University of Gothenburg
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Workshop with the network Women in Environmental Economics.
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Postgraduate education

EfD supports, in collaboration with the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, bilateral collaborative PhD programs in Economics with Addis Ababa University and the University of Rwanda.

The programs are funded by Sida and involve provision of second year specialization courses, such as Development Economics, Applied Econometrics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics and Environmental Economics, plus co-supervision of PhD students’ dissertations by colleagues at the University of Gothenburg and the collaborating universities.


The program also provides post-doc and visiting scholar opportunities to colleagues at Addis Ababa University and University of Rwanda to come to Gothenburg and conduct collaborative research.

The collaboration benefits both parties significantly. Addis Ababa University and University of Rwanda get the opportunity to offer their PhD students studies at one of the most prestigious economics departments in the world. This will have a strong impact on the quality of their studies.

Increased Insights

EfD and the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg also benefit from the collaboration through the exchange with the academic institutions in Africa, and get increased insights about the development on this continent. Moreover, colleagues who jointly supervise PhD students are likely to produce joint peer-reviewed articles which will improve the research output of both universities.


The short-term goals of the collaboration is training accomplished PhD graduates and the co-production of research by all institutions. The long-term goals are improving the research culture and environment of Addis Ababa University and University of Rwanda, and contributing to the internationalization of all departments. The collaboration creates a platform for all parties to internationalize their research and education, learn more and contribute to the economic transformation of two of the most rapidly growing African countries – Ethiopia and Rwanda.

The program is funded by Sida.

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EfD collaborates with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
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