November-December 2020

The PEP Board, Management and Staff wish you the very best for this festive season.

We thank you for your support and continued interest in PEP activities throughout this challenging year. We wish you health and success in 2021.

Please note that the PEP administrative offices will be closed from the 21st December 2020, reopening on the 4th January 2021.

New, innovative data sources from PEP projects now available

PEP has launched a new service providing free public access to primary data collected as part of PEP projects. Published as PEP datasets, these are new and cutting-edge data sources from developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

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Eight new PEP Research Fellows

As part of PEP’s efforts to promote the greater participation of researchers from developing countries in national and international development policy debates, PEP is pleased to announce the addition of eight Research Fellows in 2020.

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Combatting pandemic-induced child poverty in North Africa: UNICEF study with PEP-OPM

New research commissioned by UNICEF-MENA and carried out by PEP and Oxford Policy Management assesses policies to combat increasing child poverty in Tunisia and Morocco caused by the Covid-19 crisis.
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PEP webinar: Designing and contextualising research to solve specific policy problems

PEP staff and researchers discussed the organisation’s approach to making sure policy research is useful and useable as part of the What Works Global Summit 2020.

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Urbanization is improving household welfare in Ethiopia

Urbanization is increasing in Ethiopia and 19% of the population now lives in urban areas. Towns and cities have grown at such a pace that meeting the infrastructure and services needs of the population is a significant challenge. As part of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (2015-2020), the government is monitoring social and economic trends associated with urbanization but little is known about its effects on welfare. Analysing light intensity at night, a team of local PEP researchers found that urban growth—particularly the expansion of small towns—can improve household welfare in the short-term. When small rural towns grow, people have a broader range of economic opportunities, including work outside the farming sector.

Find out more in the PEP working paper 2020-02 and policy brief 204