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PEGNet Conference 2011

The Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth Network (PEGNet) conference 2011 on poor countries, poor people, and the new global players was held at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany, September 7 to 9, 2011.

The Conference again provided a platform for high-level dialogue between development researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. It featured parallel sessions based on invited and contributed papers and project presentations. These were complemented by a debate, a roundtable discussion, and keynote speeches by renowned speakers from academia, economic policy and development practice. Speakers included Justin Yifu Lin (World Bank), John Page (Brookings Institution), and Nancy Qian (Yale University).

In addition, the PEGNet Best Practice Award for effective cooperation between research and practice was granted to Habib Benzian and his colleagues from Fit for School (Award page).


Article in D&C

Press release (in German)


Logistical Issues  


The registration is now open. To register, please download the registration document and send it to
The deadline for registration has been extended until August 31, 2011.

Logistical Notes can be downloaded here.

The registration will take place on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 at the City Hall and Thursday and Friday, September 08 and 09, 2011 at the Handwerkskammer.

Program and Papers

The program can be found here (pdf version) or here:

Parallel Sessions

This is a tightly organized conference. Please stay within the time limity shown below. The chairpersons will ensure timely initiation and completion of the components of each session.

Speaker: 20 minutes (each)

Discussants: 7 minutes (each)

Floor discussion: for remainder of the scheduled time

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. The first day (Wednesday) will be hosted by the City Hall. The other days (Thursday and Friday) will take place in the rooms of the Handwerkskammer in Hamburg, Germany.

How to get to the Conference

Travelling to the City Hall: Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg

 By Car

Autobahn A7: Exit Othmarschen, Bahrenfeld or Schnelsen. Drive towards the City Centre, district Hamburg-Mitte.

Autobahn A1: Coming from Lübeck towards Hamburg, exit Hamburg-Horn. Drive towards the City Centre via Sievekingsallee, Bürgerweide, turn right into the Spaldingstraße, Amsinckstraße, and turn right to the Neue Burg. From the Trostbrück turn left into the Börsenbrücke and turn right at Alter Wall.

By Bus

From Hamburg Central Station you can reach the City Hall in about 10 minutes walking. Use the exit "Mönkebergstraße" and then follow the street until "Rathaustraße 1". From the Central Station one also can take the Bus 3, 4, 5, 109. The stop is called "Rathausmarkt". 

By Subway

U3: exit "Rathausmarkt" or "Rödingsmarkt"

U1 + 2: exit "Jungernstieg"

Travelling to the Handwerkskammer: Holstenwall 12, 20355 Hamburg

 By Car

A7: See above.

A1: Coming from Lübeck towards Hamburg, exit Hamburg-Horn. Drive towards the City Centre via Sievekingsallee, Bürgerweide, turn right into the Wallstraße and drive to the end of Sechslignspforte. From there go left to follow the street “An der Alster” until Ferdinandstor and then turn right over Lombardsbrücke straightforward via Esplanaden, Gorck-Fock-Wall until Holstenwall.

There is a parking deck “Bei Schuldts Stift Nr.3”, with about 100 parking spaces. Charges apply and it is connected to the event location.

By Bus

From Hamburg Central Station or train station Altona, you reach the Handwerkskammer with bus no. 112 in about 9 minutes. The stop is called “Handwerkskammer Hamburg” and is located in front of the main entrance.

By Subway

U2: Station “Messehallen”. Use the exit towards “Wallanlagen” and go, passing the courts right, into the Holstenwall. It is a walk of about 400m.


A list of hotels and contingents can be found here. Limited allotments are available until July 31. Hamburg is a popular location. Therefore we strongly recommend that you book your accommodation as early as possible.


It is assumed that delegates who require a visa are in possession of one. Please note that unless your nationality is exempt from visa requirements, you will not be allowed into the country without a visa. If you experience any problems, please notify the PEGNet administration office ( ). 


The conference was co-organised by the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and supported by the KfW Development Bank and the Courant Poverty Research Centre at the University of Göttingen.

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