This is the third issue of the Consultation Papers series that the Forum for Social Studies (FSS) has published on the problems of poverty and poverty reduction in Ethiopia. As reiterated in the previous two editions, the focus of discussion of FSS’ Poverty Dialogue Forum is the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (I-PRSP), which the Government of Ethiopia has submitted to the World Bank and the IMF. The public discussions are intended to provide an open forum for the government and civil society organizations (NGOs, trade unions, professional associations, etc.), the private sector, donors and the poor themselves, to exchange views on the magnitude and severity of poverty and share experiences on how to overcome it. The papers presented and the main issues raised in the public debates will be published and disseminated to government decision makers and other stakeholders engaged in dealing with poverty.