What researchers have to say about PEP - Ce qu'on dit de PEP

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General remarks

  • Before I joined PEP network, if "googled" my name probably you could get zero results. Today, the story is different- PEP network has made me just what I am in the poverty research world. I am proud of that. (Milu Muyanga, Kenya)
  • As indicated above, I rank this network as the highest in the experience I have had. The main points I highlight are:
    • The excellent technical support offered.
    • The frontier advantage, i.e. their research is on the frontier and we get to learn it first hand from them and through their training and web materials
    • The facility for a fully funded and technically supported study visit
    • The full support for travel and participation at workshops
    • The efficiency, on financial and organizational issues
    • Updates on relevant news, conferences, etc., that Professor Cockburn gives every now and again.
    • The limited bureaucracy assists us to work on the important things.
  • Finally we would like to thank PEP network for allowing us this chance to delve into very important research issues using some of the most advanced techniques there are. (Margaret Chitiga, South Africa)
  • At a personal level, my association with PEP network has been most rewarding. Before participating in PEP activities, my research work was almost stagnant and there was not much interest around in the sets of issues that I was interested in. On joining the PEP network, all this has changed. Not only have I been exposed to some sound and frontier edge-cutting tools but also what I have appreciated is the way the PEP officials have done it. These are people who are genuinely serious about building capacity in Africa and respect you as an individual.(Ramos Mabagu, South Africa)
  • The research team fully appreciates the support provided by PEP.  In fact, the network provided a great deal of opportunity and exposure to the team in order to uplift their research capabilities.  These include:
    • Capacity building
    • Opportunity to interact with brilliant resource persons
    • Exposure to research methodologies and techniques
    • Training for continuous enhancements and learning
    • Exposure to various research networks (Erwin Corong, Philippines)
  • I must confess that it has been a great experience for me working with PEP. The most important aspect of the network, for us, is its program to spread capacity and skill and also the exposure it gives researcher. (Hyacinth Ementa, Nigeria)
  • We all are happy with our experiences with PEP network. (Ximing Yue, China)
  • We have had good experiences with PEP network. (Sangui Wang, China)
  • We have been involved in the PEP network activities for about a year now since our first proposal was submitted, and in our experience we find the PEP network to be very supportive. (Hazel Malapit, Philippines).
  • Christian Emini, Cameroon))
  • Paul Ningaye, Cameroon)
  • Our contact with PEP has brought a lot of change in the way we work. What we know about PEP is that they are thorough and efficient. We are trying to emulate these virtues and hoping that we too can demonstrate this type of commitment. (Abayomi Oyekale, Nigeria)
  • Dileni Gunewardena, Sri Lanka)
  • Luc Nembot Ndeffo, Cameroun).
  • Luc Nembot Ndeffo, Cameroun).
  • PEP keeps high standards, and pushes us beyond what we thought we were capable of achieving. (Nisha Arunatilake, Sri Lanka)
  • Let me take this opportunity to thank the PEP network for adding yet another thread to the web of my professionalism life. With the fullness of time, the gem that this collaboration is will clearly be reflected in the quality of work we anticipate producing in the future assignments. (Milu Muyanga, Miltone Ayieko and Mary Bundi, Kenya)
  • My team and I have progressed alot due to our affiliation with the PEP network. Just to give you an overview, I am organizing a training session in Global Economic Modeling with David Laborde in Pakistan from 26th to 31st July. This training session will be followed by a macro-micro session with Caesar Cororaton in late August.  I will myself be giving pre-training sessions based on the EXTER-Pakistan framework and the quantitative framework we developed under our PEP project. (Vaqar Ahmed, Pakistan)

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Capacity building

  • Opinions and views of the other authors of this Research support project indicate a significant achievement and up built in their research aptitude especially at the level of the use of softwares such as SPSS and DAD. They add that, the skills gained from the exercise have been very useful as they feel confident now to individually lead a project team in the domain of poverty and in the use and exploration of household data.(Johannes Tabi, Cameroon)
  • Margaret Chitiga, South Africa)
  • Kojo Appiah-Kubi, Ghana)
  • The research and international collaboration help us two young female scholars acquire advanced research techniques, contributing significantly to the capacity building for the institutes we are affiliated with. (Fenglian Du, China)
  • I must confess that it has been a great experience for me working with PEP. The most important aspect of the Network, for us, is its program to spread capacity and skill and also the exposure it gives researcher. (Eme Ichoku, Nigeria)
  • Kamgnia Dia Bernadette, Cameroon)

