EDEM receives grants and funding from a number of external organizations for its projects and research.

Major projects 

The five major running and awarded projects in 2013 are:

  • NWO funded NEBE project under CoCOON. Following a very positive midterm review, the team headed by Lorenzo Pellegrini has been awarded an upscaling proposal, bringing the budget to €1,200K (project coordinator Mansoob Murshed).
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) funded project on mobile health in Burkina Faso carried out by Natascha Wagner. The project comprises the evaluation of SMS to promote retention and adherence to ART programs. Inception of field work activities is planned for May 2014. The budget is €510K.
  • NWO funded project on Community Based Health Insurance in Ethiopia headed by Arjun Bedi which on May 20 and 21 had a very successful mid-term review. The budget is €665K.
  • NWO funded Evaluation of MFSII funded projects in India executed in co-operation with Groningen. It has a total budget of €1.4 million of which ISS handles 40 percent.
  • Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded €600K evaluation of a rural electrification project in Tanzania of Natascha Wagner and Michael Grimm in co-operation with the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) and Georg-August Universität Göttingen. 

Other long-term projects 

  Project Funding organization
1. Community Based Health Insurance in Ethiopia

ISS innovation fund, NWO Global Health Systems Call


2. Impact Evaluation of Energy Related Projects financed by the Netherlands



3. Nationalization of natural resources, cooperation and conflict in Bolivia and Ecuador



4. Refresher course in Ecuador


Submitted 2010

5. Capacity building in Ethiopia


Submitted October 2010

6. MFSII Evaluations in India and Indonesia NWO-WOTRO

Unlocking potential of informal entrepreneurship

In Sub-Saharan Africa informality dominates urban labour markets. These markets are very heterogeneous in terms of entry costs, firm size, access to credit, as well as human and physical capital endowments.

With the aid of research funding from the World Bank, ISS is trying to better understand the factors that constrain informal entrepreneurs from developing their business.