Rebuilding Livelihoods in Conflict-Affected Communities in Ethiopia

  • Date
    29.05.24
  • Time
    09:00 am > 04:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Registration

Recent conflicts and recurring droughts in Ethiopia are adversely impacting livelihoods. These necessitate major investments to rebuild and rehabilitate affected communities. The government of Ethiopia and its development partners are mobilizing resources for such investments. Such efforts can be significantly enhanced with the identification of cost-effective and sustainable investment options to rebuild livelihoods. This in turn requires compelling empirical evidence to ascertain the economic, social and psychological effects of the conflict and drought to guide potential interventions to promote and sustain recovery. In this regard, the presence of competing needs and limited resources implies that there is an urgent need for empirical evidence to support policy priorities, including evidence that helps to identify cost-effective and sustainable investments in various sectors. For example, rebuilding the production capacities of rural households requires systematic stocktaking of damage and identification of potential interventions to restock these capacities.

Objectives of the conference

With the above demands in mind, the objective of this conference is to share relevant emerging lessons and research findings conducted by CGIAR and its partners. The conference organized by the CGIAR Research Initiatives on National Policies and Strategies (NPS) and Fragility, Conflict, and Migration (FCM), and Policy Studies Institute (PSI) aims to bring together policy makers, development practitioners and researchers working in Ethiopia and beyond. The conference will feature presentations of new empirical work that aims to inform policy priorities and investment options to rehabilitate and rebuild communities affected by conflict and other forms of shocks in Ethiopia.

Major thematic areas

The conference presentations will reflect the broad on-going research covering the following interlinked themes:

  1. Prioritizing and identifying post-conflict recovery options;
  2. Rebuilding of livelihoods and production capacities of rural households amidst compounding shocks;
  3. Livestock and livestock-based livelihoods to facilitate post-conflict recovery;
  4. Women empowerment amidst fragility and conflict;
  5. Behavioral and psychosocial impacts and interventions to rebuild psychosocial capital of conflict affected communities; and
  6. Social assistance and social safety nets to support post-conflict and amidst conflict recovery.

 


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DRAFT AGENDA
08:30am Registration and Traditional Coffee Ceremony
09:00am – 09:05 am (UTC+3) Welcome

Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, Program Leader and Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

09:05am – 09:10 am (UTC+3) Welcome

Clemens Breisinger, Program Leader and Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI and Lead, CGIAR Initiative on National Policies and Strategies

09:10am – 09:20 am Opening Remarks

Namukolo Covic, Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia, ILRI, and Regional Director Eastern Southern Africa, CGIAR

09:20am – 09:30 am Opening Remarks

Prof. Beyene Petros, Director General, Policy Studies Institute (PSI)

09:30am – 09:40 am

 

 

Opening Remarks

Getachew Diriba, Senior Advisor and Principal Coordinator, Ethiopian Food Systems Transformation, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)

09:40 am -10: 40 am Session I: High-level Panel Discussion on “Crop and livestock agriculture for recovery from shocks and building long-term resilience”

Moderated by: Clemens Breisinger, Program Leader and Senior Research Fellow and Lead, CGIAR Initiative on National Policies and Strategies

Panelists: 

  • Mandefero Nigussie, CEO of ATI
  • Mawira Chitima, Country Director IFAD
  • Temesgen Tilahun, Commissioner NRC
  • Namukolo Covic, Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia, ILRI, and Regional Director Eastern Southern Africa, CGIAR
  • Tadesse Kuma, Senior Researcher, (PSI)
  • Joyce Maru, Regional Director for Africa, CIP

Q&A

10:40am – 10:55 am Coffee Break
10:55 am – 11:55 am Session II: Agriculture and other sectors of the Ethiopian economy amid compounding shocks

Chair: Joseph Karugia, Principal Scientist, ILRI

  • Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse (IFPRI): “Economic Impacts of Recent Conflicts in Ethiopia – Economy-wide Estimates Using CGE Simulations”.
  • Hailemariam Ayalew (IFPRI): “Armed Conflict, Tenure Security, and Land Related Investments: Evidence from Ethiopia”
  • Thomas Assefa (IFPRI): “Revisiting the demand and profitability of chemical fertilizers amid global fuel-food-fertilizer crisis: Evidence from Ethiopia”
11:55 am – 12:55 am Session III: Presentations on “Livestock, gender and shocks”

Chair: Joseph Karugia, Principal Scientist, ILRI

  • Zelalem Terfa (ILRI): “Livestock Assets Accumulation, Shocks, and Consumption Behaviour of Women”
  • Immaculate Omondi (ILRI): “Leveraging empowerment data to inform equitable livelihoods reconstruction through livestock: a case of Ethiopia”
  • Yodit Y. (ABC/CIAT): “Climate Resilient Water and Pasture Monitoring and Early Warning System for Conflict Management in Pastoral Areas of Ethiopia”
12:55 pm – 02:00pm Lunch
02:00pm – 03:00 pm Session IV: Presentations on “Social Protection Amid Crisis”

Chair: Kibrom Abay, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

  • Kalle Hirvonen (IFPRI): “Do Ultra-poor Graduation Programs Build Resilience against Droughts? Evidence from Rural Ethiopia”
  • Halefom Nigus (PSI): “Conflict, Cash Transfers, Gender and Mental Health: Experimental Evidence from Conflict-affected Communities”
  • Michael Mulford (World Vision): “Treating depression among the extreme poor: Evidence from a graduation program with group therapy in Ethiopia”
3:00 pm – 04:00pm Session V: Presentations on “Delivering humanitarian and social assistance in fragile settings”

Chair: Netsanet Joti, Lead Researcher and Head of Industry and Mining Department, PSI

  • Fiona Flintan (IFPRI): “Dilution or drought coping mechanism? Household food aid redistribution in Ethiopia’s pastoral areas”
  • Kibrom Abay (IFPRI):Targeting social assistance in fragile settings: Proxy means testing vs. community-based targeting”
  • Setegn Gebeyehu (CIP): “Agricultural emergency response with potato and sweet potato technologies for livelihood restoration of communities affected by conflict and other concurrent crises in Ethiopia”

 

04:15 pm – 05:00pm Session VI: Panel Discussion on “The role of social protection and safety nets to cushion the adverse impacts of shocks”

Chair: Ed Barney, Social Protection Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Panellists:

  • Tadesse Bekele, Senior Advisor to the commissioner, Disaster Risk Management Commission
  • Mesay Kebede Duguma, World Bank
  • Michele Schivo, Program Officer, European Union
  • Amdissa Teshome, Independent Consultant & Social Science Researcher
05:00 pm – 05:15pm Closing Remarks

Katrina Kosec , Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI and Lead, CGIAR Initiative on Fragility, Conflict, and Migration (FCM)

Namukolo Covic, Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia, ILRI, and Regional Director Eastern Southern Africa, CGIAR

Prof. Beyene Petros, Director General, Policy Studies Institute (PSI) (TBC)

05:30 pm: 07:00 pm Reception

This conference is organized by the CGIAR Research Initiatives on National Policies and Strategies (NPS) and Fragility, Conflict, and Migration (FCM),and the Policy Studies Institute (PSI). We would like to thank all funders who supported this research through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund.

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Photo credit: ILRI\Zerihun Sewunet