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a) Research undertakings

 

Since the establishment of EEPRI as the research outfit of the Association, several policy related research activities have been undertaken by the respective research divisions.

  • The research activities can be categorized into core-research undertakings, self-initiated but non-core research works, collaborative research, and commissioned or demand driven research activities.
  • The research results are disseminated to policy makers and other stakeholders through dissemination workshops and are published in the various publications of the Association.

 

b) Organizing conferences, workshops, lectures and regular discussion forums

 

  • The Association has a long history in organizing Annual Conferences where research papers on the Ethiopian Economy were presented. Starting from the 12th annual conference, EEA has transformed the national conferences to international conferences which are conducted on a yearly basis.
  • In collaboration with the Chapters of EEA, the Association has organized regular Annual Regional Conferences at regions.
  • The Association also organizes different workshops on different thematic and timely issues.
  • EEA/EEPRI has the culture of organizing public lectures by inviting prominent and renowned local or expatriate economists to speak on different thematic and timely issues with the aim of creating platforms for sharing their experiences.
  • The Association has been also active in organizing regular bi- monthly Round Table Discussions (RTDs) on which timely and relevant economic issues were discussed. Since 2003, EEA had started organizing a different kind of forum called “Vision 2020 Ethiopia” in which long term developmental issues are discussed on a monthly basis.

 

 c) Publications of EEA

 

The research findings of EEPRI and the outcomes of workshops, conferences and discussion forums are published and distributed to the different stakeholders in various formats. Some of the regular publications of EEA and its outfit include the following:

  • Conference proceedings - selected papers presented on the annual conferences and the international conferences are published in the form of conference proceedings;
  • Economic Focus - the papers presented at the RTDs and Vision 2020 forums, with the comments and views reflected, and other articles are published in the bulletin of the Association titled Economic Focus. A compiled version of twelve presentations on Vision 2020 was also published in Amharic as a book; so far two books published.
  • Ethiopian Journal of Economics - a bi-annual journal, in which economic research findings are published;
  • Annual Economic Reports - provides an independent review of the performance of the Ethiopian economy;
  • Quarterly Reports - reviews the performance of the macroeconomic variables quarterly;
  • Other publications - EEA/EEPRI publishes different working papers, research reports on various research findings and  monographs regularly

 

d) Economic and social Database

  • Since 2004, EEA/EEPRI has started producing an electronic social and economic database on a CD-ROM.

 

e) Short-term trainings and Internships

  • Several short term trainings are provided on different economic issues to EEA members and other targeted community members.
  • EEA invites third year undergraduate economics students from the different universities in the country for a two months internship program during the summer. It also provides internship facility for economics students from different universities outside the country by request.

 

 f) Collaborative works and Policy advices

 

EEA/EEPRI is often engaged in collaborative works with international organizations, the government of Ethiopia, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations in addition to providing policy advices for such organizations.

 

 g) Documentation services

  • The Documentation center has a collection of around numerous materials which includes books, journals, newsletters, proceedings, CD-ROMs, video and audio cassettes.
  • The Center also provides internet services, offline database and loan to its members, university students and the general public.

 

 h) Other activities

  • As part of the sustainability strategy and expand its activities, EEA constructed a four storey building with a cost of more than 32 million Birr around CMC area on a plot that is leased from the Addis Ababa City Administration that house the Association’s head office and its research wing EEPRI. In the future, the Training Institute that will be established will be also housed in the building.
  • EEA plans to launch a graduate program in Development Economics in its Multi-purpose Building. The program plans to train reasonable number of graduate students per annum. It also projects to train substantial large number of government officials and private sector management personnel in its capacity building short-term training programmes by the Training Institute.