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  • Blog post

    Housing in Hawassa: How to accommodate migrant labour in industrialising cities

    Lessons from China might inform urbanisation and industrialisation in Ethiopia, including labour rights and housing policies within an expanding manufacturing market. As we discuss in the first blog of this China-Africa series, urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa has so far not been accompanied by a process of industrialisation, contrasting with the development...

    30 Nov 2020 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos, Nicolas Lippolis

  • Project

    The impact of COVID-19 on Ethiopia’s industrial parks: A rapid review

    Over the past decade, the government of Ethiopia has pursued a strategy of labour-intensive industrialisation through export-oriented light manufacturing. The strategy is predicated on the use of low-cost labour as a source of competitive advantage within global value chains. For this purpose, the government has encouraged large-scale foreign direct investment (FDI) in the...

    23 Oct 2020 | Pramila Krishnan, Christian Meyer, Andualem Mengistu

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Firms in Ethiopia’s industrial parks: COVID-19 impacts, challenges, and government response

    The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge for Ethiopia’s ambitious industrialisation agenda focused on export-oriented light manufacturing. To quantify the impacts of COVID-19 on firms in Ethiopia’s export processing zones, the World Bank Group in cooperation with the Government of Ethiopia administered a phone survey of firms. Survey data suggest...

    23 Oct 2020 | Pramila Krishnan, Eduard Krkoska, Koen Maaskant, Andualem Mengistu, Christian Meyer

  • Project

    The impacts of COVID-19 in the Amhara National Regional State

    Since Ethiopia’s first case of COVID-19 on 13 March 2020, the number of confirmed cases displayed a steady but manageable increase until the end of June 2020. Nevertheless, the country has witnessed a sharp spike in the number of confirmed cases and deaths in July 2020, and it is difficult to determine which side of the peak Ethiopia is on. However, there is enough...

    4 Aug 2020 | Tilahun Emiru, Getachew Abegaz

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    Pass-through shocks and income: The impact of COVID-19 on remittances in Ethiopia

    Following COVID-19 induced global restrictions on the movement of people and activities, the Ethiopian economy, particularly the external sector, has faced significant challenges. COVID-19 related global disruptions have considerably affected tourism, exports, imports, and remittances to the country. The Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social...

    10 Jul 2020 | Seneshaw Beyene, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde

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    Projecting the impact of COVID-19 on exports in Ethiopia

    Agriculture exports will likely be the hardest hit, impacting poor rural livelihoods most. Domestic demand needs to be stimulated and protected. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa, home to more than 110 million people and one of the fastest growing economies. Growth averaged more than 10% annually over the past decade and a half, leading to substantial...

    24 Jun 2020 | Seneshaw Beyene, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde

  • Blog post

    Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on vegetable value chains in Ethiopia

    Measures to contain COVID-19 are expected to have significant effects on food value chains—but with important differences between commodities. Horticultural products are expected to be especially vulnerable because of their seasonal labour requirements and high perishability. In a recent survey, Seneshaw Tamru, Kalle Hirvonen, and Bart Minten tried to assess immediate...

    14 May 2020 | Seneshaw Beyene, Kalle Kalle Hirvonen, Bart Minten

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    Worker turnover and job flows in the formal private sector of Ethiopia

    Creating a sufficient number of stable and well-paying jobs remains a major challenge for African economies. Urban labour markets in the region are marked by high informality and unemployment rates, and most jobs offer minimum job security and typically very low wages. Indeed in Ethiopia, the informal economy is estimated to account for over 38% of GDP with data from the...

    14 Feb 2020 | Måns Söderbom, Admasu Shiferaw, Getnet Alemu

  • Project

    Collect and archive policy and statistical documents

    In Ethiopia, obtaining important policy documents can be time-consuming. This is partly because some government documents are not available online, requiring researchers to physically go to the government offices to obtain the documents. Also, researchers may need to fill out paperwork in order to access some documents. This can tax the researchers’ time and, hence,...

    18 Dec 2019 | Yared Seid

  • Project

    Job Flows and labour mobility in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Ethiopia

    Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth since the millennium contrasts with its lack of structural transformation and modest employment growth in the formal sector. High youth unemployment rate in urban areas (above 25 % on average) and relatively low real wages among the employed remain important policy challenges. Unfortunately, only a few studies have attempted to...

    18 Dec 2019 | Måns Söderbom, Admasu Shiferaw, Getnet Alemu