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WeD Ethiopia Working Paper Series

Creating content shows that Ethiopia is of interest to the world, and the issues raised in scholarly works are an important step towards solving a variety of problems. Otherwise, if you want to join the scientific field, you can conduct your own research, based on trust resources, or buy term papers online.

Working Paper 1:

Hunger, Poverty and 'Famine' in Ethiopia: Some Evidence from Twenty Rural Sites in Amhara, Tigray, Oromiya and SNNP Regions: Alula Pankhurst and Philippa Bevan

Working Paper 2:

Conceptions of and Responses to HIV/AIDS: Views from Twenty Ethiopian Rural Villages: Alula Pankhurst 

Working Paper 3:

Peasant Reflections on the Agricultural Development Led Industrialization (ADLI) Programme:
Derese Getachew 

Working Paper 4

Hunger, Poverty and Famine In Ethiopia: Mothers and Babies Under Stress: Philippa Bevan


Conference Papers

 Conference Paper 1

Philippa Bevan: Power and Social Policy in Development Contexts: Ethiopia's In/Security Regime.

Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Conference, September 2006.

 Conference Paper 2

Philippa Bevan and Alula Pankhurst: A Sociological Perspective on the Causes of Economic Poverty and Inequality in Ethiopia.

Paper presented at the Inter-Africa Group Symposium on Poverty in Ethiopia, May 2008


Both the Government (PASDEP 2006) and the World Bank (Country Economic Memorandum 2007) have identified a window of opportunity for new policies, accompanied by increased aid, to shift the country to an improved growth and development trajectory, which it is assumed will reduce the country’s poverty. Each document contains a range of explicit and implicit causal explanations of Ethiopia’s poverty to back up their policy proposals. However, there are no theories or conceptual frameworks to order and link the fifty causes of poverty adduced, explicitly or implicitly, in different places in these documents. In order to achieve a more rigorous analysis of the causes of poverty in Ethiopia we show that Ethiopia’s poverty (and non-poverty) is structured and can be explored by deconstructing country-level measures into the nested meso and micro levels of Regions, livelihood systems, communities, households and people. Having mapped the poverties which contribute to Ethiopia’s poverty we argue that what is required for adequate explanations is a theoretical framework for distinguishing and linking different kinds of cause and establishing the social levels at which they originate. Using ideas from critical realism and complexity science we provide such a framework and use it to order the fifty causes in the policy documents. We then use secondary data and data from the Ethiopian Rural Household Survey and the Wellbeing in Developing Countries Ethiopia project to add some causes not included in the policy documents and some important causes of ‘non-poverty’ and draw some conclusions about the complex inter-weaving of the multi-level causes of the re/pro/duction of poverty and inequality in Ethiopia. We conclude with a discussion of some policy implications.

 Conference Paper 3

Alula Pankhurst: Rethinking Safetynets and Household Vulnerability in Ethiopia: Implications of Household Cycles, Types and Shocks

Paper presented at the World Conference of Humanitarian Studies, Groningen 4-7 February 2009


Published papers and book chapters

Philippa Bevan: 'Researching Wellbeing Across the Disciplines: Some Key Intellectual Problems and Ways Forward', Chapter in I.Gough and J.A McGregor (eds.), Well-Being in Developing Countries: New Approaches and Research Strategies (Cambridge University Press: 2006).

Alula Pankhurst: Poverty and Life Quality: Objective, subjective and dynamic measures and interpretation based on household cases from Dinki, Amhara Region. Paper presented at Trondheim ICES Conference June 2007 and published in Proceedings.

Philippa Bevan: ‘Working with Cases in Development Contexts: Some Insights from an Outlier’, Chapter in D. Byrne and C.Ragin, Handbook of Case-Centred Methods London: Sage 2009



The making of the WeD Ethiopia Database: a Work in Progress: Presentation by Philippa Bevan March 2006 (with photos; without photos)

Introducing the WeD research programme and the ways in which it can inform policy: Presentation by Philippa Bevan November 2006. (with photos; without photos)

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