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2017-04-28

Sustainable energy transitions to support the Climate-Resilient Green Economy Strategy

Ethiopia aims to build a green economy and to follow a growth path that fosters sustainable development. Through the development of its Climate-Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy, which is based on carbon-neutral growth, it envisions attaining middle-income status by 2025. Improving the productivity of the agricultural sector, protecting forests, expanding the coverage of electric power from renewable sources of energy and transitioning into modern and energy-efficient technologies are the main pillars of Ethiopia’s CRGE strategy. 

2017-04-25

First annual conference on Ethiopia’s Green Development Path

On April 25th opened the first Annual Conference on Ethiopia’s Green Development Path. The aim of the annual conference is to create an effective forum for policy makers, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the latest knowledge on the challenges and opportunities of realizing Ethiopia’s climate resilient and green development agenda.

2017-01-26

Request for concept notes to develop collaborative multi-site research projects

SETI (http://seti.duke.edu/) invites concept notes to seed collaborative research related to energy transitions. We particularly welcome proposals for work related to the SETI priority themes, including: Consequences of energy poverty, defined as a lack of reliable access to electricity and other modern fuels Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons from past experiences Impacts of energy transitions at various scales (households, firms, and the regional and global environment) Policy levers and solutions to speed the energy transition; and analysis of their effectiveness Notable gaps in research on energy transitions

2017-01-04

Fellowship for Environmental Studies at Duke Kunshan

Duke Kunshan University is now accepting applications for the new international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program. The iMEP program is a two-year degree offered jointly by Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Nicholas School of the Environment.  Students will study core courses in both environmental management and public policy at Duke Kunshan University (China) and Duke University (United States).  We would really appreciate it if you could share this information with people who might be interested. 

2016-03-29

ECRC held Annual Review Meeting with Norwegian Embassy

On Thursday March 10, the Embassy attended the annual meeting with the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC). ECRC officially launched in February 2015 after a year-and-half of ground work. Norway signed an agreement with Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) in June 2015 to support the establishment of the research center.

2015-06-30

High profile Energy Workshop in Ethiopia completed

A workshop, titled ‘Sustainable energy transitions in low and middle-income countries: lessons for Ethiopia’ was held on June 1st to 3rd in Ethiopia to explore the potential for a new EfD research program on the drivers and impacts of energy transitions.

2015-06-24

Understanding gender relations crucial when dealing with the ”killer in the kitchen”

Effective kitchen stoves that use less firewood and emit fewer greenhouse gases are both cheap and available to the rural population in many developing countries. But the demand for the stove is low. From his field study in Ethiopia, economist Sied Hassen at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, draws the conclusion that the bargaining power in the household is the key for understanding the adoption of more effective stoves.

2015-04-10

Farmers are willing to pay for irrigation

How can charging money for something that was free be a good idea for poor farmers? It turns out that pricing irrigation water will help improve Ethiopian farmers’ efficiency in water use, increase agricultural and food production, and make the population less vulnerable to climate change. One unique contribution of environmental economists is that they collect data from the field and then calculate what natural resources are really worth.

2015-03-30

EfD Ethiopia to be revamped into a new center

Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) is a new research center established in the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) in partnership with the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD), and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The new research center will support green and climate-resilient development in Ethiopia as a knowledge backstop.

2014-11-28

New book on Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa

"This very readable book on Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa looks at different countries’ strategies to use tenure innovations to manage forest resources. An especially interesting contribution is the comparison of China’s privatization of forest rights to the community-based forestry management approach in other developing countries," says Peter Berck, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy, S.J. Hall Professor of Forestry, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

2014-09-15

New Climate Economy Report launch in Ethiopia

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major new international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. The Commission’s work is being conducted by a global partnership of leading research institutes including the host of the EfD Center in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute, as well as the Global Green Growth Institute.

2014-08-19

EEPFE's Center Director and Senior Research Fellow Speaks at IPCC Outreach Event

EEPFE's Center Director and Senior Research Fellow, Alemu Mekonnen (Ph.D) was invited to present at an IPCC outreach event which was held on 18-19 August 2014 at UNCC, Addis Ababa. This was a workshop where IPCCs Fifth Assessment Report was presented and discussed while Ethiopians also made presentations on climate related issues on Ethiopia.

2014-06-24

A Project Proposal in which two EfD Senior Research Fellows are Involved Wins Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Research Grant

A research project proposal entitled ‘Digitization and the Scope for Public-Private Partnership in Agricultural Extension in Ethiopia’, submitted to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under the Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARLs) in which EfD Senior Research Fellow Zenebe Gebreegziabher and EfD Senior Research Fellow Alemu Mekonnen are involved wins about US$ 500,000 grant.

2014-04-28

Is it the Climate or the Weather?

As part of the academic research seminar series being held at Addis Ababa University, in collaboration with the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE), a research seminar entitled “Is it the Climate or the Weather?” was conducted at the Eshetu Chole hall of Addis Ababa University on April 24, 2014.

