PAGE II-Round 3

Gender-sensitive Analysis on Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion, and Rural Employment in Africa

Building on the significant outcomes and lessons drawn from the PAGE II initiative, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada awarded PEP additional funding to extend and deepen the program. This new round of support (PAGE II-Round 3) will see 14 mixed government-research teams conduct gender-sensitive, policy-oriented research projects in Africa (particularly West Africa). The research projects relate to the themes of:

  • Entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, and
  • Productive employment in rural farm and non-farm sectors.

To build and promote research capacities in Africa

In line with PEP’s core mission, the PAGE II-Round 3 program includes an important “capacity building” component. Through this initiative, 14 multidisciplinary teams will benefit from the unique and manifold PEP "Grant Plus" research support program as they conduct high quality, gender-sensitive and policy-engaged research projects. The teams will use cutting-edge methodologies (macro-micro development policy modelling and microeconomic non-experimental analysis) to inform relevant development policy decisions in their home countries.

All projects supported under the PAGE II-Round 3 program are based in Africa with priority given to researchers from and based in low-income economies (LICs), fragile and/or conflict states (LFCs). Over 50% of the projects supported by PEP through the PAGE II-Round 3 program are led by teams from these countries. This program also has a focus on West Africa, with more than 60% of the projects based in the region.

Call for proposals, selection process and training

As with the previous PAGE II rounds, PEP selected the teams to be supported through an open and competitive call for proposals, which was launched in 2019. 

After a thorough review process, PEP invited 20 teams with shortlisted projects to present their proposals to an audience of peers and PEP-affiliated international experts for review and discussion at the 2019 PEP Special General Meeting.

During the meeting, the team members also received three days of intensive training. Government-affiliated team members focused on best practices for using evidence in policymaking while researchers also received gender analysis training.

Following the conference, PEP awarded 14 teams(seven using macro-micro policy modelling, and seven using microeconomic non-experimental analysis – listed below) full support under the PAGE-II Round 3 program.

Between September and November 2019, members of the 14 selected teams will complete distance (online) training courses in the specific research methods/tools to be applied in their project. 

To analyze specific and country-relevant policy issues

In the course of PAGE II-Rounds 1 and 2, PEP supported 45 projects on policy analysis on growth and employment under five themes. Many exciting findings are emerging from this analysis, as well as from related PAGE I research. While these findings are promising, particularly in terms of pointing to potential policy solutions, research is now needed to support the policy processes by analysing actual policy solutions. PEP experts thus identified two broad PAGE II themes—from which the findings are the most promising—for further development under PAGE II-Round 3:

Within these themes, PAGE II-Round 3 funding is for research to support policy processes through gender-sensitive analysis of actual policy solutions. Selected projects aim to address key knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of the evidence base.

For the first time, selected projects will produce two distinct papers: a research/working paper, and a policy paper. The first detailing the process and results of the scientific research work, and the latter positioning the issues and findings within the country’s broader policy context and strategies. 

From a variety of analytical perspectives

Building on more than 16 years of experience and the knowledge of a large pool of world-renowned experts in the field, PEP offers unique expertise in the application of cutting-edge methodologies and analytical techniques in economics and development research within the specific context of developing countries.

The PEP research support program spans four distinct analytical approaches, each focused on a different set of methodologies and coordinated by teams of international experts. Experts in the specific methodologies are assigned as mentors to the project teams upon their selection. 

Find out more about the two analytical approaches supported under the PAGE II-Round 3 program:

Projects selected for PEP support under PAGE II-Round 3

Fourteen projects, in 10 African countries, are being supported under PAGE II-Round 3 (full list below). 

The 14 projects include:

  • Nine projects in low-income economies and/or fragile or conflict-affected situations (LIE/FC)
  • Nine projects in West African countries
  • Six projects led by female team leaders 

These projects involve a total of 84 researchers and government officers, of whom:

  • 46 are women
  • 51 are in low-income economies and/or fragile or conflict-affected situations

The projects selected investigate various aspects of the two PAGE II-Round 3 priority themes of entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, and productive employment in rural farm and non-farm sectors. Topics include gender disparities, food security, access to finance and financial services, public investments, climate change, and women’s empowerment.

In the table below, the projects are grouped according to the analytical approach (research method) applied. Click the code links in the left hand column to view the project description and publications.

Project code (link) Project title Country
Microeconomic analysis 
PMMA-20386 The Gender Gap in Smallholder Agricultural Productivity: The Case of Cameroon Cameroon
PMMA-20396 Accessing finance for productive rural employment opportunities for women in Benin Benin*
PMMA-20418 Women's Employment Issue in Rural Senegal: What Can We Learn About the Shift From Farm Activities to Diversification Strategies? Senegal*
PMMA-20428 The unintended consequences of the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP): Women's entrepreneurship and financial inclusion. Malawi*
PMMA-20443 Credit constraints, agricultural productivity and household welfare in Burkina Faso: a gender perspective Burkina Faso*
PMMA-20454 Electrification rurale, autonomisation de la femme et bien-être du ménage en milieu rural en Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire​​​​**
PMMA-20449 The role of  non-farming activities on rural farming households in Lesotho: a gender perspective Lesotho
*Low-income economies (LIE)   **Fragile or conflict-affected situations (FC) 
Macro-micro policy modelling 
MPIA-20453 Politique de l'emploi et file d'attente sur le marche du travail : cas du Senegal Senegal*
MPIA-20452 CGE-microsimulation analysis of government infrastructure investment and interventions in South African rural economy: Focus on rural economic development, food security, poverty and gender South Africa
MPIA-20448 Assessing the Economic and Social Impacts of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Project using a Gender Computable General Equilibrium Model Nigeria
MPIA-20419 Adaptation au Changement climatique, genre et la pauvreté au Burkina Faso: une analyse macro-micro Burkina Faso*
MPIA-20414 Public Investment on National Food Security Programs in Nigeria: A CGE Analysis of the Macroeconomic, Welfare and Gender Impact on Small Farm Holders in Nigeria Nigeria
MPIA-20398 Analyse par un modele d'equilibre general calculable de l'impact de la strategie d'investissement 2019-2023 du Senegal
dans les secteurs moteurs sur la participation au marche du travail et l'emploi des femmes et des jeunes et le bien etre des menages
MPIA-20391 Impact des politiques publiques pro-genres dans les secteurs agricoles sur l'emploi des femmes dans un contexte de dépendance économique aux ressources naturelles : Cas de la RDC Congo, Dem. Rep.***
*Low-income economies (LIE)   **Fragile or conflict-affected situations (FC) ***LIE and FC

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