

Impacts of Macroeconomic Policies on Growth, Employment and Poverty:  A CGE analysis for Cambodia

Cambodia

Yes

5 (2)

MPIA-12424

China’s Growth; an Opportunity for the Economy of the Central African Republic? (French)

Central African Republic

Yes

4 (2)

MPIA-12453

Impact of Oil and Mining Sectors’ Boom on Labour Market and Economic Development in Niger (French)

Niger

Yes

4 (2)

Impact evaluations using randomized controlled trials (RCTs)  -  info

PIERI-12375

The Impacts of Vocational Training Programs on the Duration of Youth Unemployment in Mongolia

Mongolia

 

5 (3)

PIERI-12506

Randomized Evaluation of an Unconditional Cash Transfer Scheme for the Elderly in Ekiti State, Nigeria

Nigeria

 

5 (4)

PIERI-12511

Generating Youth Employment in the Ready Made Garments Sector in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Yes

4 (2)

PIERI-12515

Enhancing Productive Firm Assets: A RCT on an Innovative Savings-Loan Product for Female Entrepreneur

Ghana

 

4 (2)

Microeconomicmeasurement and analysis  -  info

PMMA-12366

School Choice and Youth Entrepreneurship in Chad

Chad

Yes

6 (3)

PMMA-12367

Social Protection to the Informal Sector: The Role of Minimum Wage and Income Transfer Policies

Argentina

 

6 (3)

PMMA-12379

Labour Migration in Cambodia: Causes and Impact on Poverty, Inequality, and Productivity

Cambodia

Yes

4 (2)

PMMA-12384

Is There Discrimination against Women Entrepreneurs in Formal Credit Markets in Nigeria?

Nigeria

 

4 (2)

PMMA-12400

Risk Tolerance, Gender, and Entrepreneurship: The case of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

Occupied Palestinian Territory

Yes

4 (2)

PMMA-12415

Youth Self-employment in Households Receiving Remittances in Macedonia

Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Rep. of

 

5 (3)

PMMA-12488

Internal Mobility and Youth Entrepreneurship in Democratic Republic of Congo(French)

Congo, the Democratic Rep. of

Yes

4 (2)

PMMA-12517

Access to Credit and Women Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Yes

3 (2)

Community-based monitoring systems  -  info

CBMS-12531

Institutionalizing Local Level Poverty Monitoring System (LLPMS)

Bangladesh

Yes

6(3)

CBMS-12546

Toward a Community Based Monitoring System

for Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Bolivia

 

5(2)

CBMS-12559

Developing a System of Communal Statistics in Two Municipalities of Haiti (French)

Haiti

Yes

4(2)

CBMS-12553

Measuring the Impact of Economic Programs in Niger through a Mechanism of Poverty Monitoring at the Community Level (French)

Niger

Yes

3(2)

CBMS-12548

CBMS Development Initiative to Reap the Demographic Dividend in the Helm of 18th Amendment in Pakistan

Pakistan

 

4(2)

CBMS-12558

Monitoring System of the Living Conditions of Households in a Local Community (Community-Based Monitoring System)

Senegal

 

6(2)

  1. See the list of countries identified as LICs, fragile and/or conflict states

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