PEP well-represented at UNU-WIDER Development Conference

September 11-13, 2019 | Bangkok, Thailand

Seven PEP researchers participated in the 2019 UNU-WIDER Development Conference on “Transforming economies - for better jobs”

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Seven PEP researchers participated in the 2019 UNU-WIDER Development Conference on “Transforming economies - for better jobs” held September 11-13, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. 

The conference brought together around 300 researchers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss evidence-based policy recommendations for the “creation of productive jobs for both men and women as essential preconditions for the achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on decent work and gender equality”.

Four researchers were from PEP teams that have recently completed or are coming to the end of microeconomic analysis projects, supported under the first and second rounds of the PAGE II initiative. They presented their findings and policy messages during parallel and poster sessions. 

Fidele Dedehouanou from Benin and Blagica Petreski from Macedonia were two of the four presenters at a parallel session on Youth Employment. Dr Dedehouanou discussed Working while studying: employment premium or penalty for youth in Benin? Mrs Petreski presented an Analysis of youth underemployment in Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia (pictured right).

“The PEP papers were very strong, particularly on methodology and context. I was really proud of what we achieved through our PEP projects,”said Mrs Petreski. 

Synthia Santana from Brazil chaired a session on Women’s Work. During this session she also shared insights for public policies on Diversity to foster innovation: using the lens of microdata in Brazil, based on her team’s PEP project findings. She received useful feedback on the research paper and policy recommendations. The opportunity also led Dr Santana to make strategic contacts with people who are interested in reading the team’s full research paper.

Kamalbek Karymshakov represented a PEP team from Kyrgyzstan who’s project on Employment vulnerability impact on earnings and subjective well-being in a developing country context: evidence from Kyrgyzstan was one of 36 accepted for the poster session (pictured right). 

Additionally, two PEP researchers with ongoing projects, Abdul Malik Iddrisu from Ghana and Phyllis Machio from Kenya,presented other research work during parallel sessions on financial inclusion and women’s work, respectively. 

PEP Research Fellow Nisha Arunatilake attended the conference as a presenter and discussant during the Women’s Work in South Asia, and Growth and Employment in South Asia sessions, respectively (pictured right).

Speaking to Mrs Petreski at the conference, the Director of UNU-WIDER, Professor Kunal Sen, expressed his respect for PEP’s work and particularly the networking opportunities that PEP provides for developing country researchers.

Pictures by UNU-WIDER (from top): Blagica Petreski, Kamalbek Karymshakov, Nisha Arunatilake

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