Based in Addis Ababa, ESSP began its activities in late 2004 with the aim of undertaking timely and actionable research to fill knowledge gaps, improve knowledge database management systems, and strengthen national capacity to undertake policy relevant economic analysis.
Phase I of ESSP operated from September 2004 to June 2008. ESSP conducted a varied program of economic research and provided extensive technical and analytical support towards the establishment of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). Phase II of ESSP, which began in July 2008, places a greater emphasis on capacity strengthening, while continuing a program of policy-relevant research and analysis. Based on the successful program reviews of ESSP Phase and ESSP Phase II, IFPRI, EDRI and the consortium of donors funding ESSP agreed to extend the program by a third phase thus continuing the program’s activities over the period January 2014 to December 2016.