A population of around 90 million people makes Ethiopia the second largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has grown rapidly in the past decade, with among the lowest income inequality in Africa. And has achieved major social progress: in the last five years Ethiopia has made very significant reductions in child mortality, rolled out an innovative social safety net to protect some of the nation’s most vulnerable people, and put several million more children into primary school.
Around a quarter of Ethiopians still live in extreme poverty. So the Government of Ethiopia has set the goal of reaching middle-income status by 2025 while making sure that the benefits of growth reach all parts of society. To meet this ambitious aim the country will need to develop its manufacturing industry, allowing it to drive productive job creation and sustainable growth.
This is a moment of opportunity for Ethiopia, and we are supporting the government to implement its economic development vision and continue to improve the lives of the Ethiopian people. An AGI funded team is working in partnership with senior leaders and their staff at the heart of government, contributing to the government's latest efforts to strengthen the administration’s programme management, analysis and coordination capabilities. This is needed to ensure the government is equipped to meet the next set of challenges and continue to accelerate the country's progress in areas like private sector development.