Institute of Development Research
Addis Ababa University
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. 251 1 115777
In 1982, the Government of Ethiopia in collaboration
with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
founded the Demographic Training and Research Center
(DTRC). Due to its research status, DTRC became one of
the units of the Institute of Development Research (IDR)
which serves as an umbrella for its academic programs.
The Center's activities have received major support from
Addis Ababa University (AAU) and UNFPA, as well as
additional funding from other agencies.
DTRC is working within the framework of the
training and research programs of the University, and
increasingly, in support of the training, research and
service areas of the Ethiopian Development Policies.
Furthermore, DTRC has been assisting the implementation
of the National Population Policy and the Plan of Action by
providing skilled personnel and conducting policy relevant
researches. In addition, collaboration with other research
and academic institutions is being actively sought.
As DTRC is the only training and research center in
the country dealing with population issues, the growing
importance of population in policy making and planning,
and its role in development activities of the country is
expected to further enhance the significance of the Center
in the near future.
The long term objectives of the Center are to train
high level personnel capable of developing and teaching
courses in population studies in the institutions of higher
learning in the country; as well as to increase the country's
capacity in conducting scientific research on population
problems with a view towards the integration with
In the short term, the main objectives of DTRC are:
- Meeting the human resource development needs for
addressing the problem of population and
development in Ethiopia by providing relevant
training at post-graduate, undergraduate and in-
- Formulating and carrying out research in the areas of
population and development.
- Providing advisory services to governmental and non-
governmental organizations in the area of population
policy, program design and evaluation, training,
demographic information and related issues at
national, regional and local levels.
- Disseminating the research findings through
publications, seminars, workshops, and conferences.
Teaching and Training
Graduate Program (M.Sc. in Demography)
Courses at the graduate level for the Master of Science Degree
in Demography are designed to produce
manpower capable of dealing with population and
development data, including its collection, processing,
analysis, interpretation and its relationship with socio-
economic development. The emphasis is to provide students
a strong background in technical and substantive as well as
The program provides formal course work and thesis
research, which normally takes for two years. Admission
to the graduate program in demography is open to first
degree holders who meet the general admission
requirements of the School of Graduate Studies of AAU.
The usual applicants for admission into the program are
B.A./B.Sc. degree holders in Economics, Geography,
Mathematics, Sociology and Statistics.
Undergraduate Minor Program
DTRC provides a minor in Demography to the
Department of Geography, and has been assisting other
departments of the university, such as Economics and
History, in teaching courses in demography/population
studies at the undergraduate level.
Seminars/Workshops and In-service Training
Short-term training on population related issues and
basic demographic principles and methods is offered to
personnel working in the areas of population and
development at national, regional and zonal level of
both governmental and non-governmental organizations.
In the pursuit of disseminating research findings and
promoting public awareness on population-related
issues, a number of national as well as departmental
fora such as seminars, conferences and workshops were
conducted during the past decade by DTRC.
With an ultimate objective of making valuable
contributions for policy formulation, program
implementation and at the same time for developing a
well organized information system on the demography
of the country, DTRC considers research as another
equally important component of its activity. To
accomplish this, both the staff and students of the
Center have made substantial contribution mainly in
demographic research in the country. However, there
are still areas of policy relevance that have not been
This suggests the need for a shift of emphasis
from a stress on demographic perspectives to broader
issues, such as:
Research is funded by AAU, and also supported
by grants from multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental
agencies and foundations. These broad population and
development issues are addressed in multidisciplinary
teams, complimented by the intersectoral participation of
policy-makers, program planners and extension workers.
Under the new decentralization policy of the government,
every attempt is made to involve regional colleges, training
institutes and applied research agencies.
- (i) Population, Health and Nutrition
Includes reproductive health, mortality, family
planning, nutrition, demographic and non-
demographic implications of AIDS, demographic
and health surveillance, and related issues.
- (ii) Population, Environment and Sustainable Development
Includes land-use, environmental management and
food security; human population and ecology,
migration and urbanization processes, integration
of population variables in development planning,
population and gender issues, demographic
dimensions of poverty, and related issues.
- (iii) Policy/Program/Project Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation
This cross-cutting, policy relevant area, includes
both population-based and institution-based
studies and also includes evaluation of the
demographic impacts of various population and
socio-economic programs and policies.
Specifically, psychological, cultural and socio-
economic determinants and consequences of
population dynamics will be translated into
recommendations for intervention within the
National Population Policy and related
DTRC has its own computer laboratory equipped
with some personal computers and a server system. At
present, the laboratory is in operation with ten of its
personal computers ranging from IMB to 8MB memory
sizes, from 80286 to 80486 MPUs and the storage capacity
from 40 MB to 600 MB hard disks on each of the
machines. Some of the PCs in the computer laboratory are
connected together on Local Area Network. Besides, the
laboratory has accommodated a good number of personal
application software and demographic/statistical software
including the POPLINE CD-ROM.
In addition to the most valuable collections of
documents and literature at the IDR Documentation Center,
various libraries and documentation centers within AAU
and those of Government Departments and International
Organizations in Addis Ababa are accessible to the
students, the staff and the researchers with tremendous
amount of secondary data and literature for their research
Faculty and Staff
The list of staff members currently associated with the
Center, is given bellow:
- Johannes Kinfu, Professor and Director, IDR/DTRC.
- Assefa Hailemariam, Ph.D., Demography, London,
LSE, Associate Prof. and Program Coordinator.
- Aklilu Kidanu, Ph.D. Applied Demography,
Delaware. Assistant Prof.
- Markos Ezra, Ph.D. candidate, Netherlands, Lecturer.
- Gebre-Egziabher Kiros, M.Sc., Stat., AAU, Assistant Prof.
- Melaku Eshetu, M.Sc., Demography, AAU, Lecturer.
- Eshetu Gurmu, M.Sc., Demography, AAU, Lecturer.
- Yohannes Kinfu, M.A., M.Phil., Population Studies,
RIPS, Ghana, Lecturer.
- Charles Teller, Ph.D. Sociology/Demography,
Cornell U., Associate Prof.
- Yu Khin, M.A., Demography, Australia, Lecturer.
- Ms. Bolaji Salawu, M.A., M.Phil., Population
Studies, RIPS, Ghana, Lecturer.
- Seyoum Gebre Selassie, Ph.D., USA, Professor
- Asmerom Kidane, Ph.D., USA, Professor
- Hadgu Bariagher, Ph.D., Ghana, Assistant Prof.
DTRC has its own secretary, Ms. Ayni Umer, and
financial, administrative, reproduction and logistic/transport
staff are provided by IDR.