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Implementing policies for chronic poverty reduction in Ethiopia

Taylor Brown
Amdissa Teshome

social protection


This study explores the implementation of policies that respond to chronic poverty in Ethiopia. It demonstrates that Ethiopia’s two PRSPs contain a range of policies which are either inclusive of the poorest or are specifically targeted at addressing the roots of chronic poverty and ameliorating its symptoms. On the whole, the study finds that the government has committed its resources and political will to the implementation of these policies. This commitment has resulted in some significant improvements in access to services for chronically poor groups, and greater social protection for chronically food insecure people in rural areas. The study, however, shows that a range of factors limit the chronic poverty impact of some policies and programmes. These limiting factors include: capacity and resource constraints at all levels; poor sectoral, policy and programme linkages; political and ideological factors; and limited accountability and substantive responsiveness to the voices of chronically poor citizens.

Publication Type(s)

Background Paper to the Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09


politics social protection Ethiopia


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