Cordaid in Ethiopia
Resilience projects of Cordaid in Ethiopia aim at strengthening the livelihoods of the most vulnerable people living in drought prone areas, as well as identifying and supporting alternative means of income. They improve access to water and basic services, and increase the capacity of the community and the authorities that serve them to prepare for and recover from natural hazards and other periods of stress.
The Resilient Business Development Services (RBDS) program works with entrepreneurs to make their business sustainable and ready for expansion, thereby creating more employment.
EthioGreen is a company that makes injera, the typical Ethiopian flatbread. Since April 2015, Cordaid has supported 53 local small and medium-sized enterprises in Addis Ababa. The Resilient Business Development Services program provided them with training, coaching, mentorship and expert seminars. Image: Mickael Franci.
The Female Cancer Initiative aims at early diagnosis and treatment of precancerous cervical cells. This to prevent the development of cervical cancer in women, and to ensure their health and survival as they carry the challenging task of managing households, providing income for their families and raising their children. Additionally, breast cancer screening has been integrated into the program.
When disaster strikes, Cordaid provides humanitarian aid to the communities it works with, by diverting project funding and additional funding, when made available.
The strategic focus of Cordaid Ethiopia is to arrive at an integration of Resilience, Health and RBDS activities in the Liben Zone in Somali Region, where Cordaid is also consortium lead in the EU funded RESET (Resilience Ethiopia) program. Integrating Health and RBDS in the Resilience program is expected to result in a strategically comprehensive integrated program, while emergency response will be provided by redirecting project budgets and additional funding, if so available.
Drought in the Afar region, 2016 (© Petterik Wiggers/Hollandse Hoogte)
Partners and donors
ECHO and EU are the main strategic partners and donor organizations supporting resilience projects in Ethiopia, while the World Bank provided funding from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to develop the District Risk Profiles in partnership with the Ethiopian National Disaster Risk Management Commission.
Policy dialogue and support services are carried out through the Partners for Resilience Strategic Partnership with Care Netherlands, Wetlands International, The Red Cross Climate Centre and the Netherlands Red Cross, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Support. In-country support is provided by the Royal Netherlands Embassy.
The Female Cancer Initiative activities are supported by the Ethiopia Ministry of Health, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Foundation and implemented by partner organizations Beza for Generation and Mary Joy Foundation. Technical support is provided by the Female Cancer Foundation from the Netherlands.
Results Based Financing to improve health care services is done in close partnership with the Ministry of Health, and funded by Cordaid.
Resilient Business Development Support Services are funded by Cordaid and implemented by Cordaid partner organization R&D. It is the intention for Cordaid to expand the services with access to financing for enterprises, to expand their business in partnership with Cordaid Investment Management.
Finally, humanitarian aid has been supported over the past years with funding from Empowerment of Children and Human rights Org (ECHO), the Netherlands Government and SHO, a consortium of Dutch development and humanitarian organizations.