2017 PEP Annual Conference

Nairobi, Kenya – June 8-14, 2017


The 2017 PEP Annual Conference and General Meetings was held in Nairobi (Kenya) from June 8 to 14, 2017. PEP conferences are international events that gather hundreds of participants, including development researchers, practitioners, leading experts and policy stakeholders from around the world, to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities related to development research, policy analysis and advisory work.

With support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID, or UK Aid) and the Canadian government through the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this year's conference featured intensive training workshops, presentations of new project proposals, and high-level conference panels.

Download the 2017 PEP Annual Conference souvenir programme.

Strengthening research capacities in developing countries

Following this year's meeting, the projects and research teams to be supported under the first funding round of PEP’s new PAGE II program will be selected after being presented by applicants and discussed with peers and international experts from around the world (June 12-13).

From June 8 to 11, PEP-affiliated resource persons and international experts also provided attending developing country researchers with intensive training workshops in:

  • Best practices for policy outreach and communication, to maximize chances of research uptake
  • The application of cutting-edge research methods and analytical tools, including innovations fostered through the experience of PEP supported research and initiatives,
  • Best practices in writing of scientific papers, to increase quality and chances of publication

To all attending participants, and especially developing country researchers, PEP meetings represent a unique opportunity in terms of peer-review and international networking experience.

Bridging research to policy

PEP conferences also feature a one-day policy conference (or series of plenary sessions), to present and discuss the policy implications of PEP research and analytical approaches. These presentations are thematically focused in accordance with current or emerging development policy issues, and several relevant stakeholders (policymakers, international institution representatives, etc.) are invited to both attend and participate. 

This year's research and policy forums, held on June 14, covered two major themes:

  • Evidence-based policy options to promoting youth and female entrepreneurship - keynote and policy forum
  • Gender analysis in economic policy research" - high-level expert discussion

Find out more on the 2017 Policy Forum web page or through the concept note and program

Providing an opportunity for international academic and governmental participants to debate the issues at hand, these conferences help to bridge the gap between research and policy in addressing poverty issues and promoting development. The objective is to produce, collectively, a set of specific recommendations for the general improvement of the research-policy action agenda.

The main lessons and recommendations drawn from these dialogues are systematically compiled, published and publicized by PEP and its partners for wider impact. Follow this link for information about the previous PEP Policy Forum, held in Manila in June 2016. 

Program of activities

Download the detailed programme of the 2017 PEP Annual Conference

June 8

Policy engagement workshop

  • One-day workshop to review best practices for policy outreach, to maximize chances of research uptake - download presentation
  • For all representatives of shortlisted PAGE II applicant research teams

June 9-11

Technical training workshops

  • A series of parallel, intensive (2.5-day) training workshops in the application of cutting-edge research methods and analytical tools of development research
  • For representatives of shortlisted PAGE II applicant research teams, grouped according to method
June 11 a.m.

Scientific writing workshop

  • Half-day workshop to review best practices in writing scientific papers and articles, to increase quality and chances of publication - download presentation
  • For all representatives of shortlisted PAGE II applicant research teams

June 12-13

Presentation and discussion of new PAGE II proposals in parallel group sessions, according to methodology applied in research.

June 13 p.m.  

Individual meetings between PAGE II applicants and PEP resource persons for discussion and final evaluation of shortlisted proposals.
June 14

Research and policy forums

  • 9:00: Evidence-based policy options to promote youth and female entrepreneurship - Keynote and policy forum.
  • 14:30: Gender analysis in economic policy research

Concept and program   

Dr. Abdoulaye Seck: Youth and Female Entrepreneurship     
Dr. James Heintz: Incorporating a Gender Perspective into Economic Research
Dr. Dileni Gunewardena: Gender Analysis in Policy Research
Dr. Caroline Kabiru: Integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches to enhance gender analysis

  Board, management and staff meetings


Aissatou M. Diop, Grant Administrator 

Eunice Kariuki, Executive Assistant

General information for participants

Conference Venue

Sankara Nairobi
Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 420 8000
Email: connect@sankara.com
Website: www.sankara.com

Travel Information

Download the 2017 PEP Annual Conference Travel Advisory

  • Airport transfers
    To facilitate airport pick up and drop of arrangements, please provide the conference organizers
    with your complete travel details no later than June 1, 2017.
  • Visa requirements
    • To enter Kenya you must have: 
      • A passport with at least two blank pages and that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival
      • A visa
    • Single-entry visas are available upon arrival at Kenyan airports for 50 USD.
    • Participants coming from Senegal and Cameroon can receive a visa upon their arrival in Nairobi but need visa clearance prior to arrival. 
      • PEP kindly requests that participants from these two countries send a copy of their passports (including the cover and first two pages) and a duly completed and signed Form 22: Application for Kenya Visa to Aissatou Diop by May 25, 2017 at the latest.
        • Form 22: Application for Kenya Visa can be downloaded from the resources page of the Kenyan Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons website.
    • Participants coming from Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia must have an entry visa before commencing their travel to Nairobi.
    • Participants traveling from Canada and Canadian citizens are advised to process their visa from Canada.
    • More information about visa requirements can be found on the Kenyan Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons website.
  • Vaccination:
    • IMPORTANT: All delegates must be vaccinated and hold a Yellow Fever vaccination card.

Download the Visa Informataion summary

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