PEP online courses build capacity in low-income and fragile situations

May 2020

134 participate in 2020 edition of PEP online training courses and 23, predominantly from low-income and fragile situations, are awarded the Graduate Microprogram Certificate in Development Economics.

Twenty-three developing-country researchers have been awarded a Graduate Microprogram Certificate in Development Economics this year for their completion of all three PEP online training courses. The researchers are predominantly (70%) from low-income economics and/or fragile situations (LIE/FS), and 22% are women. 

These researchers are among 134 participants who took at least one of the courses in 2020. Almost half of those who participated in the annual edition of PEP’s online training courses are in or from LIE/FS-countries. Women represent almost a third of the participants. 

PEP’s online courses are not only for PEP-funded/affiliated researchers in the Global South, who represented around 30% of participants this year. The courses are open to anyone with an undergraduate degree in economics or related fields.

Since the establishment of the PEP online courses, 35 developing-country researchers have been awarded the Graduate Microprogram Certificate, of whom around half are PEP-funded/affiliated researchers.

The three one-semester graduate courses are offered from January to April each year in collaboration with and accredited by Université Laval in Canada; the institution also awards the Graduate Microprogram Certificate. As part of its capacity building mission, PEP has made the narrated presentations from its online courses available for free.

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