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PENHA to conduct research on Social Protection of Ethiopia

PENHA in partnership with the University College London (UCL) and Adigrat University of Ethiopia has secured a grant of €301,436 from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to assess the social protection policy of the Government in the Afar Region.

The two years project aims to address two critical questions:

  • What type of social protection practices are available in the study area and how are they applied to different population groups? What is their effectiveness? What is the current level of poverty in the study area? How vulnerable are different population groups to poverty? Why has poverty remained high compared to other regions of the country?
  • What has the impact of social protection programmes been? What was the impact of PSNP on poverty reduction (income) and risk minimisation?

During its two years lifetime, it will carry out the following activities:

  • Assessing current social protection practices through focus group discussions
  • Determining poverty status and problem and wealth ranking through Participatory Rural Appraisal(PRA)
  • Mapping the challenges and the policy learning opportunities of social institutions and the impacts of the PSNP in the Afar Region
  • Sharing knowledge in a workshop with relevant policy actors at local level, academic and research institutions; and at the regional and international levels 
  • Organise an international conference through a call for papers on the theme: Social protection for inclusive development in pastoralist areas of Sub-Saharan Africa

The research project will be led by Dr. Zeremariam Fre, Lecturer/Consortium Leader from the University College London (UCL) and Dr. Zaid Negash, President of Adigrat University of Ethiopia will work as the principal investigator (PI). The other three research staff from Adigrat University including Araya Teka, Selamawit Teklu and Gabriel Woldu will engage as research associates. Bereket Tsegay from PENHA will work as research associate and research administrator.

PENHA and the Consortium members acknowledge the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for providing the grant to the project in Ethiopia as its results can have major implications for Ethiopia and other Africa countries. 

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