Call for Papers


Call for Papers

PEGNet Conference 2008:

Assessing Development Impact – Learning from Experience

Accra (Ghana), 11 – 12 September 2008

The Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet) will hold its annual conference at the La Palm Royal Conference Centre, Accra (Ghana), on 11 – 12 September 2008.

Conference Format

Focusing on the role of ‘Impact Evaluation', this year's PEGNet Conference aims at providing a platform for discussing the policy implications of recent research findings. The two conference days will feature sessions with invited and contributed papers, round tables and keynote speeches by renowned speakers from academia as well as operations. There will be extensive room for discussion between researchers and practitioners. The conference will be opened by keynote addresses of François Bourguignon (tbc) and Geoff Lamb (tbc).

Conference themes and selection process

We are interested in high-quality papers that provide new insights on impact evaluation in the following development policy areas:

  • Health and Education

  • Public Service Delivery

  • Micro Finance and Micro Insurance Policy

  • Agriculture

  • Aid (Macro and Fiscal Impact)

  • Foreign Direct Investment

Participants will be selected on the basis of papers or abstracts of about 500 words. Priority will be given to empirical research with clear implications for policy design and implementation. Furthermore, we encourage practitioners to present case studies and/or share their experiences with impact evaluations in operations. Please email your submissions to in a pdf or Word file and indicate ‘PEGNet Conference 2008' in the subject heading. The submission deadline is 15 May 2008. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in July 2008.


The conference is organised by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA), the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

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