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PEP Offices in Africa

Dakar Office

PEP Africa office in Dakar (Senegal) has been created in 2005. It is hosted by the Consortium for Economic and Social Research (CRES).
The PEP Africa Office administers 70% of research projects for the MPIA, PMMA, and PIERI programs. It manages core research grant disbursements as well as the logistics and funding for study visits, participation in international conferences and national conferences, publication of working papers, and organization of PEP General Meetings in Africa and many other special initiatives.
General inquiries - Main administrative office
Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (CRES)
Rue 10 polongee Cite Iba Ndiaye Diadji Numéros 1et 2
Pyrotechnie Dakar, Sénégal C.P 12023, B.P 7988
Dakar, Sénégal
Tél : 221 33 864 73 98
Fax : 221 33 864 77 58
E-mail :

Nairobi Office

A new PEP office was also established in Nairobi, Kenya, through a partnership agreement with a local hosting institution, the African insect science for food and health (ICIPE), where the new PEP Director operates from.  PEP has initiated the process of establishing a global head office in Nairobi, Kenya.

PEP Head Office- Global secretariat
African insect science for food and health (ICIPE)
PO Box: 30772-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

As a hub of expertise, knowledge and innovation in the field of economic and development policy analysis in developing countries, PEP research in Africa contributes to the continent’s development strategy and priorities. The core mission of PEP is to provide training and support for developing country researchers to produce reliable scientific evidence and inform relevant policy debates.

Since its creation in 2002, PEP has contributed to building the scientific expertise of more than 600 local experts in 54 different countries in the developing world, by supporting nearly 200 research projects related to a variety of poverty and socioeconomic issues. 90 of these projects were conducted in Africa, involving more than 330 researchers and local analysts based in 24 different countries.

Leveraging partnerships

The program-level priorities of PEP activities in the region are defined by the developmental aspirations and objectives of African countries themselves; these priorities are strongly aligned with and contribute to the strategic objectives of leading African institutions, including the African Union Commission, AU-NEPAD, African Development Bank, UN-Economic Commission for Africa and other regional and sub-regional organizations.

Addressing a broad range of challenges

PEP’s unique and manifold research support program is in particular the result of its “Grant Plus” mechanism, which in addition to research funding, resources and various technical tools, offers training and ongoing scientific support – mentoring – and enables young African researchers to conduct rigorous and high quality analysis in their scientific projects. The 90 projects supported by PEP in Africa between 2002 and 2013 addressed a great variety of thematic and specific local issues that contributes to the continent’s development strategy and priorities for meeting the MDGs.

Thanks to PEP’s support in Africa, more than 70 research papers on crucial issues have also been published, 55 policy briefs systematically shared with decision makers - as well as 20 journal articles published in scientific reviews.

Building and promoting African based expertise


Researchers funded by PEP benefit from a unique mentoring program, including ongoing distance training, as well as a 3-4 week study visit in the institution of their choice. Since 2002, the PEP program has helped more than 40 African researchers to conduct such visits in various prestigious institutions around the world.

Intensive training programs

The PEP Schools are intensive programs that offer advanced and accelerated training in the most updated concepts and methodologies of development economics. The courses – offered either in English or French – are tailored for researchers, practitioners and/or students who wish to conduct rigorous scientific analysis on issues related to poverty, development and economic policies.

Since 2008, a dozen PEP schools have been held in seven different African countries.

For more information on past and current editions of PEP Schools in Africa, please consult PEP Schools PAGE

Linking research evidence with action through…

Policy dialogue, engagement and influence

In recent years, many cases have been reported where the results and recommendations of the projects subsidized by PEP were used to influence policy formulation at the national level. Indeed, PEP dedicates significant resources to support its researchers in their consultation strategy towards policy makers, as well as in the implementation of targeted and effective dissemination strategies.Here are some examples of PEP supported projects in African countries that are reported to have influenced policies.

For more information on policy impact stories in Africa, please consult PEP Impact Stories

Contributing to policy making and implementation in Africa

 International conferences

In recognition of the quality of their work, African researchers supported by PEP are regularly invited to present their research results at many prestigious international conferences, both academic and/or policy oriented. According to recent surveys (2013), 67% of PEP projects are presented in such events.PEP and its partners have organized a number of international conferences in the Africa region. Since 2002, 7 international conferences have been organized in Africa in collaboration with international and regional development partners.The most recent example is the international conference on Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa (YESSA), which was held in Dakar (Senegal), in January 2014, and co-organized by the PEP Africa Office and the International DevelopmentResearch Center (IDRC) of Canada. The objective of this particular, and very successful, event was to provide a platform for reflection and experience sharing, in order to assess knowledge gaps, and revisit current practices and strategies for youth employment in Africa. The conference brought together national, regional and multilateral policy actors, African researchers and think tanks, as well as key relevant stakeholders.

For more information on the YESSA Conference, please consult Report on YESSA Conference

National conferences

To encourage the dissemination of research results and their influence on policies, PEP also provides financial and logistical support to researchers for the organization of national political conferences, which aim to directly transmit their recommendations to an audience of policy makers and other interested parties. These events often receive wide media coverage, which also ensures the dissemination of the results to the general public. To date (2014), nearly 20 national conferences have been organized by PEP in Africa.Supporting partners and promoting policies for African developmentIn recent years, a growing number of donors and international institutions have used the expertise of PEP to lead or collaborate in research initiatives or local capacity building for the analysis of socio-economic issues in Africa.


PEP Africa- Dakar coordinating team

Abdoulaye Diagne
Director, CRES
PEP Africa


Aissatou Diop
Senior Administrator
PEP Africa


Awa Diop
PEP Africa


Céleste Diouf




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