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Overview of PEP activities and support program

Capacity building  -  Research & policy analysis  -  Policy outreach & promotion of local expertise

Capacity building

Building local research capacities in developing countries

With the continued support of world-renowned experts in development economics, PEP has become a unique source of expertise in building local capacities for economic and policy analysis in developing countries

Indeed, PEP relies on a unique and efficient mechanism of manifold support, that it has developed over the years, to help Southern-based researchers overcome the usual lack of resources and impediments to the conduct of state-of-the-art research within their home countries..

PEP "Grant Plus" mechanism

The core activity of PEP is its open and competitive call for proposals, which has funded most PEP-supported projects to date – 225 of 242 projects, selected out of more than 2900 submitted proposals.

PEP support provides developing country researchers with:

… resources

In addition to funding, PEP provides a variety of resources to ensure that researchers carry out their analysis in the best possible research environment: recommended readings, updated training material, software tools, online journals and international databases, etc. Find out more..


… mentoring

Following approval and provision of a PEP research grant, one of PEP-affiliated resource persons is assigned as a “mentor” to the research team, in order to provide ongoing and direct assistance throughout project execution. Mentored “learning by doing” is key to PEP’s capacity building strategy.

PEP-supported researchers receive in-depth training in methodologies, concepts and techniques relevant to their particular project.  Training may be provided in the context of PEP general meetings, PEP schools or directly through interaction with PEP resource persons (mentoring). PEP also provides training material for self-teaching, which is made available for public access on the PEP website.


… study visits

PEP-funded researchers may apply for additional funding to finance a 3-to-4-week international study visit with resource persons at the institution of their choice. These visits provide longer periods of direct communication and assistance to solve particularly complex issues, as well as first-rate access to computer and documentary facilities.


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