A New Initiative in Ethiopia               A Center for Research and Policy Dialogue
   Development Research
   Public Discussion
   Public Outreach
   Reference Service
   Training and Capacity Building

 Objectives and Program Initiatives

To achieve its mission, FSS is committed to the following objectives:


  • Conduct original research and publication addressing critical development challenges and national policy issues;
  • Promote a democratic tradition of public debate and reflection concerning development problems and issues of public policy;
  • Expand the knowledge base available to government decisions makers and other FSS stakeholders so as to promote a more constructive dialogue between one and the other;
  •  Promote a transparent, participatory and all-inclusive policy making and implementation space;
  • Build FSS as a financially viable organization with the institutional capacity to develop and deliver effective programs and services.

Program Initiatives

To achieve the afore-mentioned objectives, FSS undertakes the following core programs:

  • Conduct public discussions of important development problems and policy initiatives;
  • Involve the wider public in such policy debates through FSS' FM Radio programs;
  • Conduct policy-oriented research and provide policy inputs to decision makers, civil society and the public;
  • Disseminate widely the findings of our policy research among  policy makers, legislators, the wider public as well as among partner research organizations and other institutions of learning;
  • Build a resource center to serve the policy research needs of FSS members, graduate research students, civil society organizations and government decision makers.