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Ethiopia

Some annual results (2020)

  • 1,205,000people received life-saving basic services
  • 687,000people received quality basic health care
  • 251,400people had access to SRHR services

Global Peace Index

133/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2020)

Country Office

Ethiopia flag Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Visiting address
Bole Sub City
Woreda 13
House #New
On the way to Gerji from Bole, at around Bole Homes near Genet Chefe Grocery
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Postal address
P.O. Box 27638/1000
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone: +251 115 578 368
Fax: +251 115 578 561

Country Director

Akinyi Roselyn Walender

Cordaid in Ethiopia

Cordaid has been operational in Ethiopia since 2006 supporting development and emergency response efforts in some of the most vulnerable communities. As of 2021, Cordaid in Ethiopia programming focusses on three thematic areas, namely saving lives, quality basic services and building sustainable livelihoods with cross-cutting programming in climate resilience and empowerment.

Read more about Cordaid in Ethiopia

Where does Cordaid work?

In Oromia, the largest region both by population and area, Cordaid implements the performance-based financing (PBF) approach, the Triple Nexus project and Desert Locust Resilience Building (DLRB) programmes. These programmes cut across all our three thematic areas.

In Amhara, our projects include the Job Security and Education (JSE), which is being implemented in Bahir Dar city, the Argobba Conflict Risk Reduction, the DLRB and the Ethiopian COVID Joint Response (ECJR) and the Strengthening Agricultural Finances in Ethiopia (SAFE). In Tigray, we are part of the life-saving project of the Ethiopia Tigray Joint Response.

In Somali, the Triple Nexus project, the DLRB, the ECJR and the Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (ECO-DRR), which is the sustainable management, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems to reduce disaster risk are being undertaken.

In the Southern Nations and Nationalities People Region (SNNPR) our Resilience Building and Creation of Economic Opportunities in Ethiopia (RESET II) is being implemented with the aim of creating innovative economic opportunities that enable an improved resilience capacity for communities.

117,9 Million

Population

Rural population

Urban population

7.6% annual

GDP growth

27.6 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal

Source: worldbank.org

Current situation

Ethiopia is home to more than 100 million people, making it the second most populous nation on the African continent. With over three quarters of its population being below the age of 35, Ethiopia holds one of the youngest human capital in the world. Add to that the availability of unexploited resources, and sectors that are yet to be broached to their maximum potential; Ethiopia has the necessary tools to have a developed economy and a better-off population. However, the country remains among the poorest in the world, with one fourth of the country living in extreme poverty.

Most of the population is still predominantly occupied in agriculture for livelihood. This sector generates incomes for over 70% of the population through the export of primary agricultural products. In recent years, however, the service sector, mainly in urban centres, has surpassed agriculture as the principal source of GDP. This shows that there is potential in other sectors to share the burden long held by the agricultural sector. Although these are promising signs, it is also very crucial to understand poverty, underdevelopment and inequalities skew the distribution of economic and basic service benefits. Women, persons with disabilities, and young people experience deep poverty.

Furthermore, Ethiopia is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate-driven disasters, which are expected to increase in frequency and magnitude over time. Conflict has emerged as a growing “disaster” threat to development gains and disease outbreaks occur frequently, with disastrous impacts at household, community, and systems levels.

Since the current administration came to power in 2018, the political landscape appears to have changed to a more relaxed scene, certainly in terms of freedom of speech. Unfortunately, having the opportunity to voice historical grievances led to eruption of ethnic and political violence throughout the country, driving mass population movements and worsening already-high levels of humanitarian need.

In 2018 alone, approximately 2.9 million Ethiopians were displaced due to continued insecurity and conflict. In 2020, 1.8 million Ethiopians (half of which are women and girls) were internally displaced because of conflict, drought, and flooding. Regional desert locust invasions and the coronavirus pandemic were witnessed in the past year to worsen things. This has shown that even though Ethiopia remains the highest growing region in the horn, the challenges to attaining development remain significant.

