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Centre for Development Policy and Research

CDPR Expertise

CDPR provides expertise in three major areas

Evaluations of Development Projects

CDPR has substantial experience in evaluation of development projects and programmes for a significant range of bilateral and multilateral donors. Examples are an evaluation of national ownership of SIDA-supported programmes and projects in East Africa and an evaluation of UNDP’s role in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper process at the international and country level. Click here to view some of CDPR's previous evaluation projects.

Training and Capacity Building

CDPR has been involved extensively in training and capacity building, with a focus on developing long-term and sustainable knowledge transfer to developing countries. Examples include capacity building for economic policy analysis at the Centre of Economic Reforms in Azerbaijan, funded by the Asian Development Bank; the design and application of UNDP-supported training manuals on pro-poor growth, employment policies, and fiscal and monetary policies for African policymakers. Click here to view some of CDPR's completed projects in the area of training and capacity building.

Applied Policy Research

In addition to drawing on SOAS-wide expertise, CDPR staff and its research associates specialize in the following areas:

Alternative Economic Policies

CDPR has helped a number of countries to formulate alternative economic policies to meet their development goals, such as growth, poverty reduction and the MDGs. These have included macroeconomic policies such as fiscal, monetary and exchange-rate policies as well as structural policies such as financial, industrial and trade policies. A CDPR focus is the link between growth and employment generation. Recent reports have developed economic policies for growth, employment and poverty reduction for the Governments of Moldova, Vietnam and Zambia. Click here to view some of CDPR's completed projects

Global Macro-Modelling

CDPR contributes to ongoing efforts to develop a historically calibrated global macroeconomic model, called the State of the World Economy model, which can generate policy-relevant scenarios for developing countries. Based on data covering the period from 1970 to the present, the model is designed to simulate historical trends and make medium to long-term projections.
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The hallmarks of CDPR’s approach are: reliance on strong regional and country-specific expertise, particularly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East; utilisation of both quantitative and qualitative analysis and economic and political economy methods; application of a multi-disciplinary approach, particularly across the social sciences; close collaboration with developing-country research networks; and emphasis on an independent and critical approach. CDPR also seeks to link with researchers in the natural sciences through its active engagement with the London International Development Centre.