PEP researchers present their work and findings at GDN Annual Conference in Manila

ADB Headquarters (Manila, Philippines) - June 19-21, 2013

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A group of PEP researchers from China, Pakistan and the Philippines were invited to present their PEP-supported research work at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Global Development Network (GDN), held  in Manila (Philippines), from June 19 to 22.

The 14th GDN Annual Conference on ‘Inequality, Social Protection, and Inclusive Growth’ was being held at the headquarters of the Asian Development Banks (ADB) in Manila (Philippines), and organized in partnership with the ADB, the East Asian Development Network (EADN) and The Philippines Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

The three PEP researchers who were invited to participate and present their work (see below) had all been involved - as junior members of their respective research teams - in a PEP special initiative, funded by AusAID, and which aimed to assess the distributive impacts of public infrastructure investments in different countries of Asia.

Investing in public infrastructure; an effective inclusive growth strategy?

The PEP session at the GDN Conference, held on the afternoon of June 19 (find it in the detailed conference program, on page 19), was entitled "Investing in Public Infrastructure: An Effective Inclusive Growth Strategy?", and chaired by PEP's main coordinator in Asia and CBMS network leader, Celia Reyes.

The presentations were featured as follows:

A week earlier (June 12-14), the same projects and research findings were presented at the 16th Annual GTAP Conference in Shanghai, China - where the Philippines project was, however, presented by Angelo Taningco, and the PEP session chaired by Erwin Corong (two other team members of the Philippine project). Find out more..

Appreciation of the presenters' response to the discussants' comments and questions was highly positive, and the expertise of the young PEP researchers was acknowledged amidst the audience of both events. 

Communicating findings to inform policy

Each of the country projects' findings have been communicated, either through direct consultation or conference presentations, to inform both national and international policy debates, particularly on the role of public infrastructure in economic growth and povery reduction.

On recent example is the invitation of two members of the Philippine project team, by the Director-General of the Philippines' National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to present their findings during an official meeting of the NEDA Management Committee. And such consultations have also occurred for the two project teams (Pakistan and China). 

Find out more about each of the project teams' initiatives/activities in terms of consultation and policy outreach, and related outcomes, through this report:PEP-AusAID Growth initiative - Policy outreach

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