Informing Policy with Research

Policy Studies Institute (PSI) was established by merging two state-owned think tanks, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) and Policy Study and Research Center (PSRC).



Conduct high quality research and policy analysis


Knowledge dissemination, exchange & dialogue platform


Build professional competence and capacity of institutions


Research, policy and strategy issues

Who We Are

Policy Studies Institute (PSI) is a policy think tank engaged in:
  • Economic, social and governance research and policy analysis
  • Bridging research and policy
  • Capacity building
  • Knowledge dissemination and exchange and
  • Consultancy

Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives of PSI are to:
  • Conduct high quality and objective economic, social and governance research and policy analysis
  • Disseminate research outputs and results
  • Build professional competence and capacity of Ethiopian research and beneficiary institutions in economic, social and governance policy analysis and research
  • Respond to research and policy needs of the government and the economy from short to medium and long-term perspectives
  • Serve as an effective platform for knowledge dissemination, exchange and dialogue

Our Principles

In seeking to achieve its objectives and goals, PSI is guided by the following principles:
  • To the extent possible, research engagement is need-based and responsive
  • It aims to undertake research in a scientific mindset,
  • PSI carries out its activities in partnership with diverse national and international partners and stakeholders to ensure quality and relevance and strengthens national capacity
  • PSI and its partners strive to work in close collaboration with stakeholders at national and regional levels in identifying research areas and policy issues as well as disseminating outputs of the studies

Establishment and Mission

PSI was established in November 2018 by the Ethiopian government with the mission to:
  • Conduct rigorous research and policy analysis that provide knowledge-based inputs to policy making and policy implementations, and
  • Disseminate its research outputs and findings to the policy and research community, academia, the development community and other stakeholders.
PSI was established by merging two state-owned think tanks, EDRI and PSRC, whose backgrounds are described as follows
Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI)

Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI)

Established as a semi-autonomous institution with Council of Ministers Regulations No. 54/1999 in August 1999, the objective of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) was to undertake studies and research on the development of the country. Upon its establishment, the research areas EDRI used to focus on was Agriculture and Rural Development; Macroeconomic Research and Modeling; and Microeconomic and Sectoral Development. It later expanded its emphatic areas by opening additional research centers to form five research centers: Macroeconomic and Trade Research Center, Agriculture and Rural Development Research Center, Micro &Sectoral Development Research Center, Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC), and the Ethiopian Center for Child Research (ECCR). The institute also had a full-fledged policy analysis unit, Economic Policy Analysis Unit (EPAU).
Numerous studies and research projects had been conducted by the institute. Most of these had been disseminated to stakeholders by way of publication and presentations on workshops, seminars, conferences and discussion forums. The institute had also been contributing in the policy arena. To mention few: it had played a significant role in advising government on price inflation management and on establishment and operation of the country’s commodity exchange;  it had taken an active part in the government’s endeavors to modernize the trade sector through the realization of a modern wholesale trading system; it had supported the formulation of Ethiopia’s second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) and was supporting the implementation of its Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy (CRGE);
Policy Study and Research Center (PSRC)

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  Policy Studies Institute (PSI) and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) conducted a workshop on Ethiopia’s macro level productivity report on February 17, 2020 at Intercontinental Addis hotel....
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The Macroeconomic and Finance Policy Study sector of PSI conducted a brief meeting with AidData  on Nov. 4, 2019 at the meeting hall of the center. AidData is a research and innovation lab located at...
A team of delegates of DRC, Development Research Center of the state council of the people’s republic of China, has visited and held bilateral discussions with Policy Studies Institute (PSI) on...
The Environment and Climate Research Centre (ECRC) at Policy Studies Institute (PSI) conducted a validation workshop on Generating Baseline Data for the CRGE Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System on...
PSI co-organized a one day workshop that aimed at disseminating the results of researches on the theme ‘sustainable forest management for a green economy in Ethiopia’ on the 27th of August 2019 at...
The FDRE Policy Studies Institute (PSI) organized a validation workshop on ‘Ethiopia Productivity’ on the 8th of August, 2019 at Eliliy International Hotel. The workshop began with welcoming remarks by...

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Thematic Areas

PSI has study centers that focus on Macroeconomiv and finance policy, Economic Policy, Social Policy, Institutional Building, Democratization & Good Governance Policy Studies.


Policy Advocacy, Partnership and Information Technology Bureau

This is a special Bureau of the institute which has been given the following strategic roles and mandates:
  • Organize debates and discussion forums on policy relevant issues to raise the awareness level of stakeholders;
  • Take part in the preparation of policy documents of different research recommendations and presentation of the same for discussion with the concerned governmental bodies;
  • In line with the mission of the institute, forge new partnerships with like-minded organizations and also enhance the on-going partnerships and;
  • Gather, organize, process, update and provide researchers with various thematic data as input for further research analysis;

Conducting high quality and objective economic research and policy analysis.

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