Boosting project impact

PEP support facilitates 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 also support research teams to promote evidence use within local institutions and through public engagement via national events and the media.

As a result, most PEP projects inform policymaking and/or lead to increased visibility and career advancement for local researchers.

Below are examples of such impact stories from PEP projects supported since 2012, grouped into two categories:

See also PEP national policy conferences to find out more about the dissemination of PEP findings in beneficiary countries, including national media coverage.


    The findings and recommendations from PEP projects inform policy decisions around the world. 


    Findings from two PEP studies inform minimum wage and social protection policies in Argentina. FInd out more about project 1 (2015) and project 2 (2019).


    PEP recommendations to ease school-to-work transitions inform the revision of the national policy on “Technical Education and Vocational Training” in Benin. Find out more

    Burkina Faso

    Findings from two PEP studies regarding benefits of subsidising women's access to agricultural capital generate keen interest from policymakers in Burkina Faso. Find out more about project 1 and project 2.


    Cambodia's Minister of Commerce to take account of PEP findings on the  to inform strategic trade policy decisions. Find out more


    PEP research on credit access for women entrepreneurs spur high-level policy discussions and inform the World Bank's Memorandum of the Cameroon Economy in 2015.
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    Central African Republic

    PEP findings on the impact of Chinese investments inform the 2015-16 Action Plan for the Monitoring of Economic & Financial Reforms.
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    Poverty maps generated via PEP community-based monitoring system help ensure provision of irrigation water to the most water-scarce areas, and support local governance in Murang'a County.


    PEP findings inform assessment of the national migration policy, and policy advisory processes within the Ministry of Labor, Youth and Migration.
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    The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in Macedonia uses PEP research to inform the design and implementation of new policies and programs. Find out more about project 1 and project 2


    PEP findings influence government commitment, review and implementation of long-standing Vocational Training Program to reduce youth unemployment in Mongolia. Find out more


    The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock takes up PEP findings on how surface water can be better used to help achieve the 3N (Nigeriens Nourishing Nigeriens) Initiative’s “Zero Hunger” objective. Find out more


    Findings from two PEP studies inform the design of microcredit programs for women entrepreneurs (2015), as well as the creation of a new social security scheme (2016) in Nigeria. Find out more about project 1 and project 2.


    PEP research on impact of trade policies on women's employment assimilated to inform decisions and practices in General Directorate for Planning and Economic Policy in Senegal. Find out more


    Evidence from PEP research on the extent, nature and determinants of rural poverty is informing local development planning and supporting the monitoring and mapping of SDGs in vulnerable areas in Togo. 


    PEP findings on risk tolerance amongst young entrepreneurs are taken up to inform national youth employment strategy in Uganda.
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    Five young female researchers and their PEP findings on the impact of new labor policy for domestic workers in Uruguay find themselves at the heart of national and regional labor policy debates. Find out more


    PEP findings on the impact of liberalization on farm and non-farm labor participation in rural Vietnam are used to inform the advisory process towards trade policy decisions. Find out more



    Researchers in developing countries share how the PEP training and project experience has significantly advanced their career and professional recognition. Here is a selection from the many accounts we receive:


    The experience and exposure that 28-year-old Faith Mariera gained through her PEP-supported project resulted in her recruitment by the Kenyan Business Advocacy Fund to help member associations advocate for public policy reforms, as well as by the Agriculture Industry Network (AIN, an advocacy organization representing famers) to evaluate the sugar industry value chain. Through her work for the AIN, she developed a policy position paper for the Ministry of Agriculture taskforce responsible for reforming policy in the sector. She was also appointed to the subcommittee working group for reviewing policy and legislative matters in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation.

    Laura Barasa, the team leader of the same project, was invited to present her research work at two major international events: the Working Group for African Political Economy (WGAPE) conference, held at the University of California in May 2018, and the 2019 Conference of the Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE). International and regional research funding organizations also awarded her two new research grants.


    The achievements of Aisha Nansamba while leading a PEP-supported impact evaluation project led to her appointment as the first female Acting Country Representative for BRAC Liberia.

    She was also involved in the World Bank’s impact evaluation of Performance Management Systems within 32 national ministries and government agencies.


    In 2018, at the age of 30, Sokhna Diarra Mboup was selected as a lead consultant for the Senegalese government’s National Climate Change Adaptation Program. Her work focuses on designing adaptation strategies that are aligned with socioeconomic vulnerabilities.

    Her selection was directly linked to the extensive expertise that she developed in CGE modelling techniques during two PEP-supported projects.


    The continual engagement and dissemination efforts of a PEP research team in Tanzania significantly increased their visibility and credibility, and that of the University of Dodoma where the team is based.

    The team’s use of the CGE methodology generated keen interest among policy advisors. Country-level coverage of their PEP national policy conference also boosted the team members’ reputations. A few days after the conference, the National Task Force on Tax Reform (a Ministry of Finance and Planning advisory body) invited team member Joel Mmasa to present the project, contributing to recommendations for the 2019/20 budget. It was the first time a member of the University’s faculty had been called upon to directly advise the government budget. Three months after the conference, the Tanzania Standard Newspaper Head Office interviewed Dr. Mmasa to provide predictions as an expert on the expected 2019/20 budget. The interview was also a first in the history of the faculty. It was published on the front page of the Daily News.

    The team members have been awarded several new research grants and contracts to use their PEP-gained expertise in CGE modelling. The Global Environmental Facility engaged the team to use their methodology to assess the sustainability of the Tanzanian fishery policy. Additionally, the PEP team leader, Dr Asiya Maskaeva, will contribute to a Tanzanian Deep Sea Fish Authority and SWIOFish project using the team’s (PEP) microsimulation model to inform the sustainable management of Tanzania’s Exclusive Economic Zone fisheries.


    As a result of their PEP-supported study, a team of young, female researchers found themselves at the heart of an important policy debate related to minimum wage and labour regulations for domestic workers in Uruguay. Following the team’s initial outreach efforts, several national government agencies and other organizations engaged them in a continual consultation process. They were invited to present and discuss their findings at high-level national policy advisory meetings. They were also invited to speak at the Regional Meeting of Domestic Workers Rights in MERCOSUR, attended by policymakers, trade unions and civil society representatives from the four member states.

    The UNDP Country office and the Tripartite Commission for Equal Opportunity and Treatment in Employment (responsible for domestic labor policy) co-sponsored the team’s PEP national policy conference. Many high-level policy actors attended the event, including the Minister of Labor as guest speaker. 

    Four of the five team members received new research funding from various organizations. For example, the ILO contracted the team leader to conduct a study examining horizontal gender discrimination in eight Latin American countries.

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