Fida’s Development Cooperation work in Ethiopia

Kaksi pientä etiopialaista lasta leikkii kadulla vanhalla auton renkaalla.

Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and conflicts between different groups of people have been going on in the country for decades. Development has been slowed down by armed conflicts, natural disasters, and the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the conflicts, the number of internally displaced persons is increasing, food resources are dwindling, and the Tigray region is threatened with famine. Youth unemployment and the exclusion of women and young people from peace-building are also major societal challenges.

Involving minorities in peace building

Fida’s country programme in Ethiopia contributes to peace and cohesion of communities by encouraging the participation of women and girls, young people, and people with disabilities in peacebuilding processes. Peace dialogue between different groups of people is promoted by highlighting the underlying causes of conflict and poverty. The employment and livelihoods of women and young people will be improved through vocational and entrepreneurship training.

Fida’s partners are the Guennet Church Development and Welfare Organization of Ethiopia and Mulu Wongel Amagnoch Church Development Commission of Ethiopia.

Development cooperation is carried out in nine areas: Addis Ababa, Adama, Bahir Dar, Dessie, Hawassa, Nekemte, Shashamane, Wolmera and Wolayta Sodo.