Spotlight on PEP researchers in Asia and Latin America

PEP researchers invited to present their PEP-supported research work and findings regarding the impact of the global financial crisis to policy audiences during high-level regional meetings

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  PEP researchers in Asia and Latin America have been in the spotlight this year, after presenting findings ensued from PEP-supported research work at high-level regional policy meetings.

The projects that were presented were all conducted in the context of the PEP multi-country initiative to assess the impacts of the global financial crisis in developing countries.


Islamabad, Pakistan. September 11-13, 2012


Dr Vaqar Ahmed, who had conducted an analysis of the impacts of the global financial crisis in Pakistan, presented his findings to a high-level policy audience during a special panel of the 5th South Asian Economic Summit (SAES-V), held by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI, the oldest civil society think tank in Pakistan and where Dr Ahmed is now Head of Economic Growth Unit) in Islamabad, on September 11-13, 2012.

  The 5th SAES organized around the theme of "Making Growth Inclusive and Sustainable in South Asia" (see conference program), gathered around 150 participants, including 45 foreign dignitaries from SAARC member countries (on the left, Hina Rabbani Khar, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Speaking in the Closing Ceremony of Summit).

Each year, these summits bring together leading academics, practitioners of public policy, members of the business community and related stakeholders to discuss a regional approach to issues of mutual concern and also to learn from home grown solutions to common predicaments that can be replicated elsewhere in South Asia.

Dr Ahmed's specific panel was entitled "Post Economic Crisis Outlook of South Asia: Moving Towards Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development" and his presentation based on the findings from his PEP project, supported in the context of a special PEP multi-country initiative for "Assessing the Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis and Appropriate Policy Responses in Developing Countries".You can dowload his full presentation in PowerPoint format HERE or click on the image to the right to view his interview with SDTV.  

Guayaquil, Ecuador. April 19-20, 2012


  Earlier this year, Dr Sara Wong (from Ecuador), along with other PEP researchers - Ricardo Arguello (Colombia) Carmen Estrades (Uruguay), Carlos Machicado (Bolivia), all at the speakers' table on the left - were invited to present their work and findings during a special panel of the "4th Regional Meeting on Economic Analysis of Public Policies with CGE Models". (See conference program)

The event was organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in collaboration with the ESPAE Graduate School of Management of the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL, where Dr Wong is also professor), in order to establish a dialogue among modeling researchers and policymakers in the region.

The research work and findings presented by these PEP researchers were all ensued from projects they had conducted with PEP support, in the context of the same PEP multi-country initiative to "Assess the Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis on Poverty and Appropriate Policy Responses in Developing Countries", as mentioned above for the South Asian conference. All of the country studies conducted in this initiative were based on the use of CGE modelling and microsimulation techniques.

  • for more information regarding this particular approach of PEP research, click HERE
  • find more general information regarding this global crisis initiative of PEP through this Special Report

Dr Sara Wong was interviewed by national media regarding the specific policy findings and recommendations ensued from her PEP study on the crisis, in Ecuador - see clip below (IN SPANISH):

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