2016 PEP Annual Conference

Growth and employment for shared prosperity and social resilience

Manila, Philippines – June 3-8, 2016

The 2016 PEP Annual Conference, which was held in Manila (Philippines) on June 6-10, gathered approximately 120 participants – development researchers and practitioners, eminent scholars, representatives of various donor/international organizations and policy actors – from at least 30 different countries, to discuss a variety of research and policy issues under the broad theme of “Growth and employment for shared prosperity and social resilience”.

This year's meeting was organized by the PEP coordinating team in Asia, of the CBMS Network, and with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID, or UK Aid) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Download the event's concept note/program and the souvenir program here.

Review of research evidence from the PEP-PAGE initiative – June 6-7

This meeting occured in the context of the global PEP research and capacity building initiative for Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment (PAGE) in developing countries, which is supported by UK Aid and Canada’s IDRC.

The PEP annual meeting gave opportunity for the developing country research teams, supported under the PAGE program, to present and discuss their projects' outcomes and findings with peers and experts from around the world. A total of 33 projects, from 24 different countries and exploring various policy issues related to growth and employment, were presented during a series of parallel technical sessions held on June 6-7. The presentations were grouped according to the research methods applied in each project:

  • Community-based monitoring system (CBMS)
  • Macro policy simulations, using CGE modeling tools and techniques (MPIA)
  • Microeconomic analysis and non-experimental impact evaluation (PMMA)
  • Experimental impact evaluations (PIERI)

Training and capacity building

As the core mission of PEP is to enhance capacity of local researchers in developing countries, the PEP annual conferences (as part of the PEP manifold research support program) also comprise an important training component. For instance, in addition to the unique peer-review experience of the technical sessions described above, the researchers have also benefited from personal and customized mentoring by international leading experts, through individual meetings with PEP’s global resource persons with distinguished expertise in selected areas.

Moreover, as the projects presented during the 2016 meeting will be entering dissemination stage shortly after, the participants were provided with a special (one-day) training workshop to learn about skills and best practices for effective policy communication, followed by individual meetings between the grantees and PEP communication specialists to revise the objectives and strategy of their key dissemination activities. These meetings were held as a pre-conference workshop, on June 4-5.

Research-policy dialogue – June 6-8

From policy engagement to research uptake: Lessons for and from developing country researchers

Over the past few years, in addition to supporting high-quality research projects, PEP has dedicated increasing resources to encourage, advise and support its grantees in engaging relevant policy actors and other stakeholders in their home countries. Periodical surveys of the research teams supported under the PAGE initiative, in particular, have yielded a great number of remarkable success stories, in which local independent researchers in developing countries manage to influence key development policy debates at the national level, and even beyond.

Regardless of their outcomes, these stories differ widely between regions, countries and projects, and their compilation suggests that there are key lessons to be learned from the researchers' various experiences, both in terms of best practices and main obstacles to overcome for effective policy engagement. In  the context of  the  2016 Annual Conference, PEP organized  a series of  special events – involving PAGE researchers, development practitioners, donors, policy actors and international experts – to share and learn from these experiences, as well as to identify key lessons that will serve to inform PEP initiatives to help grantees ensure research uptake in the future. Find out more about this specific series of events.

The audience was encouraged to take active part in these discussions, and efforts was also made to produce a “live webcast” to connect the sessions with an external audience online. Finally, the main lessons and recommendations drawn from this dialogue were compiled, published and publicized by PEP for wider impact.

PEP Best Practice Awards

This annual conference also featured a ceremony to present the winners of the 2016 PEP best practices awards.

As the ultimate goal of PEP research support activities is for the yielded evidence and new expertise to inform decisions-making in the beneficiary countries, PEP has created this parallel competition to reward those research teams who, in addition to conducting high-quality research, would most actively engage in the implementation of a successful policy outreach strategy, i.e. to link their PEP research findings to policy action/influence, at the local/national level.

See the description of the three prize winners of the 2016 PEP Practice Awards.

Program of activities


CBMS technical session
and field visit

June 3-5

  • June 3-4: CBMS technical workshop session - Program
  • June 5: CBMS international network field visit in Bataan - Program

    Training and advisory in
    research communications 

    June 4-5

    Mandatory for PAGE grantees with projects supported under the MPIA, PMMA and PIERI groups
    • June 4: Pre-conference training workshop in research communications - Program (forthcoming)
    • June 5: Individual meetings with PEP communication advisors to revise and prepare the projects' dissemination strategy 

    PEP general meeting

    June 6-7

    Presentation of final results by PEP research teams supported under the PAGE initiative.
    The presentations will be grouped according to methodological approach.

    Some links to papers are forthcoming within the MPIA and PMMA programs

    Individual meetings

    June 7 pm

    Individual meetings between PAGE grantees and PEP resource persons

    Follow the links below to download the schedule of individual meetings for:

    PEP policy forum

    June 8

    From policy engagement to research uptake: Lessons for and from developing country researchers

    • Keynote
    • Round table discussion
    • Reflecting on PAGE and 2016 Best Practice Awards
    • Poster session to feature selected PAGE project outputs

    Find out more about this particular event
    Round table structure

    Followed by: 

    • Conference closing dinner

    PEP management meetings

    June 9-10

    • PEP Board meeting (June 9)
    • PEP Program Committee meeting (June 10)

    Contact information



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