Cordaid in Ethiopia

Cordaid Ethiopia’s strategy focuses on health system strengthening, food security, livelihoods, job creation, women, peace & security (WPS), resilience building, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian aid.

Saving lives

The programmes in this section are concerned with addressing the basic needs of the most vulnerable communities. They ensure equitable humanitarian assistance and protection is delivered. COVID-19 response, quality emergency services, building resilient and sustainable recovery system are some of the areas the saving lives programmes focus on. The Ethiopia Tigray Joint Response (ETJR) focuses on providing life-saving emergency relief for the people in Tigray who are affected by protracted conflict since December 2020.

The Triple Nexus project is implemented in areas of fragility by linking humanitarian aid interventions with activities that enhance community resilience to conflict risks. Humanitarian aid addresses the temporary urgent basic needs for WASH, food and basic livelihood restoration for the affected people. The resilience component ensures that the basic needs are achieved through sustainable WASH services and livelihood support for communities affected. Mainstreaming conflict resolution activities also allow conflict affected people to have improved access to basic services and livelihood support. Addressing Needs of Returning Conflict-Affected IDPs in the Somali region is also one of our prominent projects.

Peace and quality basic services

This thematic area deals with system strengthening, increasing equitable access to quality health and education services, along with providing tools for peaceful resolutions to conflicts while promoting social cohesion.

Watch this video series about our work in the Omo Nada Hospital in Jimma:

In Ethiopia, Cordaid’s performance-based financing (PBF) approach in health system strengthening increases the quality and quantity of health service delivery for participating heath facilities. PBF is a supply side mechanism that aims to increase the output of health facilities and local health authorities by incentivizing pre-determined results. Our goal is to contribute towards improved access to affordable, inclusive, quality, and equitable maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) services and other services in Ethiopia.

Building sustainable livelihoods

Our livelihoods programmes strengthen the ability of producers, entrepreneurs, and workers. This enables them to sustainably grow their businesses, improve working circumstances, and/or to increase healthy and nutritious production.

This thematic area is also concerned with enhancing agricultural production and reducing drought risks in chronically food insecure areas. Our integrated soil and natural resource management project mitigates drought and enhances crop and livestock production. Its watershed-based soil and water conservation activities improve access to water for crop production and improves crop varieties. It also introduced renewable energy in selected communities.

Strengthening Agricultural Finances in Ethiopia project is working towards availing access to suitable financial services and non-financial services for farmers. By providing knowledge, technology, inputs and services for people living in rural areas, SAFE is working to increase the competitiveness and income of rural farmers.

A farmer who participated in the Strengthening African Rural Smallholders programme. © Cordaid / FIRMA

Other projects in farming communities include the Resilience Building and Creation of Economic Opportunities in Ethiopia (RESET II). It addresses the root causes of displacement and irregular migration through the creation of economic opportunities and the strengthening of the resilience capacity of the most vulnerable communities. The Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) programme improved financial and market access for farmers.

The Jobs, Skills and Education (JSE) project creates job opportunities for youth. Vocational, digital, and soft skills training are provided for unemployed youth linked with apprenticeship as well.

Visit the Cordaid Ethiopia website for more information >>

Partners and donors

Cordaid collaborates with multiple national and international partners which includes  HUNDEE Oromo grassroots Development Initiative, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF Suisse), COOPI, Rural Agency for Community Development and Assistance (RACIDA), ACPA, Red Cross, CARE, HELVETAS, Oxfam, Wetlands International, SOS Children’s Village, RBD Consultancy, Trocaire, APDA and Organization for Welfare and Development in Action (OWDA).

Latest donors include the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), International Rescue Committee (IRC), the European Union (EU), National Postcode Loterij (NPL), Government of the Netherlands (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mastercard Foundation, Act Church of Sweden (ACS), Kerk in Actie (KIA), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands Ethiopia and the World Bank.