About PEP

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In-country development challenges require locally-devised solutions

At PEP, we believe that evidence produced from an in-country perspective, by empowered and engaged local researchers, results in:

  • better policy choices,

  • more sustainable development outcomes,

  • more inclusive policy debates.

A world in which every country has the local evidence and expertise it needs to make decisions about its own future

To promote Southern-driven development where policy decisions are informed by high-quality, locally-generated evidence

To achieve this, we:

  • Support the work of local researchers in developing countries, while strengthening their capacity and promoting their findings worldwide.

  • Facilitate engagement and collaborative working between researchers and policymakers at the national level.

  • Bring together researchers from across the globe, creating a space for learning, knowledge-sharing and discussion.

What we do and how we do it

We produce and promote high-quality local research

Through our unique Grant Plus program, we support the work of local researchers, generating new and reliable evidence on a variety of development issues.

We promote their findings through our global platform and publication series, and help share their work in prestigious journals and conferences.

We build bridges between research and policy

We facilitate collaboration between local researchers and stakeholders to produce contextualized, policy-relevant evidence. We foster best practices in policy engagement and communication to increase evidence use.

We strengthen the capacity of local researchers in developing countries

Through our training and mentorship program, international experts help local researchers strengthen their expertise in advanced methodologies while developing a comprehensive skillset for policy analysis and outreach.

We boost project impact

PEP projects inform policymaking and lead to increased visibility and career advancement for local researchers.

We support teams to promote evidence use within local institutions and through public engagement via national events and the media.

We create connections

The PEP network unites researchers from across the globe for a common purpose. We provide developing-country researchers with the opportunity to connect with peers around the world for knowledge-sharing, learning and discussion.



Our reach

Map showing the 66 countries where PEP has supported research

Our partners

Our work is made possible through collaborations with our partners (below) and the generosity of our donors.


Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies

Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS)

A research center that specializes in the empirical study of distributive, labor and social issues in Latin America.

CEDLAS is based at Facultad de Ciencias Económicas – Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.

CEDLAS website


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Université Laval

Department of Economics

Université Laval is the oldest French-language university in North America and the oldest centre of higher education in Canada. It is a major teaching and research university.

Université Laval website


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European Union
Fonds d'innovation pour le Développement
Global Education Analytics Institute