News and events

WIDE3-4 Bridge

We are currently completing negotiations with donors for funding for a fieldwork-based project in four of the WIDE communities which is planned to start in November. This project will explore changes in the communities since WIDE3 (2010-2013) and produce new information on a number of currently important policy issues. At the same time we propose to involve a network of Ethiopian academics and policymakers in the design, implementation and dissemination of the research, as part of a process aimed at institutionalising the next round of research in all twenty communities (WIDE4) in Ethiopian universities, research institutes and government policy fora.

Once the negotiations are completed we will be recruiting three research fellows to work on the project. In the meantime we are publicising the posts and would like people In Ethiopia and beyond who are qualified and interested to contact us now. Download more details here

Forthcoming publications

An Amharic translation of the WIDE Discussion Briefs 2016 has just gone to the publishers.

An international edition of the book recently published in Ethiopia, Change and transformation in 20 rural communities in Ethiopia will shortly be published in the US and available to purchase online.

WIDE Book launch, Hilton Hotel, February 2nd 2017

Change and transformation in 20 rural communities in Ethiopia: Selected aspects and implications for policy was published in Addis Ababa in January 2017. The book was edited by Alula Pankhurst and the contributors were Philippa Bevan, Catherine Dom, Lilli Loveday, Alula Pankhurst, Tefera Goshu, and Sarah Vaughan. Click here for more information on the book.

The book launch, which was followed by a cocktail, was attended by 134 people. The speakers were Ato Newai Gebre’ab, Annika Jayawardena, Deputy Head of Mission at the Swedish Embassy, George Turkington, Head of DFID Ethiopia and Alula Pankhurst.

WIDE Workshop, Harmony Hotel, February 3rd 2017

This workshop was an opportunity to share some findings from the book with researchers and practitioners and seek their reactions and advice. 63 people came to the workshop, which was opened by Dr Samantha Yates, Senior Social Development Adviser at DFID Ethiopia. Catherine Dom gave a presentation on the WIDE key messages and then the group split into four parallel workshops to discuss: rural-urban links and mobility; inequalities; local governance and learning; and aspects of livelihoods.