Dr. Sipangule introduced PEGNet and its primary objectives, which are to facilitate cooperation between researchers and practitioners in developing countries, and to strengthen knowledge exchange between practitioners and policy makers. PEGNet aims to achieve these goals through a number of initiatives. Among them, it organizes the annual PEGNet conference. The conference is held in either an African or European country on an alternating basis.
This year’s conference will be held in Benin in October, on the theme “Improving the Quality of Education and Learning outcomes in Developing Countries’’. Each annual conference hosts 12 to 15 parallel scientific sessions with an open call for papers on any topics related to development economics. Other conference activities include methodological workshops with training, expert discussion meetings, granting of the Best Practice Award, as well as the publication of policy briefs related to poverty, equity and growth. Dr. Sipangule concluded her presentation by emphasizing the myriad of ways in which both researchers and students can benefit from attending the PEGNet Conference.