EU-Ethiopia signed grant agreements (20/02/2012)

The European Commission has adopted three projects for a total value of €53 million as part of the ongoing programme of cooperation between the EU and Ethiopia. The projects are financed from the 10th European Development Fund and aim to enhance governance and service delivery by the public sector and by non-state actors.

(16 February 2012) The European Commission has adopted three projects for a total value of €53 million as part of the ongoing programme of cooperation between the EU and Ethiopia. The projects are financed from the 10th European Development Fund and aim to enhance governance and service delivery by the public sector and by non-state actors.

 Ambassador Xavier Marchal, Head of the EU Delegation to Ethiopia said:

 "Over the past years, Ethiopia has experienced fast economic growth and made good progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. EU assistance will give a further boost to provide essential services such as water, health and education to the population, while at the same time strengthening the capacities of the public sector and of non-state actors to play their roles in governance and development.'

The four projects adopted are:

  • Protection of Basic Services (€ 45 million) – EU funds will support this multi-donor initiative to enhance the delivery of essential services at decentralised levels. The programme supports the delivery of basic government services: health, education, water supply, rural roads and agricultural extension.
  • Civil Society Fund (€ 6 million) – EU funds will support the capacity of civil society to engage in governance and development activities. As the funds are labelled 'domestic', they will be able to support all categories of civil society organisations and activities in the country.
  • Technical Cooperation Facility (€ 2 million) – This Facility will finance studies and technical assistance to facilitate the implementation of the EU-Ethiopia cooperation programme.

EU cooperation with Ethiopia covers an amount of € 644 million under the 10th European Development Fund., covering the period 2008-2013. Additional development support is made available under thematic initiatives, such as the Water Facility, the Energy Facility and the Environment & Natural Resources Thematic Programme.