PEGNet Conference 2010
The Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth Network’s (PEGNet) has held its conference "Policies to Foster and Sustain Equitable Development in Times of Crises" at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Midrand, South Africa, on 2-3 September 2010.
Focusing on the role of ‘Policies to foster and sustain equitable development in times of crises’, the PEGNet Conference once again provided a platform for high-level dialogue between development researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. The two conference days featured sessions based on invited and contributed papers, debates, round tables and keynote speeches by renowned speakers from academia, economic policy and development practice, as well as a Best Practice Award for effective interaction between research and practice. Invited speakers and discussants included Pravin Gordhan (Minister of Finance, South Africa), Joachim von Braun (ZEF Bonn), Joachim von Amsberg (World Bank), Marcela Ibanez Diaz (University of Gttingen), Andries du Toit (University of the Western Cape, SA), Franz Gatzweiler (ZEF Bonn), Trudi Hartzenberg (Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa), Gerald Ajumbo (East African Community Secretariat), Stephan Ohme (Embassy of Germany). In addition, out of a large number of promising projects and initiatives, the second PEGNet Best Practice Award for effective cooperation between research and practice was granted to: Andrew Mude from ILRI, Nairobi and his colleagues for the project: Piloting index based livestock insurance in Northern Kenya.