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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 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 by conducting operational researches. In addition, it has been collaborating actively with other research and academic institutions.



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 has increased the significance of the Center.

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 country's capacity in conducting scientific research on population problems with a view of integrating population issues with development activities.

In the short term, the main objectives of DTRC

  1. Meeting the human resource development needs for addressing the problem of population and development in Ethiopia by providing relevant training at graduate, undergraduate and in-service levels.
  2. Formulating and carrying out research in the areas of population and development.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 socioeconomic development. The emphasis is to provide students a strong background in technical an(l substantive demography as well as practical orientation of population problems.

The program provides formal course work and thesis research, which normally takes 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 DTRC has been conducting a number of national as well as departmental level seminars, conferences and workshops.

Research Themes

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 contributions mainly in demographic research in the country. However, there are still areas of policy relevance that have not been adequately addressed.

This suggests the need for a shift of emphasis from a stress on demographic perspectives to broader issues, such as:

  1. 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.
  2. Population. Environment and Sustainable Development
    Includes land-use, environmental managment 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.
  3. 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 dynamic will be translated into recommendations for intervention within the National Population Policy and relate development programs.

Research is funded by AAU, and also supported b 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.


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 16MB memory sizes, from 80286 to pentium 133 MHZ and the storage capacity fiom40 MB to 1.6 GB hard disk 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 POPL1NE 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 a tremendous amount of secondary data and literature for their research works. DTRC is also connected to the Internet.

Faculty and Staff

The list of staff members associated with the Center, is given below:

  1. Johannes Kinfu, Professor and Director, IDR/DTRC.
  2. Assefa Hailemariam, Ph.D., Demography, London, LSE, Associate Prof. and Program Coordinator.
  3. Markos Ezra, Ph.D; Population and Environment University of Groningen, Netherland, Assistant Professor.
  4. Gebre-Egziabher Kiros, M . Sc . . Stat . . AAU . Assistant Prof. (on study leave).
  5. Melaku Eshetu, M.Sc., Demography, AAU, Lecturer.
  6. Eshetu Gurmu, M . Sc ., Demography, AAU, Lecturer.
  7. Yohannes Kinfu, M.A., M.Phil., Population Studies, RIPS, Ghana, Lecturer (on study leave).
  8. Charles Teller. Ph.D. Sociology/DemoglLlplly Cornell U., Associate Prof.
  9. Ms. Bolaji Salawu, M.A., M.Phil., Population Studies, RIPS, Ghana, Lecturer.(UNV)

    Associate Staff

  10. Seyoum Gebre Selassie, Ph.D., USA, Professor
  11. Asmerom Kidane, Ph.D., USA, Professor
  12. KarenB. Allen, Ph.D. Demography, Penn. USA.

    Part-time Staff

  13. Gebremeskel Habtemariam, Ph.D., University of London, Asst. Prof.
  14. Azene Zenebe, B.Sc. Statistics, AAU, M.Sc. Information Science, AAU., Lecturer.

Administrative Staff

DTRC has its own secretary, Ms. Ayni Umer, and financial, administrative, reproduction and logistic/transport staff are provided by IDR.


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