WAAS is a research organization that is ideally suited to design, manage, and administer first class survey research hand to conceptualize and execute the scope of work. We outlining our capability and some projects we have implemented in the past:
It is required of researchers who conduct research in Ethiopia to have the studies approved by
national authorities. Overall, only research projects that were typically submitted to the ethics committee for approval involved pharmaceutical testing or biological sampling from the health sciences. However, in respecting the law of the land, it is important for researchers to obtain the authorities sign off and clearance.
Though the process is difficult and cumbersome, WAAS has done it before and understand how to go about the process in an integral manner to have all the legal approvals before we commence fieldwork.
There are many reasons why researchers ought to obtain ethics approval, including legal ones. There are also important reasons why researchers should engage with national ethics systems. The process can strengthen the research as the ethics committee members were more aware of local laws and issues. In the past, there were restrictions on the types of questions that were asked in the questionnaire but currently the government is more tolerant and open hence restrictions are limited.
Language / cultural Intricacies:
The majority of the Ethiopians are Orthodox and the majority of them fast for around 165 to 250 days a year including abstaining from all animal products such as eggs, meat, and dairy products on specific days of the week. This affects their participation in certain research projects which we take into consideration during this time.
Stakeholder & relationships management: taking cognizance of the fact that there will be a need to work with a number of stakeholders, we confirm that we have solid experience in managing complex multi-level projects involving many stakeholders including experience of working with consultants, Committees, and government representatives, etc.