The "Consortium pour la Recherche Économique et Sociale" (CRES) in Dakar, Senegal, has taken the lead in establishing this initiative in Africa in collaboration with other African institutions. In October 2010 CRES is launching the third year of PEP school on the theme of Modeling the micro impacts of macroeconomic policies and shocks.
The PEP school offers training programs on techniques and tools for the analysis of poverty and economic policy. It includes distance learning, training workshop and technical support components. Training is offered on poverty monitoring, measurement and analysis, and on modelling the impacts of macroeconomic policies and shocks. PEP school is an annual 3-month training program organized by the PEP network in partnership with southern institutions. Scientific expertise is provided by PEP resource persons. The training aims to:
- Enhance local capacity in monitoring, measuring and analyzing poverty;
- Improve the understanding of the poverty impacts of macroeconomic policy and shocks through training in the theoretical foundations and empirical implementation of their analysis;
- Contribute to the design of effective national growth and poverty reduction strategies.