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TTI Phase 2 Institutional Support: Ethiopian Economics Association

This funding will help strengthen the Ethiopian Economics Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute's (EEA-EEPRI) role as a credible public policy institution in Ethiopia by enhancing its ability to provide high-quality, influential, and policy-relevant research.

About the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
The EEA-EEPRI's objectives include strengthening research capacity, collecting and compiling macroeconomic and sectoral data, and providing information and analysis on economic policy matters. It strives to improve the policy environment through informed public debate and enhanced public participation in policy issues. EEA-EEPRI receives its funding from the Think Tank Initiative (TTI).

Sound research, policy influence
TTI is a multi-donor program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy.

This second TTI phase (2014?2019) will fund 43 institutions. This will help them consolidate their role as credible development actors in their countries, and in some cases, regionally and internationally. For EEA-EEPRI, this project will help enhance its research quality, organizational performance, and policy engagement.

Enhancing research, performance, and policy engagement
Through this support over the next 4.5 years, EEA/EEPRI is expected to
-develop a competent team of full-time researchers
-enhance its profile to encourage external collaboration and partnership
-become a renowned training institute for academics and practitioners, helping them generate and use evidence-based knowledge for development policies
-become a reputable source of good quality, ready-to-use socioeconomic data on Ethiopia
-undertake quality research, training, and policy outreach
-become a more stable and reputable organization that attracts lucrative partnerships and collaboration
-get invited to and organize development discussion forums
-maintain existing partnerships and initiate new ones with key development actors

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
54 months
IDRC Officer
John Okidi
Total Funding
CA$ 1,019,281.00
South of Sahara
Think Tank Initiative
Think Tank Initiative
Institution Country
Project Leader
Assefa Admassie
Ethiopian Economics Association