Dr Addisu Lashitew

Dr Addisu Lashitew

As a post-doctoral researcher at the Partnerships Resource Centre, Addisu Lashitew is responsible for the research of the project “How can inclusive business strategies contribute to inclusive development in Sub-Saharan Africa”. He is particularly interested in investigating the contributions of foreign direct investment to local development, focusing on spill-over effects and other indirect benefits for local producers. Looking closer at the level of companies, he researches the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs face while implementing inclusive business practices in developing countries. The PrC offers him the ideal environment to further specialise in this field.

His mission includes identifying key indicators for characterising inclusiveness, co-ordinating data collection and conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis using inputs from a wide range of stakeholders. He collaborates with other scientific members of the team to research the effectiveness of inclusive business strategies and their potential for contributing to economic development.

Addisu originally came from Ethiopia. He holds a Master of Science degree in environmental economics from Wageningen University and a PhD in economics from the University of Groningen. His PhD thesis investigated the causes behind the low level of productivity in developing countries, focusing on the misallocation of resources across manufacturing firms. His area of research includes firm investment, productivity and sustainability issues in emerging and developing countries.