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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" support program as they conduct high quality 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 will be selected through a series of open and competitive calls for proposals, launched in 2016 and 2017. Three of these calls have already been launched:

  • 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
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 one of PEP’s annual conferences.

One new feature of the PAGE II initiative is that all members of shortlisted applicant teams will be 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 this course will be invited to move forward in the selection process.

Two members of each finalist research team will then be invited to present their (revised) proposal at the 2017 PEP general meeting. This meeting will feature a 4-5 day advanced PEP School (intensive training workshop) in the specific research methods and tools to be applied in their project and the presentation of all shortlisted proposals, following which hthe final evaluation/selection of grantees will be made.

Upon selection, a PEP resource person is assigned as mentor, to each granted research team, to provide ongoing technical support throughout the research project cycle and ensure high-quality research outputs.

While conducting their research work, the selected project teams will also be provided with customized and ongoing guidance/mentoring in the implementaion of an effective policy engagement and communication strategy, to maximize the chances that the research we support will taken up in policy processes at the local and/or national levels. This includes new and intensive training workshops provided during the PEP annual conferences.

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

It is expected that a total of 50 projects, involving approximately 200 developing country researchers (50% women), will be supported under the PAGE II initiative.

This includes:

  • 20 projects in low-income countries, fragile and/or conflict states (LFCs) - see list of targeted countries
  • 8 experimental research projects - 4 using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and 4 using field experiments
  • 10 projects using community-based monitoring systems (CBMS)
  • 2 institution-led CGE modelling projects


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