PEGNet Conference 2020

Call for papers

PEGNet plans to hold this year's annual conference in Kampala in September. The call for papers has been launched. The topic is "addressing fragility and conflict in developing countries.

The Poverty, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet), which links academic institutions to development agencies, plans to hold its annual conference in Kampala. The conference will be co-organised by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by the KfW Development Bank.

Fragility and conflict are a significant challenge to development and constrain efforts to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development. Conflicts have severely stunted economic growth in many low income countries and continue to be one of the leading causes of humanitarian crises. The PEGNet conference 2020 aims to address the causes and consequences of fragility and conflict in developing countries. The conference will include plenary discussions that seek to provide research and policy based answers to the questions:
• What are the causes of fragility and conflict within and between countries?
• How can policy and financing options for the forced displacement crisis be developed and implemented?
• How can non-state actors such as the private sector be involved in developing innovative financing solutions for fragility, conflict, and violence?
• How can state fragility be reduced and what measures should be undertaken to ensure rapid responses to protracted and recurring crises?
• How can strong partnerships for sustainable development and peace be built with humanitarian, security, diplomatic, and development actors?
Conference format

The PEGNet Conference 2020 will provide a platform for development scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to reflect on leading research on conflict, fragility as well as other topics in development economics that are related to the poverty-inequality nexus. Papers submitted through the call for papers will be presented in the parallel sessions. Moreover, there will be a best practice award, for which applications are also inveted.

For more information, please go to:

Correction 3 April 2020: The venue of the conference will be Kampala, the capital of Uganda. We regret to have initially indicated Bonn, last year's venue, by mistake.

Related Articles


Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require good governance – from the local to the global level.


The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to transform economies in an environmentally sound manner, leaving no one behind.