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Effectively Fighting Poverty – “Global Colleagues” Receives Mulert Award 2016

The German Fulbright Alumni Association is proud to announce that this year’s Jürgen Mulert Award on Mutual Understanding is bestowed to the project “Global Colleagues”. Global Colleagues is a worldwide, one-to-one partnership project between researchers, teachers and advisers who work on poverty designed to enhance policy effectiveness in fighting global poverty.

Robert Lepenies, founder and manager of Global Colleagues, will be presented with the Mulert Award for his confidence that severe poverty is most effectively addressed if policy is informed by research, and if the research dialogue includes diverse skills, experiences and voices. Vanessa Wergin, president of the German Fulbright Alumni Association, affirms that “the project combines intercultural exchange with support for policy makers in their efforts fighting poverty worldwide. Global Colleagues thus fosters mutual understanding in an extremely pressing field.”

Global Colleagues attempts to match multidisciplinary poverty scholars in one-to-one partnerships and encourages participants to collaborate, to share reading recommendations and research insights, information on conferences, workshops as well as to offer introductions to research networks where appropriate. Partnerships are established for the duration of one year, renewable for further one-year periods by mutual consent. In 2015, Global Colleagues brought together 68 participating scholars from 31 countries, also thanks to the help of many volunteers. 

Global Colleagues is one of the flagship programs of Academics Stand Against Poverty, a global association of poverty scholars.

Please see here for the press release.



Mulert Award winner Robert Lepenies

Robert holds a PhD in Political Science from the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin (BTS), a MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, The Queen’s College. He currently works as Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB) after having been a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute. In 2012-13, Robert was Fulbright-Schuman Fellow of the Global Justice Programme at Yale University.

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