The 8th PEP General Meeting was held in Dakar, Senegal, from June 12th to 18th 2010. The event, hosted and organized by PEP Africa, was a big success. More than 200 researchers and guests from around the world gathered to benefit from advanced training workshops, present their research proposals and/or final reports for evaluation and work with invited international experts and resource persons. The meeting was, once again, a great opportunity for PEP researchers to share views, make contacts and learn from each others’ experience.
PEP researchers presented their unique local perspective on the impacts of the global crisis.
The event featured a one-day international policy conference, held on June 15th, to present and debate the results of recent PEP research initiatives on the impacts of the global financial crisis in developing countries.
The first session was devoted to the CBMS initiative “Monitoring and Mitigating the Impacts on Poverty of the Global Financial and Economic Crisis”. Three CBMS research team leaders presented the results of the surveys they had conducted in selected communities of Kenya, Tanzania and the Philippines, to monitor the evolution of poverty indicators at the local and household levels. These presentations gave an overview of the general outcomes of this global monitoring exercise, to which 15 countries from 3 different continents have participated.
The other main session featured presentations on the outcomes of the two other PEP multi-country initiatives led by PEP research teams to “Analyze the Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis and Appropriate Policy Responses for Recovery” through micro-macro simulations. The first project included 3 Asian countries (the Philippines, Bangladesh and Pakistan), 4 Latin American countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay) and 2 African countries (Senegal and South Africa). Funding for this project was provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The second project was a UNICEF-commissioned study on the “Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis on Children in West and Central Africa” covering Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Ghana.
In all cases, the presentations highlighted crucial policy recommendations to mitigate the negative impacts of the crisis on the poor and most vulnerable populations. Representatives from several of the world’s leading international development organizations – such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank (ADB), the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNICEF, the international development agencies of France (AFD), Ireland (IrishAid) and Germany (GTZ), to name a few - attended the conference.
These international experts came to seek the unique local perspective of PEP researchers regarding the challenges faced by the poor in such critical times. The results and recommendations were discussed in a closing session.
Venue: Pullman Dakar Teranga Hotel
Workshops (June 12-14)
Policy Conference - After the Crisis: Measuring the Impacts and Charting the Way Forward (June 15)
8th PEP General Meeting (June 16-18)
Visit to the Goree Island (June 19) Program
VISA informations (updated April, 14 2010)
Directory of Participants - CBMS Directory of Participants