A Snapshot of Views and Experiences Piloting new Development Approaches through the MDG Achievement Fund in Ethiopia



With double-digit economic growth and significant human development leaps recorded over the past decade, Ethiopia is clearly a country on the move. Yet, the vast majority of people (80%) still live in isolated rural areas and are largely dependent on rain-fed agriculture for their survival.

Over the past three years, with support from the MDG Achievement Fund, the government of Ethiopia and the United Nations (UN) tested new approaches for involving some of the most vulnerable people more actively in the country’s development process. Through five programmes, new development approaches were piloted with impressive results. In addition to adopting a holistic, cross-sectorial approach, each programme focused on investing in individuals’ capabilities and social opportunities. They also strengthened entire communities through economic and self-help groups.

This snapshot covers programme highlights, strategies implemented, and lessons learned from the field.

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