PEP (Partnership for Economic Policy) with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada has announced a new call for proposals to build and promote research capabilities in developing countries.
In accordance with PEP’s core mission, this initiative includes an important “capacity building” component, and targets teams of researchers* based in developing countries. Selected teams will benefit from the unique and manifold “PEP support program” in the conduct of high quality research projects.
Applicant teams are generally composed of at least one senior researcher, leading several junior researchers, and must:
be gender-balanced (at least 50% female researchers)
be comprised exclusively of individuals born and living in a developing country. Priority is given to low income countries (LICs), fragile and/or conflict states, but proposals are welcome from all developing countries
present sufficient academic and/or professional background in economics research/policy analysis
However, for each PAGE call for proposals, a different list of specific priority issues – yet always under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment – are identified as especially relevant to address specific knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base. These issues are identified by the PAGE policy group – high-level development policy experts from different regions of the world – in collaboration with PEP lead researchers – international experts in the field of development economics.
See below for the list of priority issues for projects to be supported through the second (2013) PAGE funding round:
Safety net complementarities
Providing social protection to the informal sector
Youth employment and entrepreneurship
Employment intensity of non-agricultural growth
Discrimination in credit access for female entrepreneurs
China’s growth: challenges and opportunities for developing country labor markets
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