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PAGE is a global research and capacity-building initiative for Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment.

Through this flagship initiative, PEP has been providing multifaceted and comprehensive support to locally-led projects in developing countries since 2012.

Thanks to funding from the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, the first  PAGE program (2012-2016) was very successful and a second program (2016-2020) is now underway.

In accordance to PEP’s core mission, the PAGE initiative includes an important capacity building component. Through this initiative, PEP allows numerous teams of researchers based in developing countries to benefit from PEP’s unique Grant Plus research support program as they conduct high quality and policy-engaged research projects.

Since 2013, 124 projects in 47 developing countries have been supported by PEP through this program; 110 of these projects are completed (PAGE I and PAGE II-Rounds 1 and 2), 14 are ongoing (PAGE II - Round 3). 560 researchers have been or are being trained, including 311 women (56%), and nearly half (49%) are based in low-income economies or fragile/conflict situations. 

The success of the program, in terms of both scientific quality and policy impact, is demonstrated by the statistics below (based on the 110 completed projects - 476 researchers), and the many impact stories (reported here).

Impact of PAGE


See also the synthesis brief

PAGE I (2012-2016)

Research teams were selected on a highly competitive basis, through a series of open calls for proposals that were launched annually: in 2012, 2013 and 2014. While the calls were open to teams from all developing countries, priority was given to those from low-income economies, fragile and/or conflict states (LFCs).

PEP selected 65 projects in 34 countries from more than 400 proposals submitted under the three PAGE calls. Of the 274 researchers supported, over half were women and almost half were based in LFCs. 

Under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment, a list of priority issues was identified as especially relevant to address specific knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base for each of the annual PAGE calls for proposals. A number of common themes emerged from the research teams’ perspectives following the evaluation of their countries’ priority issues, these are summarized in the following articles:

More about the first PAGE program

PAGE II-Rounds 1&2 (2016-2020)

As of August 2018, 45 projects, in 33 different countries, have been selected for support under the PAGE II program, including 21 projects led in low-income economies and fragile/conflict situations. PEP selected the new grant recipients from over 500 applications received in response to a series of calls for proposals that were launched in 2016 and 2017. 

For the second PAGE program, five priority themes (all under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment) were identified as especially relevant in addressing knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base. These themes, listed below, have been identified by international experts in the field of development economics

  • Youth employment; supply and demand side constraints and related policy options 
  • Gender and women’s economic empowerment 
  • Entrepreneurship and financial inclusion
  • Productive employment in rural farm and non-farm sectors; increasing labour productivity and reducing factor market imperfections
  • Sectoral composition and patterns of economic growth; implications for job-creation, employment and poverty reduction 

More about the second PAGE program (Rounds 1&2)

PAGE II-Round 3 (2019-2021)

In 2019, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada awarded extension funding to PEP for a third round of projects.

This new round of support (PAGE II-Round 3) will see 14 mixed government-research teams conduct gender-sensitive, policy-oriented research projects in Africa (particularly West Africa). The research projects relate to the themes of:

  • Entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, and
  • Productive employment in rural farm and non-farm sectors.

Find out more about PAGE II-Round 3.

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