Contributing to the promotion of Southern-based experts

 The following is a list of examples of career-promoting events that were reported to have occurred as a result, at least in part, of researchers’ involvement in a PEP project and the capacity they had built through the project.

See also a sample list of PEP's top alumnae, with particularly outstanding career achievements.

Scroll down further below to find out what some of these researchers have to say about their experience with PEP

Click on their names to find out more about specific PEP researchers and their PEP projects


·         Leonardo Gasparini was recruited as Scientific Committee member of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) in 2009


·         Elydia Sylva was recruited by the National Bank for Social and Economic Development in 2010.

·         After successfully defending his thesis, based on his PEP project, Pedro Oliveira was hired as Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Grande Dourados to teach quantitative methods, which he acquired, in great part, during his PEP project.


·         S.M. Abdullah was appointed Lecturer for the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka


·         Following conclusion of their PEP project in 2008, Dia Bernadette Kamgnia (project leader) was appointed as PhD programs’ coordinator at University of Yaoundé II. She subsequently went on to become the coordinator of training programs (Master’s & PhD) of the New PTCI (Programme de Troisième Cycle Inter Universitaire en Economie) of the CIEREA, and then Division Manager of Development & Policy Dialog Division (ADI 2) of the African Development Bank. In the same research team, Simon J. Leunkeu Wangun was recruited as Research Officer for the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Urban Management, and Tatsinkou Christophe has been appointed as head of Coordination Unit at the National Bureau of Statistics.

·         Paul Ningaye received an honorable mention by his jury after successfully defending his PhD thesis at the University of Yaoundé II in 2012. He was also called upon by the National Bureau of Statistics to assist in the integration of new indicators to monitor/measure multi-poverty in Cameroon, based on his PEP-supported research work.


·         In 2008, Tabo Symphorien Ndang was recruited as an Economist for the IMF Office in Chad, then in 2009 as an Economic Study Consultant by AFRISTAT in Mali, and also by the African Development Bank, as a Chad-based Consultant, five years in a row. In 2012, he was recruited to assist in designing Chad’s 2013-2015 National Strategic Development Plan.

·         In 2010, Olivier Beguy was recruited as an Economist for the World Bank Office in Chad.


·         Wei Qu was awarded with the Social Science Research Excellence Award of Gansu Province two years in a row, in 2010 and 2012.


·         Ricardo Arguello was appointed Associate Professor at the Universidad del Rosario, and recruited as an advisor in agricultural statistics for the National Institute of Statistics.


·         In 2008, Sara Wong was asked by the Director of RIMISP (the Latin American Center for Rural Development) to become a member of a regional initiative on Rural Poverty, to undertake studies and give policy recommendations to reduce rural poverty in Ecuador.


·         Nadia Belhaj Hassine became a Senior Economist for the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. She was later recruited as Senior Program Specialist of the IDRC Regional Office in Middle-East. 

·         Asmaa Elbadawy was awarded with the Global Development Network’s (GDN) Medal for Research in Development, at the 11th GDN Annual Conference in 2010.


·         In 2007, thanks to his ongoing research work with PEP, Sindu Workneh Kebede was admitted in a special Doctoral program of DIW Berlin, sponsored by the Humboldt University of Berlin. 


·         Following conclusion of their PEP project in 2007, Sugata Marjit (project team leader) became director of the Center for Studies in Social Sciences, in Calcutta, while his research partner, Saibal Kar, was promoted to Associate Professor.


·         In 2011, Jane Kabubo-Mariara was appointed as Director of the School of Economics at the University of Nairobi, while her research partners, Margaret N. Karienyeh and Francis K, Mwangi, were appointed Associate Lecturers, the first at Kenyatta University (Kenya), and the other at Kigali Institute of Management, in Rwanda.


·         In 2010, Kassim Dabitao was recruited to edit the annual reviews of the National Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, while his research partner, Aoua Saran Dembele was promoted to Chief Research Officer of an observatory for the National Agency for Labour.


·         William M. Fonta was appointed Senior Lecturer in Economics at University of Nigeria

·         Reuben Adeolu Alabi was appointed Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics of Ambrose Alli University.

