Research and policies must be tailored to specific circumstances to be effective. IFPRI’s country-specific programs engage in “real-time” research within different regions and countries to gather data that accurately represent on-the-ground situations.
Key Research and Outcomes from 2011
The Pakistan Strategy Support Program was launched in July 2011 with an aim to create a more favorable investment environment for enterprise growth, particularly in the agriculture sector. The program works closely with the Planning Commission of Pakistan and other institutions to establish priority research areas.
The Middle East and North Africa region received a lot of attention worldwide in 2011, and IFPRI researchers published a policy brief titled Economics of the Arab Awakening, which examined the idea that public dissatisfaction with the standard of living, low wages, high unemployment, and corruption could have been measured long before the Arab Spring began to register with Western societies.
The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) expanded its coverage to include five countries in Asia. National consultations were undertaken to identify where capacity strengthening is needed most. ReSAKSS continued its work in Sub-Saharan Africa, conducting technical reviews of national investment plans in 11 countries.
In May 2011, IFPRI hosted the “Economic Transformation in Africa” conference in Accra, Ghana, which highlighted complementary perspectives on economic transformation, including the positive effects of real exchange rate undervaluation on growth, the role of migration, and productivity effects of urban agglomeration. Seven case studies drawn principally from IFPRI’s Country Strategy Support Programs included reviews of national development strategies, patterns of urbanization, and sectoral growth outcomes.