PEP pioneers: Martín Valdivia

March 2023

Highlighting the contributions of Martín Valdivia, an accomplished graduate of PEP's alumnae, whose leadership as the founding director of our Latin American office in Peru helped expand our organization's initiatives and reputation in the region.

The success of PEP has been a collective effort. In recognition, we are publishing a series of articles spotlighting the dedicated people who have contributed to PEP's development and how their contributions have enabled us to support locally-led development in the Global South for over 20 years.

Martín Valdivia

Martín Valdivia is another prestigious graduate of PEP's alumnae. Initially a researcher in PEP's micro group, Martin's PEP-funded research led to a publication in the Review of Economics and Statistics, which he co-authored with Dean Karlan. 

He was appointed as the founding director of PEP's Latin American office in Peru from 2007 to 2011, hosting notably a PEP general meeting in Lima in 2007.

Martín was instrumental in establishing PEP's formal presence in Latin America, expanding its initiatives and reputation in the region. During this time, he was also a valuable member of PEP's experimental group, where he sat on the steering committee and contributed actively as a trainer, mentor, researcher and resource person.

Explore the following publications and projects to learn more about Martín Valdivia's work and contributions to PEP: 

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PEP has been one of the highlights of my career as a researcher based in Peru, deeply committed to the promotion of evidence-based policymaking. I joined PEP in 2005 as a researcher after getting one of the grants and benefitted from their flagship research support system. And I was lucky to find PEP at a particular institutional crossroad that allowed me to contribute to some of the key developments: the consolidation of the role of Latin America in the strengthening of a platform for south-to-south collaborations and the inclusion of experimental methods for a rigorous evaluation of programs and policies in the fight against poverty and the improvement of development indicators.

Such experience was an invaluable learning process for me, and I hope to have contributed to PEP in these two lines and its overall organizational structure. I cannot be happier now to see the progress PEP has made in these dimensions, as well as in the promotion of an effective connection between research and policy, with the stellar participation of local researchers. 
Big congratulations to the beautiful PEP community for the 20th anniversary!
— Martín Valdivia


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