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Scientific Support

  • Margaret Chitiga, South Africa)
  • One advantage on doing the research with the PEP Network is we have a support from the Steering Committee who gives the consultations and suggestions for the research development. The deep discussion and consultation on the research have been occurred during the conference on proposal and primary report. (Rina Oktaviani, Indonesia)
  • Erwin Corong, Philippines)
  • Besides, PEP has provided us with a series of analytical tools that are quite difficult to obtain for research teams working in developing countries, such as international bibliographic databases and program licenses. (Maria Ines Terra, Uruguay)
  • Furthermore, making literature base available to researchers from the developing countries is another commendable program of PEP. (Hyacinth Ementa, Nigeria)
  • Encouragement and support from the people working for the PEP always stimulate progress of our study. (Ximing Yue, China)
  • PEP Network is unique (in that) it has an ample technical support to researchers. Such a focus and associated technical support is extremely useful and helps to build capacity for research faster and efficiently. The training workshops and the DAD software are two example of technical support that PEP offers that are very useful. (Adolf Mkenda, Tanzania)
  • We have used PEP web site to search for poverty literatures and found the links to other sources and institutions are useful. DAD software distributed through PEP network is extremely useful for the analysis of inequality and poverty and has helped us to do in-depth analysis. (Sangui Wang, China)
  • The literature access is a major support system provided by the network since many of the developing countries do not have access to recent literature. (Patrick Birungi, Uganda)
  • 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 find these types of support to be very useful, leading directly to very concrete changes in the way we had conducted our research. (Hazel Malapit, Philippines).
  • Jean-Bosco Ki, Senegal)
  • Paul Ningaye, Cameroon)
  • The project has enabled Manson Nwafor work on more standard CGE models as well as the more advanced dynamic models. It has also provided a first and excellent ground to learn the use of the GAMS software. The project has provided the young researchers the opportunity to obtain hands on experience in the building of Social accounting matrices. (Adeola Adenikinju)
  • Luc Nembot Ndeffo, Cameroun)
  • has been an excellent sense of teamwork between us and PEP. (Ramos Mabugu, South Africa).
  • Borel Foko, Cameroun)
  • We have used PEP web site to search for poverty literatures and found the links to other sources and institutions are useful. DAD software distributed through PEP network is extremely useful for the analysis of inequality and poverty and has helped us to do in-depth analysis. (Sangui Wang, China)

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Research Agenda

  • We have been frustrated that most supported techniques in research in our University are econometric and, as a result, most students tend to write their thesis and dissertations on monetary issues, the stock exchange issues, and forecasting issues, which usually bear little direct relevance to poverty. Yet, the real problem in South African (and neighboring countries) is poverty and inequality.  Our students need much more training in these areas. (Margaret Chitiga, South Africa)
  • My working with the PEP network has been quite a useful experience in terms of increasing my exposure to some of the current researches happening across the world on issues related to poverty, both modeling and data-related. (Nitesh Sahay, India)
  • Adolf Mkenda, Tanzania)
  • Nakar Djindil, Chad)

