A CEPR / DFID Research Initiative

This study examines the impact of the provision of information regarding East African Community protocols on investment and cross-border trade by female traders in Uganda.
By analyzing small-scale enterprises in Egypt's carpet industry, this project disentangles causal effects of exporting on productivity and welfare measures, as well as analyzes the firm-specific factors that contribute to export success.
PEDL's second Special Call for Researchers based in Low-Income Countries is now closed. The deadline for submissions was 1 September 2014.
This study investigates the presence of high-risk, low-return borrowers among microfinance clients by examining the hypothetical loan demand of Ugandan entrepreneurs.
The second issue of our newsletter highlights some of the findings from our most recently funded ERG studies, including two projects from the 2013 Special Call for PhD students.

Private Enterprise Development for Low-Income Countries (PEDL) is a joint research initiative of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Department For International Development (DFID). It offers a competitive research grants scheme for projects related to the behaviour of firms in Low-Income Countries (LICs) that aim to better understand what determines the strength of market forces driving efficiency in these countries.

Since the launch of the initiative in December 2011, 59 Exploratory Grants, 16 Major Grants and 15 Special Exploratory Grants have been awarded, ranging from business transformation in low-income countries to market incentives and efficiency.

An important criterion for funding of grant proposals is their relevance to policy in Low-Income Countries (LICs) and other eligible countries as defined by the PEDL programme. For more information on our grants, please see our Funding page.