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Since 2002, PEP has been devoted to building and promoting the capacity of developing country researchers to conduct high quality research around development priority issues, for better-informed policy in their home countries.  PEP-supported research also fosters the development and application of a variety of cutting-edge methodologies and analytical perspectives (find out more).

Over the past decade, PEP has been deputed by an increasing number of national or international institutions to lead special, often large-scale research initiatives aimed at strengthening and/or mobilizing local expertise in developing countries - including low-income countries, fragiles and/or conflict states - in the production of reliable evidence base for policymaking on emerging or priority development policy issues. 

PEP's current main donors are Canada's International Development Research Center (IDRC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID or UK Aid) - supporting PAGE (see above). Other past and current supporters include: AusAID (now Australia's DFAT), CIDA (now Global Affairs Canada), FAO, IADB, IFPRI, ILO, NWO-Wotro, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and World Bank Group.


In 2012, PEP was granted funding by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada to launch a new program to support and building capacities in “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment” (PAGE) in developing countries, between 2013 and 2016. The success of the initiative, which has supported a total of 65 projects in 34 different countries, both in terms of high quality research and policy influence (find out more) has encouraged both donors to renew funding for another series of PAGE competitions, which are currently underway.

Following these links to find out more about: PAGE I (2013-2016) or PAGE II (2016-2020)


Other current and past initiatives


CBMS special initiatives

  Through PEP, the CBMS network (based in the Philippines) has also launched several intiatives to tackle a variety of welfare and development issues - such as gender, impact of shocks, adaptation to climate change, community development, etc. - using "community-based monitoring systems".



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