from August 2021

PEP is offering four online distance-learning courses in Applied Development Economics from January to April 2022.

Courses in Policy Impact Analysis, Computable General Equilibrium Modelling, Measuring and Alleviating Poverty and Inequality, and Gender Analysis in Economic Policy Research.

Application deadline: October 1, 2021

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8 September 2021
PEP session at 2021 WIDER Development Conference

Join PEP researchers from Argentina, Benin and Pakistan in this online session for insights on What we can learn from inclusive adaptation and recovery policies responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Find out more about this PEP session, the conference, program, and how to register (free).

From 30 September 2021
New session: Development Economics Skills Webinars 12 noon UTC

PEP’s Research Fellows are hosting a new series of free online seminars (from September to November) to explore a range of cutting-edge topics relating to development economics.

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Agricultural investments can mitigate climate change effects in Burkina Faso

Local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to share their recommendations for reducing climate change-induced poverty, particularly among women.

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Call to target women farmers’ structural disadvantages to improve food security in Cameroon

A team of local PEP researchers shared recommendations for reducing the gender productivity gap among smallholders in Cameroon at their national policy conference.

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Calling for a women’s agricultural credit guarantee in Burkina Faso

A local PEP research team held a national policy conference to discuss how facilitating women’s access to agricultural credit can boost their empowerment.

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Promoting affirmative action policies to boost employment equality in Senegal

A team of local PEP researchers held an online policy conference to share how to improve employment among women and youth via affimative action policies.

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Advocating for investment in Senegal’s hotel and civil engineering sectors

Local PEP researchers held an online policy conference to call for investment in the sectors where women and graduates work, to reduce national unemployment.

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Facilitating the financial inclusion of Benin's rural women micro-entrepreneurs

Despite the majority of women in rural Benin developing microenterprises, most remain financially excluded. A variety of government and financial institution programs have aimed to address this problem by offering microcredit. However, most of these programs have been marked by low repayment rates. A team of local researchers found that informal financing can be better than formal credit for increasing the profits of women-led rural microenterprises, depending on the age and education level of the woman entrepreneur, and the type of activity she is operating. The flexibility of financing through social networks appears to be the main advantage of informal credit.

Find out more in the PEP policy brief 233 and the working paper 2021-07

Diversification strategies and well-being of rural women in Senegal

Women in Senegal provide 60% of the agricultural labour force and over 70% of food production, but the majority in rural areas are poor and their production capacity is limited. The Senegalese government is supporting agricultural diversification under its inclusive development objectives. However, a team of local PEP researchers have found that non-farm diversification is more effective. When women participate in high-yield non-agricultural activities, their monthly income increases, they gain economic empowerment and their household food security improves.

Find out more in the PEP policy brief 237 and the working paper 2021-16

Most popular PEP reads, May-Aug 2021

Working Paper: L’impact du Covid-19 sur l’économie Sénégalaise : une perspective de genre by Hélène Maisonnave and François Cabral (2,635 downloads)

Policy Brief: The role of micro and small enterprises in reducing unemployment and poverty in Ethiopia by Ermias Engida, Saba Yifredew, Feiruz Yimer, Ibrahim Worku Hassen, Mekdim Regassa (2,036 downloads)

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