PAGE is a global research and capacity-building initiative for Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment.
Through this flagship initiative, PEP has been providing multifaceted and comprehensive support to locally-led projects in developing countries since 2012.
Thanks to funding from the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, the first PAGE program (2012-2016) was very successful and a second program (2016-2020) is now underway.
In accordance to PEP’s core mission, the PAGE initiative includes an important capacity building component. Through this initiative, PEP allows numerous teams of researchers based in developing countries to benefit from PEP’s unique Grant Plus research support program as they conduct high quality and policy-engaged research projects.
As of August 2018, 65 of these projects are completed (PAGE I), 45 are ongoing (PAGE II – Rounds 1 and 2). 477 researchers have been or are being trained, including 265 women (55%), and nearly half (46%) are based in low-income economies or fragile/conflict situations.
The success of the first PAGE program (65 projects) is evident in terms of research quality and policy impact, as demonstrated by the statistics below.
Impact of PAGE
PAGE I (2012-2016)
Research teams were selected on a highly competitive basis, through a series of open calls for proposals that were launched annually: in 2012, 2013 and 2014. While the calls were open to teams from all developing countries, priority was given to those from low-income economies, fragile and/or conflict states (LFCs).
PEP selected 65 projects in 34 countries from more than 400 proposals submitted under the three PAGE calls. Of the 274 researchers supported, over half were women and almost half were based in LFCs.
Under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment, a list of priority issues was identified as especially relevant to address specific knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base for each of the annual PAGE calls for proposals. A number of common themes emerged from the research teams’ perspectives following the evaluation of their countries’ priority issues, these are summarized in the following articles:
- Female entrepreneurship hindered more by social and cultural contraints than access to finance
- Why youth become entrepreneurs
- Introducing a minimum wage can improve well-being
- How migration and remittances affect welfare and employment at home
- Managing the mining industry to help reduce poverty
- How cash transfers support vulnerable populations
- How informal sector workers protect themselves without access to social assistance
PAGE II (2016-2020)
As of August 2018, 45 projects, in 33 different countries, have been selected for support under the PAGE II program, including 21 projects led in low-income economies and fragile/conflict situations. PEP selected the new grant recipients from over 500 applications received in response to a series of calls for proposals that were launched in 2016 and 2017.
For second PAGE program, five priority themes (all under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment) were identified as especially relevant in addressing knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base. These themes, listed below, have been identified by international experts in the field of development economics
- Youth employment; supply and demand side constraints and related policy options
- Gender and women’s economic empowerment
- Entrepreneurship and financial inclusion
- Productive employment in rural farm and non-farm sectors; increasing labour productivity and reducing factor market imperfections
- Sectoral composition and patterns of economic growth; implications for job-creation, employment and poverty reduction