2014-01-17

EEPFE Research Fellow Presents a Paper on Water, Climate Change, and Health

EEPFE Director and senior research fellow, Dr. Alemu Mekonnen presents a paper entitled, “Ethiopia Climate Strategy and a relevant research agenda” at the workshop on Water, Climate Change, and Health organized by Duke University (USA) with support from Addis Ababa University, the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on January 16, 2014 at ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2013-11-28

Ethiopian Communities Work Together to Conserve Forests

Forest conservation is getting more attention in Ethiopia, from the highest level of government to the community level. As part of these efforts, the EfD center in Ethiopia, Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE), based at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), has been addressing the issue for long period of time and reflected its ideas in different forums.

2013-10-31

Ethiopia - The Emerging Power Hub

Ethiopia is becoming the emerging power hub in East Africa in hope of meeting its growing energy requirements and exporting its surplus to the region. Currently the country is using only about 3% of the total power capacity. This documentary reviews the status of the two major hydropower dam construction activities taking place in the country: the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile and the Gibe III on the Omo River. Senior Research Fellow of EEPFE, Dr. Zenebe Gebreegziabher, was among the interviewed in this program which was aired several times on the national TV in Ethiopia.

2013-09-16

EfD Knowledge Aid

In a brief interview with UNU-Wider Wisdom Akpalu, Associate Professor of Economics at SUNY-Farmingdale, NY, shares his view on the effectiveness of development knowledge aid and the impact of the “Gothenburg mafia” on Africa. A maybe misleading expression which relates to Wisdom himself and his former PhD colleagues who studied at the Environmental Economics Unit of the Economics Department at Gothenburg University.

2013-02-14

Biofuels increase incomes of poor, EfD Ethiopia study shows

Contrary to the notion that increased biofuels production will undermine the food security of developing countries, EfD research results show that it can increase production of both food cereals and cash crops in Ethiopia. However, the effects vary by region.

2012-11-07

Presenting Ethiopia’s Green Growth Strategy

Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE) Research fellow Dr. Abebe Damte presented the Ethiopian Green Growth Strategy at the International Conference on “Sustainable Development, Social Welfare, and Structural Transformation: Does Green Economy Offer New Perspectives?” which was held in Dakar, Senegal from Nov 5-6, 2012. The conference aimed at assessing if the Green Economy offers new perspectives in the efforts targeting sustainable development in Africa.

2012-10-29

Mintewab Bezabih received award for best paper on gender

The paper "The Role of Land Certification in Reducing Gender Gaps in Productivity in Rural Ethiopia" written by EfD research fellow Mintewab Bezabih, EfD Associate Stein T. Holden and Andrea Mannberg, was given the "Uma Lele’s Award to Best Contributed Paper on Gender" at the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).

2012-07-13

Ethiopia: Weather Uncertainity, Climate Change, and Adaptation

A half-day workshop was organized by the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia on July 9, 2012 to discuss recent findings on Climate Change and Agriculture in Ethiopia. The workshop brought together over thirty researchers, academicians, project developers and implementers from over 20 governmental and non-governmental organizations.

2012-03-02

The first Energy Workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Research on energy demand in developing countries is important for many reasons. The existing widespread use of solid energy sources (e.g. fuelwood, dung, charcoal, coal, leaves, twigs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the developing world in general, has a number of environmental implications. Deforestation, disturbance in watersheds, indoor air pollution and loss of biodiversity are some to mention. On the other hand, climbing the “energy ladder” has implications for greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, understanding the pattern of household energy demand and its implications on the environment is crucial to formulate appropriate energy policies that affect household welfare, local environment and climate change.

2012-03-02

Adaptation to Climate Change Workshop held in Gothenburg

Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on the agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan African countries. In this regard, adaptation mechanisms to climate change play a paramount role in reducing the impact on agricultural productivity and food security. With this motivation, the EfD-EEU in Gothenburg, hosted a first collaborative research workshop on the theme “adaptation to climate change in African agriculture” in Gothenburg, Sweden, February 9-10, 2012.

2012-02-24

The first Energy Workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Research on energy demand in developing countries is important for many reasons. The existing widespread use of solid energy sources (e.g. fuelwood, dung, charcoal, coal, leaves, twigs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the developing world in general, has a number of environmental implications. Deforestation, disturbance in watersheds, indoor air pollution and loss of biodiversity are some to mention. On the other hand, climbing the “energy ladder” has implications for greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, understanding the pattern of household energy demand and its implications on the environment is crucial to formulate appropriate energy policies that affect household welfare, local environment and climate change.

2012-01-27

Climate Change hits Africa the hardest – what can be done?

Ethiopia risking average income cut of 30 percent The impacts of climate change on agricultural productivity may reduce the Ethiopian average income by as much as 30 percent within the next 50 years. This and other EfD findings on how climate change is hitting Africa, and in particular Ethiopia, were presented to 60 workshop participants from government, NGOs and multilateral organizations assembled in Addis Abeba. Strategies for adaptation, mitigation and a stronger position in international climate negotiations were discussed.

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