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Sida's work in Ethiopia

Sida’s development cooperation with Ethiopia contributes to strengthening respect for human rights, increasing the country’s resilience to climate change and creating the preconditions for people to improve their standard of living. In light of the ongoing conflict between Tigranian security forces and the federal army and other pro-government forces, Sida has a close dialogue with our partner organisations about their ability to carry out their work.

Sida’s support in Ethiopia 2021

Total development assistance 711993000 SEK, Development cooperation 369387000 SEK, Humanitarian assistance 342605000 SEK.

Progress has been made

Poverty has declined

Poverty has declined from 46% in 1995 to 24% in 2015/16, according to the World bank.1 Ethiopia has one of Africa’s most rapidly growing economies.2

Small steps towards democracy

The country has taken several strides towards more democratic government, including a 2019 change to electoral legislation that facilitates free and democratic elections in which the political opposition can participate. During 2020 and 2021 the democracy has partly gone in the wrong direction.

Halved maternal mortality

Maternal mortality has more than halved since 20003 and access to prenatal care has increased.

Challenges remain

Deep inequality

Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries on earth and inequality is rife. The country was ranked 173rd out of 189 countries in the 2019 UNDP Human Development Index.4

Deficient democracy

All the elections thus far held in Ethiopia have been disputed and criticised. Discrimination and violence based on gender and sexual orientation are common and child labour remains a problem.

The pandemic leads to unemployment

Unemployment has risen due to COVID-19, particularly among women and young people.5

Two types of aid in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: April 1, 2022