Technical Assistance on Public Finance Analysis and Policy of Child-focused Social Sectors

EEA’s Institutional Profile

The Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent research and membership organization, established under the Ethiopian law in 1992. Since its formation EEA has strived to: a) provide its members a platform of network, experiential learning, and access to current information; b) generate evidence-based analysis on an evolving social, economic and environment realities of Ethiopia so that policymakers, practitioners, business community, researchers, development partners and the general public are informed; c) contribute to frontier and emergent economic thinking relevant to the Ethiopian context and to advanced research methodologies, academic rigor, and development processes.

Vision: EEA aspires to become a premier professional association serving as a center of excellence regionally and internationally for providing unconstrained and evidence-based economic policy research and analysis.

Mission: To provide a platform for networking, information, and learning; to inform and influence evidence-based policymaking; to offer prioritized training; and to contribute to the advancement of the discipline of economics.

Project Profile

Project title: Technical Assistance on Public Finance Analysis and Policy of Child-focused Social Sectors

Funding organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Duration of the project: 16 Months (November 2021 to February 2023)

Amount of grant: ETB 5,700,651

Project team

  • Degye Goshu, Director, Research and Policy Analysis
  • Lamessa Tariku, Project Coordinator
  • Arega Shumatie, Senior Researcher
  • Abule Mehari, Senior Researcher
  • Demirew Getachew, Field Coordinator  
  • Dawit Teshale, Field Coordinator
  • Woubshet Amerga, Finance and Admin Head
  • Tariku Teklemariam, Accountant

Rationale and Objectives of the Study

Planning for future investment requires understanding the budget and expenditure patterns and trends of the past. To advocate for increased investment in social sectors that are beneficial to children, there is a need to assess the budget allocations and spending in key social sectors at sub-national levels.

In the case of Ethiopia, regional governments are autonomous in making public investment decisions using the resource envelop available to them. With a decentralized system of government, regional governments are responsible for the administration of their budget and restructuring and managing of their own regional offices. Against this background, the UNICEF and EEA are partnered to support regional governments to ensure that regional states have increased capacity to make informed Public Financial Management (PFM) decisions for increased social investment.

Under this project, two main tasks will be conducted:

  • Budget and expenditure analysis for SNNP, Oromia and Amhara regional states
  • Assessment of domestic resource mobilization potential for Amhara
    Regional State.

Expected outputs

The expected out of the study under the project is producing evidence on sub-national budgets and expenditures, and domestic resource mobilization to inform budgetary source options for child-focused social sector investments with the following specific outputs:

    • Budget and expenditure analysis report for Amhara Region;
    • Budget and expenditure analysis report for Oromia Region;
    • Budget and expenditure analysis report for SNNP Region; and
    • Asessment report on domestic resource mobilization potential for Amhara Region.