·         While initiating his third PEP-supported research project, in 2008, John Ataguba was recruited as a Lecturer/Research Officer by the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, where in 2012 he successfully defended his thesis - based on his PEP research results - for a PhD he completed through a competitive Commonwealth Scholarship. Soon after, he was awarded, by the same University, a special "Merit Award for exceptional contributions to teaching, service leadership, and social responsiveness"


·         After publication of their PEP paper, the team leader Vaqar Ahmed was invited to make several in-country presentations, including to the Ministry of Finance, the Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development, as well as during the Sustainable Development Conference in Islamabad. He was also appointed Chief of Macroeconomics (and now Advisor) for the Planning Commission. Of the same research team, Ahsan Abbas was asked to present the results at Gujranwala Institute of Future Technologies, and to contribute to key publications on tax- and trade-related analysis in Pakistan, while Saira Ahmed earned her PhD from the IMT Institute of Advanced Studies, after defending her thesis based on their PEP results in Luca, Italy.


·         In 2010, Hazel Jean Malapit was recruited by the World Bank as a Gender Economist, for the Gender and Development Unit, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network. 

·         In 2010, Jasmin P. Suministrado was recruited by the International Labour Office (ILO), as Knowledge Officer for the Microinsurance Innovation Facility, Employment Sector.


·         Veronica Amarante, Mery Ferrando and Andrea Vigorito were awarded with the 2009 Best Practice Award from PEGNet (GIZ) - for effective cooperation between research and policy, in the context of their PEP-supported project. In 2011, Amarante was appointed as Director of the “Instituto de Economia” and later, in 2012, recruited by the Social Studies Division of ECLAC, in Chile.

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  What researchers have to say about their PEP experience


The following is a series of excerpts from PEP research teams’ technical reports that testify to the researcher’s acknowledgment of the opportunities provided by PEP and its particular support program.


From the team of PEP project PMMA-11314
Analysis of the missing dimensions of poverty data in Nigeria

“The PEP network has afforded us invaluable exposure and experience that is of immense contribution for our academic and research development in the future.  The impact of our PEP exposure extends beyond the completion of the projects.

The overall research support provided through the PEP network is greatly acknowledged. One of the very useful aspects of our projects was the support received during our leader’s study visit to the University of Oxford.  This provided invaluable support in understanding the methodology, data collection tool as well as analyses techniques.  The willingness of busy academics to devote such time to provide research support was immensely useful to the project.  PEP’s support in the area of assistance with software (e.g. DASP) is also appreciated as this was invaluable in the data analysis stage.

We are grateful that PEP support includes not only scientific input, but also revision, comments, editing, etc.  all of which has helped to improve upon the work and is also helpful in giving it overall direction.  Provided on an ongoing basis, it further enhances chances to publish papers in reputable scientific journals.  PEP’s open hands and willingness to provide support when any member shouts is equally acknowledged.  Through answers to their frequent e-mail queries, researchers are able to find headway and progress on a continual basis”.

From the team of PEP project PIERI-11239
School Attendance, Child Labor and Cash Transfers: An Impact Evaluation of PANES - Uruguay

“We consider that PEP network is unique in terms of the opportunities and support it provides to researchers.  The course on impact evaluation that _one of our team members_ attended in the context of her study visit in Barcelona was extremely useful in her personal development as a researcher and for the research team in order to improve our research”

From the team of PEP project MPIA-11351
Setting Up a Uniformed Social Security System under Huge Rural Labor Migration in China

“We are very grateful to participate in the PEP network, to find out about CGE modeling work and policy simulations from all over the world, and share our experiences with others to get valuable comments and suggestions that significantly improves our research capacities”.

From the team of PEP project PIERI-11242
Estimating Participation and Spill-over Effects in Conditional Cash Transfer Programs - Brazil

“Our team has greatly benefited from the study visit, supported in the context of our PEP project, and also from the interaction with and tutoring from international specialists, particularly during the PEP conferences. These meetings are extremely useful, both for the academic feedback from the tutors and specialists, and for the opportunity to get to know other researchers from developing countries and to build new networks and partnerships.

