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07 Feb 2018 description

Breaking down the silos between humanitarian and development actors to address recurrent crises

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Achim Steiner and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock concluded a three-day joint mission to Ethiopia by urging all stakeholders to increase cooperation to withstand humanitarian and climate-related crises.

25 Jan 2018 description

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and United Nations Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner will travel to Ethiopia from January 27 to 29 to highlight the immense challenge of persistent food insecurity and the new approach to addressing it.

11 Apr 2017 description

Weather insurance, water harvesting, diverse cash crops, land management, new technologies and community-based approaches enhance Ethiopia’s resilience to climate change

Rain-fed agriculture is becoming risky business for farmers in Ethiopia. Droughts have become more frequent and nowadays Ethiopia contends with one of the most serious climatic shocks in recorded history.

28 Mar 2017 description

Apiyeiw Akwor is the sole bread winner in her household. Her husband died some nine years ago, and now Apiyeiw raises her two children on her own. Apiyeiw’s life is hard. And continued hurdles from climate change – recent droughts caused by El Niño, land degradation, changing rainfall patterns – make it even harder.

Apiyeiw used to plant sorghum and maize along the banks of the Baro River – relying on rains to water the crops. But she never got much more than four quintals (about 400kg) per harvest.

18 Nov 2016 description

This Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) has been prepared in support of the project proposal on _“Responding to the increasing risk of drought: building gender-responsive resilience of the most vulnerable communities_” by the Government of Ethiopia to the Green Climate Fund. As this project is supported by UNDP in its role as a GCF Accredited Entity, the project has been screened against the UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards Procedure and deemed a Medium Risk (International Finance Corporation/World Bank Category B) project.

09 Jan 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 4 January 2016 — Ethiopia has outlined its latest progress and challenges on its efforts to address the country’s vulnerability to climate change.

The comprehensive multi-sector update is part of Ethiopia’s second national communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris, COP21, held in December 2015. The report was prepared with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

23 Oct 2015 description

This 2014 MDG report highlights the progress made, identifies some of the key drivers of success and discusses vital lessons that could be replicated in other countries in the region. Today, Ethiopia is globally recognized for having taken ownership of the MDGs agenda and integrating them into successive national development plans from the Sustainable Development Poverty Reduction Programme (2002/03-2004/05) to the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) (2010/11-2014/15).

04 Jul 2015 description

2 July 2015, Addis Ababa: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over almost US$ two million worth of equipment to the National Meteorological Agency (NMA).

The equipment, including 40 automatic weather stations, is expected to help strengthen Ethiopia’s early warning network to monitor, generate climate data and feed into early warning systems as well as inform national climate resilient development planning.

26 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa, March 25, 2015-The Government of Ethiopia today signed a USD150 thousand agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to extend the ongoing project support for the Peacekeeping Training at the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre (EIPKTC) since its establishment in 2012.

12 Aug 2013 description


  • With better seeds, fertilizer and training from farmers unions, farmers are seeing crop yields rise up to 100%.

  • The programme, introduced by the Agricultural Transformation Agency, began with 2 farmers and is spreading to 2 million this year.

  • Ethiopian poverty rates have fallen from 40 percent to 29 percent between 2005 and 2012.

Hurgessa Gutema owns a small farm in Wolisso in central Ethiopia.

With help from a local farming co-operative, his crop yield is rising year after year.

29 Jul 2013 description

A new Ethiopian International Peace-keeping Training Centre (EIPKTC) to be set up in Addis Ababa is intended to become a regional and international centre of excellence in peace-keeping, peace-building and conflict resolution.

The Federal Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Ministry of Economic Development and Economic Affairs (MoFED) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have now signed an agreement for a one-year programme that supports the establishment of the EEIPKTC.

27 May 2013 description

Genet Tesfaye is a young, married mother of one living in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa. A potter by trade, Genet has been contributing more and more to her family’s income through her craft.

Ethiopia has a diverse and rich cultural heritage, and a joint UNDP-UNESCO project is taking advantage of that heritage to help support the country’s fight against poverty. As part of that project, Genet and other women in a cooperative were trained to improve their skills.

09 Oct 2012 description


Special Topic: Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2011 – A Guide to the Cold Calculus of a Hot Planet

  • Knowledge Resources and Networking Opportunities

  • Event and Training Opportunities

  • Employment/Grant Opportunities

  • AADP publications Information

  • Useful Links on Drought Status Updates

27 Mar 2012 description

UNDP is supporting Ethiopia to roll out a pilot project that pushes for the provisions of countrywide savings mobilization and financial services in Ethiopia. The pilot project, made possible with funding of US$ 1,035,312 funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to test and demonstrate the notion that savings-led financial services can be provided successfully and sustainably in rural areas. This support is expected to use technology to bypass existing infrastructure challenges in rural areas of the country.

21 Jul 2011 description

As the United Nations steps up efforts to respond to a drought and food crisis across parts of the Horn of Africa, an initiative to double Ethiopia’s crop yields during the next five years will receive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ethiopia’s new agriculture agency aims to double crop yields in the country by adopting more ecologically sensitive farming methods, reducing pre- and post-harvest losses and increasing the use of new pesticides and fertilizer technology.

14 Jul 2011 description

According to the latest reports by the World Food Programme, some 10 million people are affected by the Horn of Africa's worst drought in 60 years. An estimated 3,000 people a day are arriving in Kenya and Ethiopia from Somalia seeking help. People are arriving in a very weak condition and it is very distressing to hear of the fatalities this severe hardship is causing.