Ethiopia’s economy is booming. Political opposition is not. We research governance in a broad sense, from democracy to elections and employment policies. 

Completed projects

Aug 2003 - Feb 2005

Aid to judicial reform

Jan 2003 - Dec 2004

Norwegian NGOs and aid

Jan 2003 - Dec 2003


Jan 1996 - Jan 1998

The Borana land-use project

Lovise Aalen

Research Professor

Leonardo Arriola

Associate Professor at University of California, Berkeley and Affiliated Senior Researcher

Sosina Bezu

Associated Senior Researcher

Charlotte Ringdal

Senior Researcher

Cathrine Talleraas

Senior Researcher

Economic growth in an authoritarian regime

Since 2004, Ethiopia has been among the fastest growing non-oil producing economies in Africa. The Ethiopian government, led by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has ambitious plans for transforming the Ethiopian economy and is aiming to make Ethiopia a middle income country within the next 20 years.

The Ethiopian government follows the ‘developmental state model’, derived from the experiences of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, driven by a determined elite with a national development vision. CMIs research on Ethiopia centres around governance. We research the intersections between empowerment, economic growth, and political participation within the Ethiopian context. In particular we research women's opportunities in the developmental state and employment creation for the poor.