We also have profited from PEP's support to present the papers at international conferences. Such support was of great value for my team, specially the younger members who had the opportunity to participate both as presenters and discussants in these conferences. 

Such opportunities would not be accessible to us if it was not for PEP support. In addition, PEP's focus on having the project’s outcomes influence policy has put pressure on the team to be in constant interaction with policy makers, which I think was extremely useful”

From the team of PEP project PIERI-11243
Assessing the Impact of Argentina's Ley Federal de Educación on Educational and Labor Outcomes

“Our general appreciation of the PEP network is excellent. We would like to highlight the permanent monitoring of the projects by the network, and the multiple opportunities of interactions with members at different levels of the network. At our institution (CEDLAS) we interact with a large number of organizations and governments; the experience with PEP has been excellent both in absolute terms and compared to any other research institutions”

From the team of PEP project MPIA-10676
Stratégie sectorielle, pauvreté et vulnérabilité: cas du Togo (Sectoral strategy, poverty and vulnerabilities : the case of Togo)

“The scientific support provided by the PEP Network is both rich and complete. It allows bringing literature review up to date and discover the most updated and relevant methodologies. Study visits are invaluable as they allow researchers to refine their research practices”

From the team of PEP project PMMA-10229
Labor supply responses to income shocks under credit constraints: Evidence from Bukidnon, Philippines.

“During the course of the project, we had received distance support (through draft comments), a study visit, training sessions during the Dakar meeting and during the study visit (on DAD).  We received additional financial support in the form of travel grants, as well as a publication grant. We find these types of support to be extremely useful, leading directly to very concrete changes in the way we conduct research.

Our participation in PEP general meetings were very useful, not only in terms of making presentation and receiving feedback from resource persons and participants, but also in terms of touching base with fellow researchers from different developing countries.  Attending such events is undoubtedly a very enriching experience, especially for our youngest team members.”

From PEP project team PMMA-10521
Child Survival, Poverty and Policy Options from DHS Surveys in Kenya: 1993-2003

“The package offered by the network is way above any other networks that we are aware of. In particular, we think it is excellent to have:

  • Access to literature and database
  • Access to software
  • The high technical support offered.
  • Opportunities for additional grants (e.g. Junior researcher grants and conference participation
  • The excellent and very efficient management of all on financial, technical and other logistical issues

The team leader participated in the study visit. She was overwhelmed by the support she got from PEP at Laval. Having been involved in study visits under other networks, she can only applaud the magnitude of support from PEP.”

From PEP project team PIERI-11204
Effect of Sexuality and Procreation Education on Health and Poverty Reduction of Girls in Rural China - The Case of Gansu Province, China

“It is a very good experience to work with the PEP Network. I had a good training, easy access to international journals, and professional advancement after I have worked with PEP. I learned a lot during my research period; the scientific support, and the way it is channelled, is one of the features that make PEP a unique network”

From PEP project team PMMA-10208  
À qui profitent les dépenses sociales au Tchad? Une analyse d'incidence  à partir des données d'enquête
(Who Benefits From Social Expenditures in Chad? An Incidence Analysis Using Survey Data)

In French : « Les encadreurs des jeunes chercheurs du PEP font un travail remarquable. Le PEP constitue d'ailleurs un excellent cadre de discussion ; en tant que réseau, il offre l’opportunité aux chercheurs des pays en développement de se rejoindre sur les thèmes liés à la pauvreté qui, souvent, sont relativement similaires dans la région (Afrique sub-Saharienne). Le Réseau PEP forme une véritable famille qui transcende les différences linguistiques, nationales, continentales, religieuses, intellectuelles, culturelles. C’est à juste titre que l’équipe encourage la multiplication des conférences PEP, creuset par excellence des échanges multiformes ».

Translation: The work of PEP resource persons is remarkable. As a Network, PEP is an excellent framework for discussions, providing researchers in developing countries and opportunity to “exchange” on poverty-related themes, which are often similar in the region (sub-Saharan Africa). The PEP network is truly like a family that transcends linguistic, national, continental, religious, intellectual and cultural differences (barriers).


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