• Authored By: Alon Mwesigwa
17 Apr 2022

The Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet) and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) have concluded a four-day training that helped masters and PhD students in Uganda fine-tune their research projects for wider impact.

Professor Rainer Thiele, the Executive Director of PEGNet and director of Kiel Institute of World Economy, said the workshop in Kampala continues a successful trend since 2018 where the organisation has hosted workshops for PhD students.

He said the “event is a longstanding cooperation between EPRC and PEGNet.”

Students with EPRC and PEGNet team after training

“PEGNet has put emphasis on capacity building. After the annual conference in Berlin in 2018 and last year we had a PhD workshop where PhD students presented their research and got feedback from the seniors,” he said.

At least 30 students attended the training in Kampala. They were treated by experts to such subjects as empirical research, impact evaluation and academic writing and publication strategies.

Jordan Paul Ssemwanga, one of the students, described the comments on their reports as “constructive and enriching” and that they would help them refocus and bridge the gaps in their research projects.

Jordan’s research area is the impact of faecal sludge on household economic outcomes: experimental evidence from Uganda

Prof Rainer speaking to speaking via a virtual-connection

The students training was physically facilitated by EPRC team and Milena Baumert, Anika Schumann from PEGNet. Frauke Steglich and Prof Rainer joined virtually.

PEGNet is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and hosted by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.


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