from July 2021

Five project teams selected for Climate Change in Africa initiative

36 researchers and government officers in five sub-Saharan African countries receive PEP support under the Climate change in Africa: Impacts and responses for women and girls initiative, funded by Global Affairs Canada.

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PEP researchers on the international stage

Over a dozen PEP researchers presented their research projects at high-profile international online conferences since June, sharing their findings with hundreds of academics and researchers from institutions around the world.

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2020-21 Publication Awards for PEP Fellows

PEP awards prizes for the three best journal publications and the most downloaded working paper by our Research Fellows.

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PEP welcomes Professor Heinrich Bohlmann as the new Research Director for Macro-Micro Policy Modeling

Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Heinrich is an experienced economic policy researcher specialising in computable general equilibrium modelling.

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PEP welcomes Professor Sylvain Dessy as new Research Co-Director for Microeconomic non-experimental analysis

As a professor in the Department of Economics of Université Laval in Canada, Sylvain brings a wealth of research and teaching expertise to the role.

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PEP thanks Margaret Chitiga for her outstanding contribution

As she steps down from the role of Research Director for the Macro-Micro Policy Modeling research group, PEP thanks Professor Margaret Chitiga for all that she has contributed to PEP’s activities and impact.

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Calling for diversification to increase income and wellbeing in rural Senegal

Local PEP researchers organised a national policy conference online to share their recommendations for improving rural women’s wellbeing through non-farm diversification.

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Promoting measures to protect women farmers from climate shocks in Lesotho

A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to discuss policies that can help Lesotho’s rural women protect their livelihoods against floods and droughts.

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Promoting biomass power in
Côte d’Ivoire

A team of local PEP researchers convened government and civil society stakeholders to discuss how decentralized electrification through biomass power plants can improve rural women’s empowerment.

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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.

Catch up with the recordings from each session.

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Allocating land to women: An asset for the Congolese economy

Gender inequalities are prevalent in the Congolese labour market and hamper sustainable development. The DRC's heavy dependence on the mining sector is likely to exacerbate these inequalities. Promoting economic diversification is essential for reducing gender inequalities, reducing poverty, and improving living standards in the DRC. A team of local researchers found that increasing women’s land allocation by 40% would increase the contribution of the agricultural sector to GDP and thus promote economic diversification. It would also increase rural women’s income and reduce gender inequality.

Find out more in the PEP policy brief 231 and the working paper 2021-14

Small-scale off-grid energy systems: Improve productivity by increasing women’s access to electricity in rural Nigeria

Less than a quarter of people living in rural areas of Nigeria have access to electricity, stifling the country’s productivity and development. The situation is especially dire for rural women who provide the greatest share of household and farm labour yet are the poorest. A team of local PEP researchers found that small-scale, off-grid technologies—particularly standalone solar home systems and solar lamps—should be deployed alongside mini-grids under the government’s Rural Electrification Fund policy to increase rural electricity access that supports women’s domestic and farm work.

Find out more in the PEP policy brief 230 and the working paper 2021-17

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).

PEP shares opportunities and events from the development research community that may be of interest to our members. PEP is not involved in the organization of these calls/activities.
Contact the organizers directly for any further information.