Projects selected for PEP support under PAGE II

A total of 29 projects, in 22 different countries, are currently being supported under the first round of the PAGE II initiative (full list below). PEP selected the new grant recipients the from 420 applications received in response to a series of calls for proposals that were launched in 2016. The selection was made following the presentation of the finalist proposals during 2017 PEP Annual Conference in Nairobi, where the researchers also attended four days of training sessions, including technical training specific to their research methods and more general training on policy engagement and communicating research findings.

The 29 projects include:

  • 15 projects in low-income economies and/or fragile or conflict-affected situations (LIE/FS) -  see list of targeted countries
  • 19 projects in Africa, 4 in Latin America, 3 in Asia, 2 in Eastern Europe and 1 in the Middle East
  • 11 projects led by female team leaders and 13 projects that focus primarily on gender issues

These projects involve a total of 143 researchers, of whom:

  • 83 are women
  • 77 are in low-income economies and/or fragile or conflict-affected situations

From gender pay gaps and gender disparities to food security and the micro, small, and medium enterprise sectors, the projects selected investigate various aspects of the five PAGE II priority themes.

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

Project code (link) Project title Country
Microeconomic analysis (info)
PMMA-19978 Financial inclusion and gender disparity in risk appetite for micro, small and medium enterprises performance: evidence from Ethiopia Ethiopia*
PMMA-19983 Rural nonfarm engagement and agriculture commercialization in Ghana: complements or competitors? Ghana
PMMA-19985 Analysis of youth underemployment in Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia Macedonia
PMMA-20000 Gender pay gap in times of austerity Serbia
PMMA-20015 Labor force participation for educated females and gender wage gap in Palestine Palestine**
PMMA-20026 Cognitive skills, entrepreneurship, and economic growth in Indonesia Indonesia
PMMA-20055 Non-farm participation, agriculture productivity and farmers’ welfare in East Africa Kenya
PMMA-20083 Youth unemployment and transition from school to work in Benin  Benin*
PMMA-20102 Informal employment and labour market policies. The case of domestic workers in Uruguay Uruguay
*Low-income economies   **Fragile or conflict-affected situations  
Macro-micro policy modelling (info)
MPIA-19971 A macro-micro simulation modelling on the poverty alleviation policies in Tanzania Tanzania*
MPIA-19999 Impact of APE on women’s employment in Senegal: The role of public investments?  A dynamic CGE analysis (French) Senegal*
MPIA-20006 Agricultural reforms, employment and poverty reduction: A dynamic CGE analysis (French) Niger*
MPIA-20030 Resource allocation across sectors, poverty and income inequality in Ethiopia: CGE modelling approach Ethiopia*
MPIA-20066 Impact of agro-industrial policies on gender inequality in Burkina Faso: A CGE analysis (French) Burkina Faso*
MPIA-20094 Agricultural policies, employment and women’s income in Burkina Faso (French) Burkina Faso*
MPIA-20108 Commodity booms, human capital, and economic growth. an application to Colombia Colombia
MPIA-19906 Institutionalization project – Economic Research Institute Mongolia
*Low-income economies  
Experimental research, using randomized controlled trials (info)
PIERI-12942 Academic ambassadors and the diffusion of digital financial services among the Peruvian poor Peru
PIERI-13014 Impact des modèles innovants de Conseil Agricole et d'Entrepreneuriat des Jeunes sur la résilience et la sécurité alimentaire des ménages au Bénin Benin*
PIERI-13129 The impacts of access to free childcare on women's labor market outcomes and children's cognitive development Mongolia
PIERI-12937 Stimulating SME performance and recovery in the aftermath of the Ebola crisis: Evidence from a business Liberia**
*Low-income economies   **Fragile or conflict-affected situations  
Community-based monitoring systems – CBMS (info)
CBMS-19956 Agricultural investments, labor productivity and rural poverty reduction: gender disparities in Togo Togo*
CBMS-19996 Understanding the challenges of financial inclusion of rural women's entrepreneurship in Nicaragua Nicaragua
CBMS-20010 Determinants of financial inclusion among young micro and small business entrepreneurs: Evidences from Asella town and Shirka Wereda Ethiopia*
CBMS-20034 Analyzing the impact of a social protection programme on women’s poverty and employment (French) Burundi**
CBMS-20035 Does addressing gender inequalities and empowering women improve development programme outcomes? Ghana
CBMS-20058 Social capital and women's empowerment in Kenya: Case study of Murang'a County Kenya
CBMS-20068 Youth unemployment in Botswana: Understanding the demand and supply gaps Botswana
CBMS-20141 A livelihood approach to understand financial inclusion as informed by the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) study in Katakwi subcounty of Katakwi District Uganda*
*Low-income economies   **Fragile or conflict-affected situations  



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