World bank HIPCIE research project


The Hawassa Industrial Park Community Impact Evaluation Project is a large-scale, rigorous evaluation of the impact that the government’s flagship industrial park in Hawassa has on workers, their rural origin households, and their broader origin communities. The project team is led by two academic principal investigators and implemented in cooperation with the World Bank Group. The project combines primary survey data across communities in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s (SNNP) Region with administrative data from the Hawassa Industrial Park Sourcing and Training Employees in the Region (HIPSTER) scheme that sources and hires workers from across SNNPR.


The administrative data was managed by HaHuJobs under contract with Enterprise partners signed in June of 2018 with the oversight of the Ethiopian Investment Commission. In this collaboration, the HaHuJobs team provided a digital tracking tool to trace employment trends of the research subjects and provided a comprehensive log of their movement. This data was used to conduct impact surveys and trace workers' employment logs as a component of the study.





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