The Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet) is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and hosted by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
PEGNet was founded in 2005 as a joint initiative of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the KfW Development Bank as well as of researchers at the Universities of Goettingen and Frankfurt.
PEGNet‘s mission is to foster research cooperation between academic institutions working on poverty issues in developing countries and to intensify the exchange of knowledge between researchers and development practitioners. PEGNet is committed to bringing together researchers with an interest in issues revolving around the poverty-inequality-growth nexus in developing countries and linking them to the German and international development policy bodies and research institutions.
As a means of fulfilling its mission, PEGNet organizes annual conferences in locations that alternate between European and African countries. The themes of the PEGNet conferences reflect development priorities and topics that are pertinent to the host countries. PEGNet also organizes expert meetings aimed at informing researchers and development practitioners in Germany about cutting-edge research on topics that are prioritized in international development cooperation.
In the past, PEGNet supported a research exchange program to promote the research stays and collaborations between researchers from top-tier universities, think tanks and networks in Africa and Germany. In addition, PEGNet also funded more than 20 research projects through its small project grant that funded projects whose objectives were in line with PEGNet’s core mission.