A CEPR / DFID Research Initiative

PEDL's second Special Call for PhD students is now open! The deadline for submissions is 19 May 2014.
In December 2013 we brought together one of the largest gatherings of economists working on firms in developing countries, and interviewed some of our PEDL researchers.
PEDL's first set of Research Notes have been released; these new publications sum up the results of completed ERG projects and identify potential areas for future research.
The latest set of papers by PEDL researchers includes findings on borrower switching behaviour in Zambia, price setting in Lesotho and mobile salary payments in Afghanistan.

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, 49 Exploratory Grants, 10 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.