New Year's message from PEP's leadership team

PEP’s Chair of the Board, Carol Newman, and Executive Director, Jane Mariara, reflect on the achievements of 2022 and look forward to the opportunities that 2023 will bring for PEP and PEP researchers.

PEP's Chair of the Board, Prof. Carol Newman, and Executive Director, Prof. Jane Mariara, look back on PEP’s achievements in 2022 and look forward to the opportunities 2023 will bring for PEP and PEP researchers.


Carol Newman - small headshotAs the newly appointed Chair of the PEP Board of Directors, I am thrilled to join an organization that is making a significant impact in shaping development policies in the Global South, through locally generated evidence. PEP has established a strong network of Southern-based researchers, putting the organization in a prime position to produce impactful research on various development challenges. 

Moving forward, I see great potential in further integrating Southern-based researchers into the global development research community —not just as providers of evidence, but also as key partners in defining the research agenda and identifying key policy challenges that need to be addressed.  

PEP's mission is to empower Southern-driven development by informing policy decisions with locally generated, high-quality evidence. To achieve this, and in addition to mentoring and reviewing their work from a technical point of view, PEP supports researchers to engage in co-production of knowledge with key stakeholders, and to translate evidence into actionable policy recommendations.  PEP's structure, support and mentoring program for researchers ensure that the organization delivers maximum impact in achieving its mission. PEP's dissemination and communications efforts, in particular, are critical to maximize impact of PEP research on policymaking, and I am eager to work with the organization to advance this aspect of its work. 

Prof. Carol Newman
Chair, PEP Board of Directors



Jane Mariara - small headshot2022 was a year of continued expansion for PEP. With new, renewed or continued funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Co-Impact, the Fonds d’Innovation pour le Développement, Global Affairs Canada, the Hewlett Foundation, Canada’s International Development Research Center, and the Mastercard Foundation, PEP has continued to elevate the voices of Southern researchers and stakeholders around the Global South, defining country-relevant policy solutions to critical development issues.

Ongoing PEP initiatives focus particularly on issues related to youth employment and women’s empowerment, as well as clean energy, social gender norms, the impact of the war in Ukraine, and promoting the use of experimental impact evaluations to inform policymaking.  

We are also expanding our reach with new collaborators and partnerships worldwide. These include the University of Florence, the African Economic Research Network, the Economic Research Forum, and Environment for Development. PEP is also part of a consortium of 12 European organizations, led by the University of Florence, selected by the European Union to implement an initiative for the creation of an integrated framework to foster sustainable structural change for more resilient European economies and societies. 

Last year, PEP launched a global Call to Action for greater participation of Southern researchers in economic development debates, which has now collected over 180 signatures, including 80 eminent personalities. As part of our Call to Action, PEP Research Fellows have organized a webinar series to discuss specific action points, identified from research investigating the obstacles to Southern participation in development research and policy debates.  

2022 also marked an important milestone, as we celebrated PEP’s 20th anniversary. Two distinct events were held to commemorate the organization’s achievements and the contributions of our outstanding partners: a virtual “PEP symposium” in June, and a gathering in Ottawa, Canada in December.   

It is my pleasure to welcome our new board members, including PEP's new Chairperson, Carol Newman, who began their mandates this year and to thank our outgoing members for their contributions, Fred Carden, our Chairman, and Haroon Bhorat, the Chair of our Finance and Audit Committee. 

I take this opportunity to wish our donors, the PEP Board, management and staff, including those from partner and collaborating institutions, mentors, researchers and all other stakeholders a productive, collaborative and healthy new year. 

Prof. Jane Mariara
Executive Director


PEP’s highlights from 2022

New research initiatives get underway

More people benefit as PEP further expands online activities

Recognition as a hub of expertise promoting Southern voices

PEP responds to the COVID-19 crisis


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