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2013-01-03 | organisation

Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC)

The center supports green and climate-resilient development in Ethiopia as a knowledge backstop. ECRC's core functions include undertaking policy oriented research on the economics of climate and environment in Ethiopia, conducting real time impact evaluation of the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE)'s implementation process, and serve as an interaction hub for research and policy. The center also plays an important role in building domestic analytical capacity on climate related issues as well as developing a data and knowledge repository of Ethiopia’s green growth experience. Download our info flyer here


Ethiopia has outlined a strategy for a Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE). The overall vision of the CRGE strategy is to sustain fast economic growth while increasing resilience and keeping emissions low. This strategy is an important step in framing the direction of Ethiopia´s development and can potentially make Ethiopia a leader in green growth. The implementation of the CRGE strategy needs to be supported by a policy-oriented research and knowledge management process. This necessitates a sustained and dynamic partnership between the domestic and international research community, as well as government and non-government stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of the CRGE.


The vision of the ECRC is to be a leading policy research center on the economics of climate and environment and a focal point for interactions among researchers, practitioners, policy makers and civil society; and thereby contribute to the poverty reduction and sustainable development in Ethiopia.


Conduct rigorous research on the linkages between climate change and environment on one hand and different sectors of of the economy on the other. The focus is on identifying strategies for sustainable economic development.

Support evidence-based policymaking and implementation in Ethiopia by  undertaking impact evaluation studies of climate-related interventions and policies, with a focus on the implementation of the CRGE strategy.

Develop a repository of data and knowledge on Ethiopia´s green growth experience; and share this information with stakeholders.

Develop domestic capacity on the economics of climate change and environment, thereby improve Ethiopia's longer-term capacity to deliver on the CRGE goals.

The center has four main core programs:

Policy Research and Impact Evaluation (PRIE) program;

Policy Interaction and Communication (PIC) program;

Data Management and Knowledge Repository (DMKR) program;

Capacity Building (CB) program

Policy Research and Impact Evaluation (PRIE)

The PRIE program will take a principal role in the center, and the other programs are built around it. The PRIE program focuses on six thematic areas

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable water management
  • Sustainable energy transition
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Sustainable green industrialization
  • Sustainable urbanization

 Capacity Building (CB)

The capacity building component of the ECRC is designed with the aim of improving the analytical capacity of relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholder organizations on CRGE-related issues. In addition, it plans to enhance teaching and research relevant to CRGE development pathways in universities and think tanks. Given the immense potential of the ECRC to build the capacity of researchers and data management professionals at each stage of the research process, it aims to be a liaison with international institutions for advanced research methods and tools to carry out research activities.

Policy Interaction and Communication (PIC)

The Policy Interaction and Communication program will have two major roles in facilitating the ECRC objectives. The first is focused on communication (facilitating the PRIE research processes and ensuring that research outputs reach the relevant stakeholders). The second major activity will be planning and implementing a knowledge management strategy in relation to creating a platform to effectively gather and share knowledge among stakeholders on CRGE implementation and beyond.

 Data Management and Knowledge Repository (DMKR)

DMKR will provide easy access to information on existing research outputs for the research teams of the PRIE to check whether the identified research gap has been addressed. At the identification of methods stage, researchers will be able to easily access literature on frontier knowledge and methodology from the knowledge repository. The DMKR will also be actively involved in the data collection process to produce high-quality data that can be used for further research. It will provide qualitative data to enrich analytical results with contextual information. It will ultimately document the inputs and outputs of each research project, including the data collected, the literature reviewed and the research outputs, for further use by other research endeavors of the PRIE and its partners.