Research projects

Institute of Development and Policy Research (IDPR)

   Addis Ababa University

Description of Research Projects  

The Institute of Development and Policy Research (IDPR) of Addis Ababa University is currently running two research projects in partnership with the Bureau of Finance and Economic Development of the City Government of Addis Ababa, and Tetra Tech/Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND), USAID – Ethiopia.


Project Title:             Addis Ababa City Poverty Level Assessment Study 2014/15

Project Partner:        Addis Ababa City Government Bureau of Finance and Economic Development

Project Description: The Addis Ababa City Government has designed and implemented Integrated Urban Development Program within the framework of the Ethiopian Growth and Transformation Plan (2010/11 – 2014/15) over the last five years.  The Program, among others, has the objective of reducing unemployment and poverty.  In light of this, it is important to conduct a study in order to assess the extent of poverty in the City.  The study will provide insight, knowledge and information on the extent, nature and causes of poverty in Addis Ababa. It will also identify poverty trends in the last five years and will highlight policy-relevant recommendations in order to design appropriate urban development policies, strategies and plans. The objectives of the study are generally to assess the nature, extent and breadth of poverty in Addis Ababa City. Specifically, the study intends to:

  • examine the dynamics of poverty and inequality over the last five years (2001 – 2006 EFY) using relevant available CSA survey data;
  • identify underlying causes of poverty at different levels (i.e. households, meso- and macro) that diminish capacity of households to respond to conditions created by macroeconomic change and policy reform;
  • measure the gap and severity of poverty in 2006 EFY;
  • come up with specific policy-relevant recommendations for addressing challenges to improve the well-being of the residents.

Project Duration: January – May 2015


Project Title: The Dynamics of Land Transactions in Selected Agricultural and Agro-Pastoral

             Communities of Afar, Oromia and SNNP Regional States of Ethiopia

Project Partner:  Tetra Tech/Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND), USAID – Ethiopia.

Project Description: The project is supported by the Tetra Tech/Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND), USAID – Ethiopia.  The aim of the research project is to explore the forms of land transactions, actors in land transactions, motives for land transactions, and the implication of land transactions for economic development and livelihood security in both the highland/agricultural and lowland/agro pastoral areas in Ethiopia.  The target population includes: 1)the agro-pastoral Karrayu Oromo of Fentale district and the agricultural highland Arsii Oromo of Kofale district in the State of Oromia and 2) two districts from the agro-pastoralists of the Afar and 3) one district of Sidama zone of the regional state of SNNP.

Project Duration:      April, 2015 – March 2016