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Christian Aid Ethiopia Country Strategy 2012-2017

Ethiopia has one of the world’s fastest-growing populations and is the second most populous country in Africa.

While the country is experiencing high levels of economic growth, it still faces major challenges such as food insecurity, cyclical disasters, population pressure, unemployment, disease and natural resource degradation.

Christian Aid has worked in Ethiopia for more than 30 years, initially responding to emergencies but gradually building a long-term development programme.

Over the years, our work has focused on food security, secure livelihoods, HIV, accountable governance, economic justice, pro-poor energy and climate change.

Christian Aid’s country strategy for Ethiopia contributes to several of the global goals laid out in Partnership for Change. We will create conditions in which poor women and men achieve greater influence over decision-making institutions and processes that affect
their lives.

Through our programme, access to the essential services necessary for good health will increase in remote and vulnerable communities. Christian Aid Ethiopia will work for more productive, sustainable and resilient livelihood opportunities, and fair shares of resources for disadvantaged people, through better market information and access.

With most of the population of Miyo, a district in southern Ethiopia, dependent on livestock and on growing crops when weather conditions are favourable, water is a critical resource. And so when after several poor seasons, rains failed again in early 2011, Oromia Kebele Gelgalo (right) and her daughter Tume watched as her cattle died and crops withered in the fields. But by tanking in emergency water supplies to communities in her area, Christian Aid partner Action for Development helped Kebele and others.