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The latest issue of Ethiopia Quarterly Key Economic and Social Indicators produced by the Policy Advisory Unit is now available online.

 

UNDP Ethiopia 2013 Annual Report

2013 proved to be a year of strong progress for UNDP-supported initiatives that are in line with Ethiopia’s priority areas. One leading priority area is to unleash the full potential of Ethiopia’s still fledgling private sector and UNDP has taken the lead to support the government to set up a national Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) and an Entrepreneurship Development Centre to manage the programme.

Human Development Report 2014

on Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience was launched in Addis Ababa on 24 July 2014 in a packed room bringing together ministers, ambassadors, Representatives from the UN, private sector, civil society and the media.

 

The report highlights Ethiopia and Rwanda as countries that have achieved the fastest growth followed by Angola, Burundi, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.

 

“Preparing people for a less vulnerable future requires shoring up the intrinsic resilience of countries and communities” UNDP Ethiopia Resident Representative Eugene Owusu said at the launch event of the Human Development Report (HDR) 2014.

 

 

“Ethiopia’s realisation of the need for resilience is not new,” Environment and Forest Minister Belete Tefera said officially launching the HDR 2014 highlighting the country’s work in disaster prevention and preparedness for over two decades. He also underlined the government’s commitment to universal provision of social services as demonstrated by its decision to commit a large share of the national budget to pro poor services.   

 

 

The Addis Ababa launch brought together a panel comprising the National Planning Commission’s Deputy Commissioner Getachew Adem, the founder of the African Child Policy Forum Dr. Assefa Bequele, and the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa’s CEO Dr. Rahel Kassahun. The panel was moderated by Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe, Special Advisor to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.  

 

The panelists explored the theme of the HDR2014 reflecting that the principle of universality is an important entry point for dealing with issue of poverty. The report’s policy recommendations were said to be ambitious and called for the need to prioritize in terms of delivery of actions. While the report was commended as an advocacy tool, panelists underlined the need to move on and ensure action to make human development central to a country’s policy.

 

UNDP’s Coefficient on Human Inequality puts Sub-Saharan Africa as the most unequal region in the world.  

 

HDR2014 also warns that while overall poverty is declining, 2.2 million people around the world are poor or near poor and around 800 million people are looking at falling back into poverty if faced with setbacks.

Read opening speech by UNDP Ethiopia Resident Representative Eugene Owusu