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The Research

The central objective of the WED research in Ethiopia is to contribute to an improved collaborative understanding of the dynamics of inequality, poverty and quality of life, and the interlinkages between them, by developing and using an integrated multi-disciplinary conceptual framework, and appropriate methodological tools. This will result in an innovative approach to the study of wellbeing in developing countries, and an analysis of inequality, poverty and quality of life in Ethiopia, based on that approach.

The Research Team

The core Ethiopia WeD Research team consists of social anthropologists, sociologists, an economist and a psychologist; within Ethiopia we have also identified a wider network of social scientists to whom we can turn for advice and support. In Bath we have three post-graduate students whose research is Ethiopia-WeD related, and two economists with a particular interest in Ethiopia. We are conducting our initial Resources and Needs Survey in collaboration with economists from the Department of Economics at AAU, IFPRI (Washington) and the CSAE at the University of Oxford.

Links to Policy and Practice

The Ethiopia-WeD team believes that development research should be designed, conducted and disseminated in dialogue with policy-makers and practitioners; this belief has guided the design of our launching workshop (February 2003), our Advisory Board, and our networking practices. One module in our first fieldwork endeavour, conducted in 20 rural sites between July and September 2003, investigated local implementation and experiences in fifteen policy areas.

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