European Union and IDRC Projects

EDRI is uniquely placed to ensure that data and research output are fed into the strategy and policy making processes directly and through its established practice of disseminating research results to all ministries and other stakeholders.
EDRI is partially financed by the government but has been increasingly diversifying its core funding sources: it received from among others TTI/IDRC, ACBF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AFD, DFID, Norwegian Royal Embassy, EFD, and GGGI. Through time EDRI has also developed wide research networks. It has been working with a large number of reputed research organization/academic institutions including IFPRI/ESSP, FADI/GRIPS (Japan), IGC (UK), CSAE (University of Oxford), JICA, AFD, TTI, Norwegian Royal Embassy, EfD, GGGI, UCL, NCE, and SEDRI (Stanford University). It is receiving increasingly large number of requests for collaboration from local, regional and international organizations/institutions and researchers.
EDRI has recently received a three-year research grant from the European Union (EU) to conduct rigorous research on four thematic areas. In what follows the four thematic areas are briefly described

Main Features of Micro and Small Manufacturing Enterprises in Ethiopia

Mulu Gebreeyesus, Abebe Ambachew, Tigabu Getahun, Berihu Assefa, Girum Abebe, Seid Hassen and Haileselassie Medhin
July 2018
The Ethiopian economy has seen remarkable growth over the last decade. In varying degrees all sectors contributed to the registered economic growth. Ethiopia has also made a big push in investment in infrastructure and human development. Cumulatively, this has contributed to increased employment, income, and poverty reduction. Regarding the structure of economy, smallholder agriculture and services are dominant sectors. The structural transformation of the economy through industrialization as envisaged in the industrial policy is yet to be realized. The current contribution of the industry sector to GDP is not more than 17%. Particularly, the current performance of the manufacturing sub-sector is much lower than expected (with 4% GDP share) and the government has given special emphasis for this sub-sector to gradually take the lion’s share in country’s industrial sector.
As can be observed, this is key pillar of the growth and transformation plan (GTP). One of the key strategy to achieve these targets and build an industryled economy is through promoting the development of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs). The Government of Ethiopia has been committed to the development of the MSE sector as it is stipulated in the MSE development strategy and other sectors’ policies and strategies. Similarly, in the second GTP, MSE sector (specially the manufacturing MSEs) is given due emphasis in view of its strategic importance in generating employment as well as a learning platform for entrepreneurship and emergency of value adding, private sector that is willing and able to invest in manufacturing industries. Read more...
Mekonnen Manyazewal
With the Rank of Minster
Executive Director of EDRI
Addis Ababa, 2018

European Union and IDRC Projects

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development(ESBD) Research Program

The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (ESBD) research program is a long-term research program initiated by the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) in 2016. The research program is aimed to fill the existing knowledge gap regarding the development of entrepreneurship and Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in Ethiopia.
The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (ESBD) research program core objectives are:
  1. To conduct rigorous research and produce evidence-based knowledge that can be used to improve the existing policies and practices of the government and all other relevant actors working on MSEs and;
  2. To build a stronger and more integral knowledge support system and database within the country to underpin future policy analysis in small business development.
Toward this the research program has developed detailed work plan for the first three years (July 2016 – June 2019), which involves a baseline data collection from 8174 MSMEs, analysis and outreach to various stakeholders. The implementation of the program is underway as per the plan. The program is financed by the European Union, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the Environmental and Climate Research Centre (ECRC).
The Principal Investigator for this project is Dr. Mulu Gebreeyesus, who is a research fellow at EDRI. The co-investigators are Dr. Tigabu Degu, Dr. Girum Abebe and Dr. Berhiu Assesfa and all research fellows at EDRI and Prof. Wim Naude, Dean of the Maastricht School of Management and Chair in Business and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets in the Maastricht.

Principal Investigator
Mulu Gebreyesus (Ph.D)


SME Finance in Ethiopia: Project Impact Evaluation
Employment, productivity, wage structure and competitiveness in the manufacturing sector: An empirical assessment from Ethiopia
Macroeconomic Analysis for Economic Transformation: A proposal on SAM and CGE in Ethiopia

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