2021 PEP Annual Conference
May 18 - June 4, 2021 | Online
PEP conferences bring together development researchers, practitioners, leading experts and policy stakeholders from around the world, to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities related to economic policy analysis and advisory work.
This year's conference is organized as part of three research initatives:
- Impact Evaluation Mentoring for Governments supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- COVID-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) supported by the International Development Research Centre
- Climate change in Africa: Impacts and responses for women and girls supported by Global Affairs Canada
Find out more about previous PEP conferences.
Building capacity for policy research in developing countries
May 18 - June 3, 2021
PEP meetings represent a unique opportunity for all participants to discuss new and ongoing research projects and findings on emerging development issues with researchers and experts from around the world. As this year’s event will be taking place online, all members of the project teams will be able to attend and benefit from PEP training and peer-review.
Members of 15 research teams from 14 developing countries, supported under the Impact Evaluation Mentoring and CORE initiatives, will present their research results and project outcomes for discussion with peers and international experts.
Members of teams shortlisted for PEP support under the Climate Change in Africa initiative will present their project proposals for peer-review and discussion.
Attendees will also benefit from training in policy engagement, policy communication and climate change policy analysis, depending on their program (see below).
Policy conference: Southern participation
in economic development policy debates
June 4, 2021
PEP conferences also feature a one-day policy conference to present and discuss the policy implications of PEP research and analytical approaches.
These events are thematically focused on current or emerging development policy issues, and PEP publishes the main lessons drawn from the dialogues for wider impact - see previous PEP Policy Forums.
The theme of this year's policy forum, to be held on June 4, is: "Southern participation in economic development policy debates". The objective is to determine the nature and scope of Southern researchers' participation in economic development policy debates, the obstacles they face and possible remedies. See below
Program of activities
All sessions start at 12 noon UTC
Discussing research projects and findings
Aissatou M. Diop, Grant Administrator
Marjorie Alain, Director of Communications
2021 PEP Policy Conference
June 4 - Power in proximity: For greater participation of local researchers in
When researchers from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) participate in economic development policy discussions—locally, regionally, or globally—they can bring a deeper understanding of the social, political and economic context of their countries, compared to outside experts.
More inclusive policy debates lead to more effective policy choices and more sustainable development outcomes that better respond to local needs.
A long-standing problem
Experts from higher-income countries have historically taken leadership roles in many, if not most, global, regional, and even national development policy debates focusing on LMICs.
The old argument that local research capacity is lacking is increasingly weak. LMIC researchers have significantly increased their capacity in a broad range of policy areas with support from local universities, studies abroad and capacity-strengthening organizations such as PEP.
Local contributions remain limited
There is little empirical evidence to rigorously measure how LMIC researchers are participating in policy debates. However, analysis of leading academic journals and conferences shows clear evidence that the contributions of LMIC researchers to economic development research are very limited and stagnating.
Is this true also for their participation in global, regional and national policy debates? Are in-country researchers systematically involved in the design and evaluation of development policies? If not, how could their participation and leadership be enhanced?
An international dialogue
On June 4, 2021, the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) will host international dialogue on what can be done to increase local researchers’ leadership in development policy debates.
June 4, 2021
12-3 p.m. UTC
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About the organisers
The 2021 PEP Policy Conference is organised in collaboration with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS, Sri Lanka), Southern Voice, and the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care (CEBHC, Stellenbosch University)
It is held as part of the 2021 PEP Annual Conference, held online from May 18 to June 4. The 2021 PEP Conference is supported by the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Global Affairs Canada and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.