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Ethiopia is populous and poor, with low per capita domestic, donor and other resources. The government’s commitment to poverty reduction, economic growth and strengthening financial management is strong. There have been marked improvements in poverty reduction and progress on most economic and social rights is on a broadly positive trend, with the government taking steps to address some persisting inequalities, including on gender. Concerns remain about limitations on other, primarily civil and political, rights. As the government enters its next 5 year planning period, there are important opportunities to: increase economic transformation; improve quality and equality in service delivery; improve good governance; enhance the position of women and girls; and further build resilience to external shocks.

Top priorities

  • support for economic development and an increased role for the private sector
  • advance gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
  • boost Ethiopia’s tax collection capability and the accountability of its democratic institutions
  • build resilience to avoid future humanitarian crises in Ethiopia and enable it to respond better

Further resources

Ethiopia Operational Plan
Ethiopia page on GOV.UK website

Read more about Ethiopia


Children under five and pregnant women reached through DFID's nutrition-relevant programmes

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children supported by DFID in primary and lower secondary education

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children completing primary education supported by DFID

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Unique people reached with one or more water, sanitation or hygiene promotion intervention

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Births delivered with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors through DFID support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Additional women using modern methods of family planning through DFID support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.


Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.