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  • The network can truly be proud of the way administrative matters are being handled.  The administration was not only effective and efficient but more importantly, responsive to the needs of the research team. (Erwin Corong, Philippines)
  • PEP administrators are extremely efficient and friendly and it as [being] a pleasure dealing with them. They are always prompt. (Frikkie Booysen, South Africa)
  • The coordination by PEP leadership and the secretariat has been excellent. The research team appreciates the good working relationship with the PEP secretariat. (Patrick Birungi, Uganda)
  • In our experience, the PEP network has been very well organized and we had always received excellent administrative support all throughout the research process, and particularly during the study visit. (Hazel Malapit, Philippines)
  • My experience with the administration has been fairly good in terms of disbursal of grants, and I must really give them my unstinting appreciation for being able to handle such huge amounts of administrative work with such efficiency. (Nitesh Sahay, India)
  • Christian Emini, Cameroon)
  • Jean-Bosco Ki, Senegal)
  • Any questions asked are answered immediately and in a very helpful manner. Financial administration is also excellent and is not unnecessarily delayed.(Margaret Chitiga, South Africa)
  • PEP is one of the most organized research networks I have ever seen. The submission of proposal procedures are excellent and the response so timely. (Abayomi Oyekale, Nigeria)
  • We are grateful for the effective and efficient administration of the PEP network. We get the grant disbursements and reporting requirements on time so that our research can be made smoothly. (Fenglian Du, China)
  • Ousmane Faye, Senegal)
  • The administration of the entire network is also well organized and incredible. It acts efficiently and swiftly. It keeps us posted about what is happening and future events. Its regular reminders about what is expected of the teams, makes researchers meet deadlines amidst other hectic office assignments. Please keep up your good work. (Milu Muyanga, Kenya)
  • Administrative aspects have worked very well. We are very happy with the
    flexibility and simplicity in administrative procedures. (Jose Galdo, Peru)
  • With the experience I have with the PEP network, my major appreciation for the network is the rapidity and quality of response as concerns review of proposals. (Tabi Atemnkeng Johannes, Cameroon)
  • A.S. Oyekale, Nigeria)

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  • 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 data base
    • 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 (Jane Kabubo-Mariara, Kenya)
  • We suffer the problem of having no local network of people applying this methodology so that there is little local support. (Margaret Chitiga, South Africa)
  • Our experience has been very good. To begin with, it has enabled us to become in touch with research teams facing some of the same dilemmas we face in our research work; this has been an enriching experience, both theoretically and methodologically. Finally, our interaction with PEP researchers has enabled us to take advantage of their experience in order to improve our results. (Maria Ines Terra, Uruguay)
  • Adolf Mkenda, Tanzania)
  • What we have found extremely useful is that PEP has brought together researchers on poverty issues around the world for knowledge and research skill exchanges. (Sangui Wang, China)
  • My working with the PEP network has been quite a useful experience in terms of increasing my exposure to some of the current researches happening across the world on issues related to poverty, both modeling and data-related. Apart from being a forum for meeting different researchers with varying experiences, PEP meetings also enhance the motivation for increasing the quality of work. (Nitesh Sahay, India)
  • Milu Muyanga, Kenya)
  • Encouragement and support from the people working for the PEP always stimulate progress of our study. PEP has provided us with opportunity to meet and talk with researchers who have common interests with us, which helps us get wider and better understanding of poverty and poverty study. (Pingping Wang, China)

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  • Thanks, I really find the new format of PEP-Talk very accessible and reader-frinedly. Regards (Servaas van der Berg, South Africa)



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PEP meetings

  • The meetings are useful and inspirational in the sense that seeing what others are doing spurs doing the same and better. (Adolf Mkenda, Tanzania)
  • PEP meetings have been very useful. They have provided us with a scope for discussion and information exchange that enabled us to get in touch with researchers working in similar areas, to take advantage of their research experience and benefit from their suggestions. They have also enabled us to become acquainted with the research problems faced in other countries and the solutions adopted by other research teams around the world. (Maria Ines Terra, Uruguay)
  • The PEP annual meeting that brings researchers from different parts of the world together to share experience is highly commendable. (Hyacinth Ementa, Nigeria)
  • The annual workshops are excellently organized and facilitated. (Patrick Birungi, Uganda)
  • Apart from being a forum for meeting different researchers with varying experiences, PEP meetings also enhance the motivation for increasing the quality of work. (Nitesh Sahay, India)
  • The PEP meetings provide immense benefits to all research teams.  The meeting is extremely important as it provides research teams an opportunity to: (a) present their research findings; (b) be an avenue for discussion; (c) gather advices and comments; and (d) interact with resource persons (internal and external) and fellow researchers.  (Erwin Corong, Philippines)
  • Thanks for a splendid, inspiring conference. (Ronelle Burger, South Africa)
  • During our participation in the PEP meeting in Dakar and Colombo, we find these to be very useful not only in terms of making the presentation and receiving feedback from the resource persons and participants, but also in terms of touching base with fellow researchers from different developing countries. Attending the meetings is undoubtedly a very enriching experience especially for our young researchers. (Hazel Malapit, Philippines)
  • Christian Emini, Cameroon)
  • Nakar Djindil Syntiche, Tchad)
  • Mohamed Ayadi, Tunisie)
  • Maria-Laura Alzua, Argentina)
  • These meetings are very useful. The aspect of the meetings I most appreciate is the two-day workshop prior to the meetings which comprise two rigorous days of learning. I believe this alone justifies the airfare and conference costs! It is very useful for exchanging ideas and information with peers, and building networks. (Dileni Gunewardena, Sri Lanka)

