April 2020

PEP expertise at work to support COVID-19 responses worldwide

PEP-affiliated experts are supporting efforts to design effective policy responses to the Covid-19 crisis in the Philippines and in Guadeloupe, as well as to understand implications for African economies and youth employment in the Western Balkans. 400 contributors have joined PEP's COVID-19 Policy Responses discussion group on Facebook.

Global Affairs Canada awards funding to PEP to assess climage change impacts and responses for women and girls in Africa

Global Affairs Canada has awarded funding to PEP for a three-year research initiative on “Climate change in Africa: Impacts and responses for women and girls”.

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How a production subsidy can boost Nigeria's renewable energy sector, growth and employment

Despite Nigeria’s status as a major global energy producer, access to electricity is severely limited and much of the country’s population is energy poor. The government has set ambitious targets to mitigate the consequences of CO2 emissions, reduce energy poverty, and develop renewable energy sources. A team of local PEP researchers found that a 20% production subsidy for Nigeria’s renewable energy sector would help achieve the government’s goals while also supporting growth and employment.

The team shared their findings at a national policy conference in March.
Find out more in the PEP working paper 2020-01 and policy brief 213

Unstable employment reduces wages and well-being of Kyrgyzstan workers

In Kyrgyzstan, more than 70% of the active labour force is employed informally and less than half of wage employees have a permanent job. A team of local PEP researchers found that employment vulnerability (defined as a lack of job security or stability, underemployment, unwanted jobs, or unstable remuneration) reduces workers’ earnings and well-being. The effect is more severe for women who see their earnings reduced by up to 26%.

Find out more in the PEP working paper 2020-03 and policy brief 211