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Building on the success of its Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment (PAGE) program (2012-2015), PEP has been granted funding by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada in 2016 to launch a new program supporting high quality research, capacity development, and policy engagement for growth and employment in developing countries: PAGE II.

To build and promote research capacities in developing countries

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

One particular feature of PAGE II is that, although proposals are welcome from all developing countries, priority is given to researchers from and based in low-income countries (LICs), fragile and/or conflict states - see list of targeted countries. At least 40% of projects supported by PEP through the PAGE II program will be led by teams of researchers from these countries.

Call for proposals

Research teams to be supported under PAGE II are selected through a series of open and competitive calls for proposals, launched in 2016 and 2017.

  • April 2016: call for expressions of interest for projects of experimental research - now closed
  • July 2016: call for proposals of non-experimental research projects - now closed
  • July 2016: call for expressions of interest for institutional-led projects using CGE modelling - now closed
  • July 2017: call for proposals of field experiments, macro-micro policy simulations, and microeconomic analysis - now closed
Selection process and training

All PEP-PAGE projects are carefully selected after a thorough review process involving several rounds of evaluation and leading to the presentation/discussion of shortlisted proposals to an audience of peers and PEP-affiliated international experts during a PEP conference.

One new feature of the PAGE II initiative is that all members of shortlisted applicant teams are invited to participate in a distance (online) training course in the specific research methods/tools to be applied in their project. Only those who successfully complete these courses are then invited to present their project proposal at one of the PEP Annual Conferences.

The 2017 PEP Annual Conference for example, the first to be held in the context of PAGE II, featured a series of intensive training workshops - in research methods,  policy engagement and scientific writing - for those shortlisted applicants, who were then invited to present and discuss their project proposals, for final evaluation and selection by PEP scientific committees.

In 2017, 29 projects have been selected for support under the 1st round of PAGE II funding - find the list of these 29 projects here.

For the analysis of specific and country-relevant policy issues

For this first PAGE II call for proposals, five priority themes (all under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment) have been 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 - description  /  readings
  • Gender and women’s economic empowerment - description  /  readings
  • Entrepreneurship and financial inclusion - description  /  readings
  • Productive employment in rural farm and non-farm sectors; increasing labour productivity and reducing factor market imperfections - description  /  readings
  • Sectoral composition and patterns of economic growth; implications for job-creation, employment and poverty reduction - description  /  readings

Click on the links next to each of the above-listed priority themes to download a detailed description of the theme (including examples of methodological approaches) and the associated list of recommended readings.

From a variety of methodological approaches

Building on fourteen years of experience and the knowledge of a large pool of world-renowned experts in the field, PEP offers unique expertise in the application of cutting-edge methodologies and analytical techniques in economics and development research in the specific context of developing countries.

Beyond the geographic scope of its activities, another peerless feature of PEP is the breadth of analytical perspectives, tools and techniques that researchers can choose to apply and be trained in. Some of these tools - which are acknowledged worldwide as state of the art in the field of applied development research – have emerged directly from PEP research.  They are based on extensive experience in the analysis of policy issues related to poverty and economic development in the specific context of developing countries.

The PEP research support program spans four distinct thematic research groups (TRGs), each focused on a different set of methodological approaches. Each group involves experts from around the world who are assigned as mentors to the research project teams upon the teams' selection. 

Find out more about the four PEP TRGs through the following links:


PAGE II projects

As of September 2017, a total of 29 projects have been selected for support under the first round of the PAGE II initiative, including:

  • 15 projects in low-income economies and/or fragile/conflict-affected situations - see list of targeted countries
  • 11 projects led by female team leaders
  • 4 experimental research projects - using randomized controlled trials (RCTs)
  • 8 projects using community-based monitoring systems (CBMS)
  • 1 institutionalization project

These projets involve a total of 143 researchers, including 83 women and 77 in LIE/FS.
Find the list of PAGE II (Round 1) projects here.


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