The mission of the Ethiopian Centre for Child Research (ECCR) is to generate multidisciplinary child- focused  research  and  evidence on policy and practice to inform decision and enhance programmatic capacity concerning the development, equity, wellbeing and protection for children in Ethiopia.


A research centre of excellence working for the well-being of Ethiopian children.

Country Context

According to the Central Statistical Agency (CSA) census of 2007, the Ethiopian population was 73,845,035. Children constitute 52% of the general population. The population is growing at a rapid pace and the estimate for 2017 is 94,351,001.1 According to the latest projections from the Central Statistical Agency (CSA)2 , in the last 20 years the proportion of the population under 15 has doubled from 19.6 million in 1984 to 39.6 million and almost half of the population is below 153 . Ethiopia, thus has a very young age structure, and issues concerning children and youth are crucial to the country’s development.

This generation represents the future human capital of Ethiopia and an opportunity for the country to harness the demographic dividend. Thus, how the benefits of economic growth are distributed within society over the next few years will shape children’s future and the future of the country as a whole.