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A global organization to build local capacity in
providing contextualized policy solutions

Capacity building      *      Research      *      Policy engagement

The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) is an international non-profit organization that links researchers globally to enhance local capacity for policy analysis in developing countries.

PEP’s unique research support program empowers local experts to achieve the highest international standards of scientific quality, while building productive relationships with decision-makers at home.



What PEP does

Build local capacity for high quality and policy-engaged research
targeting lowest capacity and fragile contexts in particular

Produce new and reliable evidence to provide contextualized policy solutions
for country-specific issues

Promote greater participation, visibility and influence of local expertise
at the national and international levels

Foster research-policy linkages for sustainable impact through
evidence-based policymaking


Scope and impact

Find out more about the outcomes of PEP research and support activities through the following links:

The global scope and "networking" type of PEP's organizational structure provide a unique opportunity for developing country researchers to share and learn from experience with peers around the world. As of 2017, over 14,000 people have subscribed to the PEP website and newsfeed.


A unique approach to capacity building

Since its creation in 2002, PEP has created and perfected a unique research support program that empowers developing country researchers to achieve the highest international standards of scientific quality, while building productive relationships with decision-makers at home.

Following a "learning by doing" approach, PEP's Grant Plus mechanism combines intensive training and mentoring in analytical techniques and policy engagement.

Find out more about the PEP Grant Plus research support program, summarized in the illustration below.


Research tools and themes

PEP researchers can receive training in a variety of analytical perspectives, tools and techniques, through PEP's four global thematic research groups.

Each group is supported by lead experts in the specific research method or approach:

  • Community-based monitoring systems (CBMS)
  • Macro-micro policy modeling (MPIA)
  • Experimental research (PIERI)
  • Microeconomic analysis (PMMA)

These approaches allow PEP researchers to analyze a broad range of policy issues related to poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Examples of themes covered by PEP research:


With the continual support and interaction of world-leading experts and institutions - globally-linked through this venture - PEP has become a hub of expertise, knowledge and innovation in the field of economic and development policy analysis in developing countries. 


M&E and dissemination

PEP has developed a sophisticated web-based system of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to oversee the progress and assess the impact of supported projects. Projects are evaluated through periodic reports and according to three key criteria: research quality, capacity building, and policy outreach.

PEP provides additional grants so researchers can organize or take part in dissemination activities to share their findings and policy recommendations. These contribute to promoting their expertise both nationally and internationally.

As a result, PEP M&E data shows that:

  • 95% of PEP research teams discuss findings in person with policymakers
  • 1 in 2 projects receives national media coverage
  • 1 in 3 projects results in findings taken up to inform policy

Find out more about PEP impact stories


International non-profit organization

In 2014, PEP was legally incorporated as a non-profit international organization, registered in the USA and recognized as an IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, with public charity status under Sec. 509(a)(1) of the US Internal Revenue Service.  As a legally registered and tax-exempt public charity organization, PEP is qualified to receive tax-deductible funds, bequests, gifts and transfers for its non-profit research and capacity building activities. Soon after, it was also granted residence by the Government of Kenya, based on a comprehensive host-country agreement, to establish a new PEP global head office in Nairobi.

In recent years, PEP has also expanded in terms of institutional networking and sources of funding, with a growing list of donors including AusAID, CIDA, DFID (or UK Aid), IADB, IDRC, IFPRI, ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, etc.



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