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Funding local research to help end extreme poverty


Launching on 24 July, the DEEP Ethiopia Challenge Fund will award small and medium grants to local researchers who are working on national poverty reduction in Ethiopia.

Poverty reduction through sustained economic growth has been one of the overarching development objectives in Ethiopia, particularly since the start of the new millennium, and the Government of Ethiopia has implemented various national development plans and strategies with a particular focus on poverty reduction.

Indeed, the country has seen dramatic poverty reduction in recent times – nearly halving between 1996 and 2016. Reaching those still living in poverty will be challenging however, and so will preventing impoverishment among those living just above the poverty line. Climate change, conflict and the Covid-19 pandemic have left many people at risk of impoverishment and will continue to exacerbate chronic poverty.

Research has a crucial role to play in informing poverty reduction policies and programmes and can build a more comprehensive understanding of how poverty is affecting people’s lives and the factors that influence different trajectories.

The Challenge Fund aims to encourage national researchers and analysts to develop and deliver research that will help to generate insights and evidence to improve national strategy, policy and programmes affecting poverty and vulnerability to poverty in Ethiopia.

To ensure that the commissioned research meets identified evidence gaps and supports ongoing initiatives to reduce extreme poverty, the research focus, aims and scope of the Challenge Fund will be shaped and defined by Ethiopian policy makers, research communities and other key stakeholders.

A Steering Committee will provide ongoing support during grant awards and implementation and will support dissemination and policy impact opportunities using the research outputs.

The application process will begin post-24 July 2024, following an official launch workshop in Ethiopia. Grant allocation will be based on a competitive bidding process.

Launch workshop

An in-person DEEP Challenge Fund launch workshop will be held in Ethiopia in 24 July 2024 at Hyatt Regency to outline the priority research themes, scope and guidelines – registration details will be added to this page soon. Presentations will be delivered by the Steering Committee and DEEP representatives, OPM Ethiopia staff and relevant stakeholders. The technical and management aspects of the fund will be discussed, and there will be opportunities for potential applicants to ask questions. Presentations and workshop recordings will be available for researchers who cannot attend.

Register for the launch event.

If you cannot join us in person, register here to join us via Zoom.

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Applications will open post-24 July, shortly after the launch workshop has taken place.