Join us on June 4 to discuss how Global South researchers can and should participate in development policy debates, as well as the obstacles they face and possible remedies.

Over the past 12 months, we have seen how really understanding local needs is essential when responding to a problem and even more critical in a crisis. 

For citizens of the Global South, the vast majority of research about their respective situations is produced by scientists and institutions in the Global North.

National and regional governments and organizations rely overwhelmingly on foreign expertise to inform their policy decisions. And global development policy debates are dominated by multilateral organizations headquartered in North America and Europe (World Bank, IMF, UNDP, etc.). 

Because they understand the local social, political and economic context, in-country experts are best-placed to inform more sustainable, inclusive and effective policy choices. They are also able to respond much more quickly when new development challenges emerge. 

In 2020, we invited the PEP Research Fellows to study the participation of Southern researchers in economic development policy debates. The Fellows will present and discuss the results of the study at the 2021 PEP Policy Conference. 

This is a public event, free to attend.
It will take place from 12 noon to 3 p.m. UTC. Look out for information on how to register.

The 2021 PEP Policy Conference is organised as part of the 2021 PEP Annual Conference, held online from May 18 to June 4.

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