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).
As shown in the report, Ethiopia has successfully achieved six of the eight MDGs. Even for the other two lagging MDGs—MDG 3 on ensuring gender equality and empowering women, and MDG 5 on improving maternal health—significant progress has been observed. Today Ethiopia celebrates the fact that the proportion of people below the poverty line has been halved; the prevalence of hunger and undernourishment has been reduced; access to education has expanded; the gap in enrolment between boys and girls has narrowed; under-five mortality has been reduced by two-thirds; and similar progress was recorded in reducing HIV/AIDs, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases. A Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy has been formulated and the Government has set itself a bold vision of becoming middle-income carbon-neutral economy by 2025.