from June 2021

2020 PEP Annual Report

Published as a web-space, the 2020 PEP Annual Report provides an overall review of the progress, outputs and impact of PEP's activities in research and policy analysis, capacity building, and policy engagement.

We invite you to explore the 2020 PEP Annual Report to find out more about PEP research and PEP researchers’ achievements and innovations during a year of challenges, resilience and adaptation.

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PEP's online courses build technical capacity in developing countries

167 researchers80% from low- or lower-middle-income economies, or fragile situationsparticipate in the 2021 edition of the PEP online training courses and 17 are awarded the Graduate Microprogram Certificate in Development Economics.

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Enhancing collaboration on the Euro-Mediterranean and Africa ecosystems

PEP signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association to enhance expert knowledge and support transparent and inclusive social and economic development in the Euro-Mediterranean and African regions.

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Power in Proximity: Highlights from the 2021 PEP Policy Conference

"The people and institutions with power, influence and funding need to make sure that experts from the countries being discussed are part of the conversation."

On June 4, 2021, PEP brought together over 130 people from around the world to understand the current situation and identify the actions needed to increase the participation and leadership of in-country researchers in development policy debates.

Through the panel discussion, Q&A, and focused discussion groups, several conclusions emerged, pointing to five key areas for action.

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This event concluded the activities of the 2021 PEP Annual Conference.

Encouraging innovative microcredit in Benin

A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to discuss how to improve microfinance programmes to better address the needs of rural women entrepreneurs.

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Development Economics Skills Webinars

PEP’s Research Fellows hosted six free online seminars to explore a range of cutting-edge topics relating to development economics. Held between April and July, recordings of all the events are now available.

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Boost growth and gender equality in South Africa through rural development investment

The population of South Africa faces the triple challenges of high levels of inequality, unemployment and pov­erty, with those living in rural areas and women being the most affect­ed. The national government has implemented rural development plans to help address these challenges through land reform, job creation and increasing agricul­tural production. However, progress is slow. A team of local researchers found that land redistribution and agricultural capital spending can boost economic growth, household welfare, and reduce gender inequalities. However, complementary policies are needed as if the policies are implemented as planned, poverty persists.

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