EU Projects with Ethiopia
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Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in Africa with a population of 87 million. In just over 20 years Ethiopia has reduced the prevalence of stunting (chronic under nutrition) in children less than five years of age from 67% to 40%. This has been a major contributing factor to Ethiopia’s impressive performance in reducing child mortality. However, even if this trend continues, Ethiopia will still fall short of its own commitment to reduce stunting to 20% by 2020 and 0% by 2030.
The European Union with the 20 EU Member States plus Norway (EU+) share a long-term vision for supporting Ethiopia’s development. In preparation for the joint programming of their development cooperation, the EU+ partners agreed to launch a pilot joint action in a priority sector of common interest. The theme of nutrition was selected as the pilot joint action to test the feasibility of joint, collaborative programming for enabling coordination, coherency and complementary of their interventions.
The project aimed to facilitate the creation of a strong women’s movement and activism, enhance the participation of women and women’s groups and to bring women’s socio-economic issues and especially Violence Against Women (VAW) to the attention of decision-makers at the national and regional levels. In addition, the project worked towards ensuring the realization of the socio-economic rights of women through enhancing the capacity of women’s associations and promoting dialogue in good governance and women’s rights protection. As a result of implementing this project, NEWA and its partners have made notable impact with regards to empowering women and girls and enhancing gender equality.
Enhancing older people and their institutions’ capacity for improved governance and sustainable development in Ethiopia (EEPNA), in partnership with Help Age International, was one of the beneficiaries of the EU CSF II programme launched to support Ethiopian CSOs to engage in the development and democratic processes of the country. The programme has created a conducive environment for EEPNA to undertake well-organized and comprehensive advocacy and lobby campaigns for the rights and wellbeing of older people. In addition to interventions at country level, EEPNA was able to voice the concerns and interests of its members in global campaigns undertaken to request and influence the ratification and realization of the Universal Convention for Older People.
The general objective of the Sector Reform Contract, Fourth Road Sector Policy Support Program (SPSP) in Ethiopia is to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth, eradicate poverty and improve sector governance through the implementation of the Road Sector Development Program (RSDP) IV (2010/15) and his successor RSDP V (2015/20).