PEP researcher Dr Damilola Olajide, from Nigeria, was invited by the Harvard University School of Public Health to present and discuss the findings from his PEP-supported experimental field project at the World Demographic & Ageing Forum (WDA Forum) in Boston, on April 13-14, 2015.
Dr Olajide and his team of local researchers were selected for support under the first round of the PAGE initiative to conduct a "randomized evaluation of an unconditional cash transfer scheme for the elderly in Ekiti State, Nigeria" - as the project leader and team representative, Olajide was invited to present and discuss the initial paper ensued from this experiment at the WDA Forum.
Of the 10 papers selected for presentation at the Forum, this is the only paper from Africa. The competitive selection testifies to both the relevance and high quality of the research work conducted by this project team, with the support of PEP resource person Maria Laura Alzua. The revised paper will also be published in the upcoming special issue of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing.
Around 40 specialists from around the world came together at the WDA Forum organized by Harvard School of Public Health, Stanford University and others to discuss the challenges faced by ageing and shrinking societies. The conference discussed, among other issues, the challenges in maintaining a workforce large enough to supply the desired goods and services needed in a given country using an interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach for analysis of the issues.
The same project team was also awarded the second prize of the 2014 PEP Best Practice Awards for their outstanding effort in linking research work and findings with policy action at the local/national level.