December 23, 2019 - A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to discuss how urbanization (measured by night light intensity) is improving household welfare in Ethiopia, and what can be done so that more people benefit.
More than 40 policymakers, academics and other stakeholders attended the event. The PEP research team presented the findings and recommendations from their project investigating Can urbanization improve household welfare and provide inclusive opportunities in Ethiopia?
The researchers called for policies to regulate and monitor urban expansion to so that more of the population can benefit from increased household welfare. The policymakers responded favourably, underlining the government's commitment to oversee urban development programs and ensure sustainable cities and towns.
The research team organized the event with financial and advisory support from PEP. The conference was hosted by the College of Urban Development and Engineering at the Ethiopian Civil Service University.