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07 Aug 2018 description

The International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has today launched the UK’s biggest ever tax partnership programme to help Ethiopia generate more tax during her visit to the country.

The programme will transform Ethiopia’s tax system, helping it to harness the potential of its booming economic growth. This new partnership will also help the country generate revenue so that it can better finance its own services and development, becoming less reliant on aid.

06 Jul 2018 description

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty.

11 Jul 2017 description

The UK Department for International Development announced £90 million of support for family planning in Ethiopia.

The UK, through its Department for International Development today announced its new Family Planning by Choice programme, which will provide £90 million of support for voluntary family planning in Ethiopia over the next four years.

The programme will work with the Federal Ministry of Health to give millions of women access to modern, voluntary family planning services across the country.

The programme aims to:

10 Dec 2016 description
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Management response to the Evaluation of the Pilot Project of Result-Based Aid in the Education Sector in Ethiopia

Executive Summary

This report presents the results of an independent, three-year evaluation of a pilot project intended to improve access to and the quality of lower secondary education in Ethiopia through the use of resultsbased aid (RBA), an innovative approach to development. RBA is an aid partnership between a donor and a recipient government in which the disbursement of aid is tied to results achieved rather than activities completed or outputs produced. The amount of aid provided is directly related to the magnitude of the outcomes achieved.

23 Dec 2015 description

New humanitarian support from Britain will help millions of people facing a severe and escalating food crisis in Ethiopia.

Ongoing drought has left 18 million Ethiopians in urgent need of relief. Crop failure and the death of livestock have led to widespread food shortages. Many children face the risk of malnutrition and a lack of clean water is increasing the threat of disease.

The UN and Government of Ethiopia have launched an appeal for an additional £923 million for the response.

11 Dec 2015 description

Ongoing drought has left Ethiopia facing a severe food crisis with millions in urgent need of emergency food aid and children facing malnutrition, International Development Minister Nick Hurd has warned.

The Government of Ethiopia and UN estimate that 10.2 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance and have launched an appeal for an additional $1.4 billion (£923 million) for the response. A further 7.9 million will need support under Ethiopia’s safety nets programme – bringing the total number of people in need of relief to more than 18 million.

19 Dec 2014 description


Ethiopia matters to the UK for a range of development, foreign policy and security reasons. It is populous, poor, vulnerable but comparatively stable in the Horn of Africa. From a low base, Ethiopia’s growth and expansion of basic services in recent years have been among the most impressive in Africa. The UK Government has an opportunity to make our support more transformational and accelerate Ethiopia’s graduation from aid dependency.

13 Dec 2013 description

Ambassador Greg Dorey visited the reception center receiving Ethiopian returnees deported from Saudi Arabia, as UK contributes $1 million

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, HE Greg Dorey, has visited today the reception centre that is accepting Ethiopian returnees being deported from Saudi Arabia at Bole International Airport.

14 Feb 2013 description

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today announced a new education project which will help 89,000 girls in Mozambique and Ethiopia gain an education and improve their life chances.

08 Jun 2012 description


Recommendation 1:

DFID should revise its 2010 strategy for education to ensure that learning outcomes are at the heart of its support through all levels of the education delivery chain.

Action already taken

  • The DFID 2010 "Learning For All" Education Strategy puts improving the quality of learning at the heart of DFID's education strategy

15 Sep 2011 description

Matthew Benson - report from the field

Matthew Benson is deputy policy and programme manager for DFID's humanitarian response and preparedness group. The team is responsible for monitoring global humanitarian crises and managing DFID's humanitarian response operations. Matthew has recently returned from Ethiopia, where he met some of the families being helped by UK aid.

"I spent three days in Ethiopia in August 2011, monitoring and observing the distribution of DFID-funded supplementary feeding for those affected by the drought.

29 Jul 2011 description

A better life

Business is good for Feleke Dukamo, a coffee farmer in Awassa, southern Ethiopia. “My coffee sells for nine times more than it used to”, he says, “and now I can aspire to a better life. I’ve been able to buy some cattle, and as my farm grows, I can employ people to help bring in the harvest.”

So life for Feleke and his family has been transformed, and he is providing jobs for people in his local community. How has all this been achieved? Through a simple piece of information – Feleke now knows the price of coffee.

Bean counting

04 Jul 2011 description

Britain will provide emergency food relief for 1.3 million people in Ethiopia as the region faces its worst drought in a decade, Andrew Mitchell said today.

The International Development Secretary warned that the rest of the international community will need to pull its weight if a full-scale disaster is to be avoided.

Britain will fund the World Food Programme to provide emergency food for drought-stricken Ethiopians for the next three months to help them through the driest months of the year.

01 May 2011 description

Why we work in Ethiopia

Home to 80 million people, Ethiopia is sub-Saharan Africa’s second most populated country. Progress in tackling poverty there will be vital if the world is to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

At the heart of an unstable region and sharing borders with Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea, a secure and prosperous Ethiopia is also critical to UK interests. Poverty and instability in the Horn of Africa are among the root causes of migration to Europe and contribute to an environment in which extremism can prosper.

08 Mar 2011 description

Across the developing world, girls and women continue to bear a disproportionate burden of poverty. Yet we know it is possible to take effective practical action that enables girls and women to fulfill their potential. And we know that the benefits of investing in girls and women are transformational - for their own lives and for their families, communities, societies and economies. Empowering girls and women has multiplier effects for economic growth and achieving all of the MDGs.

If we reach girls, in particular, early enough in their lives, we can transform their life chances.

10 Mar 2010 description

A combination of failed rains and rising prices led to food shortages across Ethiopia in 2008.

In the worst hit parts of the country, children suffered from malnutrition.