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Study visits

  • PEP gave all the technical assistance to ensure successful completion of the project. This was through access to literature, software and heavy technical assistance during the study visit. (Jane Kabubo-Mariara, Kenya)
  • Our research team benefited from my visit to the University of Laval and our participation in the workshops held in Dakar and Colombo. I think these experiences were extremely useful. The materials offered in those events and published in the PEP website have been extremely useful for our work. I think that my visit to Laval was also quite helpful, since it was at that time then when the final model and the simulations were defined. (Marie Ines Terra, Uruguay)
  • The new innovation of inviting researchers from developing countries to spend a few weeks in a research institute or university is no doubt a great program that should be sustained. It was for us particularly a great experience. (Hyacinth Ementa, Nigeria)
  • The research visits to Laval are not only well organized, but also teach and help expose researchers to different resource persons working in the area poverty analysis. (Patrick Birungi, Uganda)
  • Indeed, their utmost commitment through e-mail correspondence and more importantly, during the study visit of the team leader in Laval University significantly helped the team carry out the final stages of the research. (Erwin Corong, Philippines)
  • Kossi Agbeviade Djoke, Togo)

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Suggestions for improvement

  • Finally, here is a list of suggestions for improvement from researchers, many of which have already been taken up:
    • Extend PEP general meeting beyond five days to allow more interaction with resource persons and time to read papers.
    • Invite more top international experts as resource persons for PEP general meetings.
    • More presentations by resource persons during the meetings.
    • Provide support in preparing reports for publication.
    • Increased funding (to purchase software, publish a book, finance graduate students)
    • A PEP professional journal to disseminate results.
    • Consultation with policy makers in the elaboration of proposals.
    • Greater participation of policy makers in PEP meetings.
    • Provide awards for the best research projects.
    • More Latin American researchers.
    • Prolongation of study visits
    • Provide local resource persons
    • More downloadable articles on PEP web site.
    • Reduce delays in money transfers (Western Union)
    • Separate networks by language to allow longer presentations and more interaction.
    • Create a forum on the web site for sharing do files and databases.
    • Develop collaborative projects in different countries, for comparison of results, policies etc but also for network building.
  • PEP should improve on the procedures for booking flights for workshop participants. It is not good just booking with any Airline. Some of these constitute a lot of problems to some participants in terms of flight delay and missing of flight, especially when there are stopovers.
  • Sara Wong, Ecuador)
  • We would like to suggest that there should be an external reviewer for each project under consideration, who should evaluate the report at every stage.  This person may be a complete outsider to the PEP network and should evaluate each project report on the basis of its scientific contributions and policy relevance, as is commonly expected of a journal referee.  Also, the time lag between defence of a proposal and its formal acceptance is somewhat long.  We hope it could be shortened. (Sugata Marjit, India)
  • The PEP meetings are very relevant as far as capacity building is concerned, but it would be necessary for policy makers or members of governments from countries where projects have been funded to participate in such meetings. This would help consolidate one of the objectives of PEP which is to see that the research it funds contribute most effectively to poverty alleviation. (Tabi Atemnkeng Johannes, Cameroon)

PEP External Evaluations

PEP Internal Evaluations

Following implementation of the PEP Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy in 2010, , progress assessments of PEP activities in terms of scientific outputs, capacity building and policy impact have been produced and published on a regular basis.


PEP Internal Monitoring and Evaluation Report - May 2011

PEP Internal Monitoring and Evaluation Report - November 2011

PEP Internal Monitoring and Evaluation Report - February 2013

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