The 2014 PEP annual conference and general meetings was held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, from April 30 to May 7, 2014. This year's conference gathered more than 120 participants to discuss a variety of research and policy issues under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment in developing countries.
The event was hosted and organized in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD - Instituto de Estudios Avanzados en Desarrollo), based in Bolivia, with financial support from the UK Department for International Development (UK Aid) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Attendance included development researchers and practitioners, eminent scholars, representatives of various donor/international organizations, private sector and policy makers/stakeholders.
Find out more about the outcomes of this conference.
This year’s conference occurred at the heart of the current PEP research and capacity building program initiative for “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment” (PAGE) in developing countries, co-funded by UK Aid and IDRC. In the context of this initiative, PEP is supporting a series of policy research projects led by local research teams in developing countries (with priority given to low-income countries, fragile and/or conflict states), selected through an open and competitive call for proposals.
The "PEP general meetings" were held on May 5-6 (see program below) and allowed for participating researchers to present and discuss, in person, the policy and scientific aspects of their (ongoing) research projects or (contending) proposals with peers and experts from all around the world.
Preceding the meetings, PEP took advantage of the participation of developing country researchers to provide them with a series of intensive training workshops (April 30 - May 3) in a variety of cutting-edge methodologies and tools to be applied in selected research areas.
To all participants, PEP conferences present a unique opportunity for global networking, international peer-reviewing and capacity building. Such experience also contribute to enhancing the researchers' capacity to communicate research results to policy makers and stakeholders at the national level.
Following the general meetings, a policy forum was held on May 7, on the specific theme of "Fostering entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and poverty reduction". In this special event, PEP brought together a variety of stakeholders with different perspectives and engaged in various initiatives involving the promotion of entrepreneurship as a strategy for poverty reduction and inclusive growth. This dialogue was the occasion to reflect and draw some important lessons through sharing of experience, evidence, policy and practice.
Hosted by a facilitator, the 2014 Policy Forum featured a series of panels, involving several distinguished speakers - including researchers, practitioners, donors, policymakers and representatives of the private sector - who were invited to discuss a variety of key thematic issues. Each session was followed by comments/questions from the floor and discussion between the panelists and the audience.
Finally, the main lessons and recommendations drawn from this dialogue were compiled and published - find them here - and then disseminated by PEP and its partners for wider impact.
This forum was organized in collaboration with the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (MIF-IDB), and also benefited from the support of various donors and partners, such as CAF - development bank of Latin America - and the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD).
And with the collaboration of:
To find out more about the outcomes of this conference and its multiple components (related events) - click here.
Apr 30-May 3
City Tour of Santa Cruz- Program
PEP general meeting
CBMS policy conference
Presentation of CBMS Bolivia to Governor and local officials of Department of Sta. Cruz - Program
PEP policy forum
Individual and management meetings
Directory of participants (forthcoming)