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The PEP manifold support program
Indeed, the provision of PEP grants addresses the lack of funding for research in developing countries, which all too often leads the best and brightest local researchers to move to developed countries. However, solving the funding issue is not always enough to convince local experts to pursue their research activities in/from their home country, and it is in this regard that PEP innovates in the support it provides.
Indeed, a comprehensive scientific support strategy ensures that local researchers in all regions of the developing world have access to advanced training, as well as continued mentoring provided by PEP-affiliated international experts. The organisational structure of PEP also provides its members with a unique networking experience, enabling them to interact with peers all around the world (North and South) to remedy the lack of research infrastructure in their home countries. PEP also makes available all the documentation and software necessary for the researchers to achieve the best possible analysis.
Researchers interested in benefiting from PEP support are invited to apply during one of PEP's recurrent calls for proposals, which are usually launched in the context of a PEP collaboration with specific donor institutions.
Below is the description of the current PEP research initiative for which further new candidates may apply in 2013 and 2014:
New pep initiative – co-funded by the IDRC and UK aid
To build and promote research capacities in developing countries
Through PEP’s unique and manifold support program
Including research grants, scientific and technical assistance, training and mentoring by international experts, resources and international exposure
Based on a “learning by doing” approach
Applying new knowledge and techniques in the conduct of rigorous policy analysis
For up to 75 research teams based in developing countries
Selected through competitive calls for proposals - with priority given to low-income countries, fragile and conflict states
For the analysis of specific and country-relevant policy issues
Under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment, the research agenda of the selected projects will be defined according to a list of priority issues identified by an international policy group as especially relevant to address specific knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base in developing countries.
For the first call, the identified priority issues are:
· Providing social protection to the informal sector
· Youth employment and entrepreneurship
· Employment intensity of non-agricultural growth
· China’s growth: opportunities and challenges for developing countries
· Entrepreneurial risk tolerance by gender
· Discrimination in credit access for women at the SME level
(find a detailed description for each of the above-listed themes, HERE)
From a variety of analytical perspectives
PEP specializes and provides training in a variety of cutting-edge methodologies, tools and techniques of economic development research, such as:
· Community-based monitoring systems (CBMS)
· Macro-micro policy simulations (MPIA)
· Impact evaluations, including randomized controlled trials (PIERI)
· Microeconomic measurement and analysis (PMMA)
For the first (of three) PAGE call for proposals - launched in September 2012 - PEP received 151 proposals from 52 different countries, out of which 28 projects will be selected for support beginning in May 2013.
Two more calls for proposals will be launched in September 2013 and 2014