New Year's Message from PEP's leadership team

January, 2019

PEP's Chair of the Board, Mustapha Nabli, and Executive Director, Prof. Jane Mariara, reflect on 2018 achievements and look forward to the opportunities 2019 will bring for PEP and PEP researchers.

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2018 was a year that significantly raised PEP’s profile as a source of both internationally high-quality research for policy and capacity building expertise.

Researchers and policy actors around the world consulted PEP publications on an unprecedented scale.

International peer-reviewed journals also recognized the value of PEP research, publishing (or accepting for publication) the research of 13 PEP project teams, including six from low-income economies. Ten of the papers were published in well - or highly-regarded journals**.  

In September, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation awarded PEP funding of $1.33M (US) over three years for activities to strengthen impact evaluation capacities in East and West Africa. Coordinated by PEP’s Experimental Research (PIERI) group, PEP will provide support for both  local researchers conducting impact evaluations (IEs) and government officials interested in conducting IEs. 

PEP continued to support developing country researchers (beyond those currently undertaking a PEP project) through the PEP online training courses. From January to March, 142 researchers from across the globe participated in the courses that, together, form a graduate microprogram certified by Université Laval in Canada. 

In July, PEP selected 13 new Research Fellows to join the seven selected in 2017. The Fellows participate in all aspects of PEP activities as part of PEP’s efforts to promote the greater participation of local researchers in national and international development policy debates.

The PAGE II initiative remained the core focus of PEP activities in 2018, providing a range of online and in-person support and capacity building opportunities for the 45 research teams (202 researchers) selected under the two rounds of funding. In 2018, 16 new projects were selected to receive support under the second round, while a first cohort of 16 projects (selected in 2017) have now completed their research and begun to publish findings. The first dissemination activities also began in November with a national policy conference in Uruguay.

The 2018 PEP Annual Conference was held inIndia in June, bringing together 63 PAGE II project team members (from both rounds) to present their research results or proposals. The event also featured a high-level policy forum on “women, children and climate change”.


Word from the Board and Management 

PEP's Chair of the Board, Mustapha Nabli, and Executive Director, Prof. Jane Mariara, look back on the achievements of 2018 and look forward to the opportunities 2019 will bring for PEP and PEP researchers.

This year PEP has been working diligently to provide essential support for our researchers, promote evidence-informed decision making, and build capacity for policy analysis in developing countries. 

2018 represented a new step for PEP in supporting high quality research and capacity development for sustainable development policies when the Hewlett Foundation awarded funding for a program to strengthen impact evaluation capacities in East and West Africa. A base of better-trained and policy-engaged researchers, combined with increased government enthusiasm for impact evaluations, should lead to better quality public policies for development in the target countries.

On behalf of my fellow Board members, I thank PEP, its management, staff, partners and donors for their continued commitment to fulfilling our mission. I also thank the large number of PEP researchers in developing countries who, despite facing many and varied challenges, go further to both provide an evidence base of the highest quality and bring that evidence to strategic stakeholders and decision makers.

Together we are making a difference and a positive contribution to building a better worldI look forward to seeing that what we will achieve in 2019 is even better.

Dr. Mustapha K. Nabli
Chair of the Board of Directors

I am pleased and proud to say that 2018 has been a very successful year for PEP. We have been working closely with our stakeholders for a more vibrant PEP and we are seeing the results. Multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals have raised our profile and we are now seen as international experts in capacity building for evidence-informed decision making. Both which we will continue to develop and build upon in 2019.

I take this opportunity to wish our donors, the PEP Board, management and staff, including those from partner and collaborating institutions, resource persons, researchers and all other stakeholders a very productive and collaborative 2019.

Prof. Jane Mariara
Executive Director

* From the PEP website. PEP working papers are also distributed via the SSRN PEP Working Paper Series
** Based on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) system

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