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Developing Regional States Implement Value Chain Investment Plans

Twenty-two pilot districts in the regions of Afar, Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz and Somali have implemented their very first Value Chain Investment Plans with support received from the United Nation Capital Development Fund and the United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia. This has been con more

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Entrepreneurship Development Programme Rolls-Out to Regions of Ethiopia

The Government of Ethiopia in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) officially launched a three-year Entrepreneurship Development Program, the Government-UNDP joint flagship programme, in February 2013 at the Ethiopian Premier's Office in Addis Ababa, in the presence of Pr more

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Ethiopia Launches New Entrepreneurship Development Programme

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic Ethiopia, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  jointly launched an Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Ethiopia  at a special ceremony presided by H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Making hi more

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From seed to market, transforming agriculture in Ethiopia

Hurgessa Gutema owns a small farm in Wolisso in central Ethiopia. With help from a local farming co-operative, his crop yield is rising year after year. “Thanks to better seeds and fertilizer from the farmers union, we harvest up to 20 quintals for every half-hectare,” he said. “We used to get only more

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Introducing New Skills to an Ancient Art

Religious and traditional paintings as well as sculptures have been a central part of the lives of Ethiopians for centuries. Following the traditional line of knowledge and skill transfer across the ages, hundreds of youth are engaged in producing religious and traditional paintings and icons, with more

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Moving towards Industrial Cluster Development Initiatives

Ethiopia’s Local Economic Development Programme (LED) is going ahead with industrial cluster development in order to enhance the competitiveness of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) and lay the foundation for industrial development in various regions across the country. The LED programme follows a more

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Overcoming Disabilities to Earn a Living

The Wolayta Sodo Center for the Blind is providing employment to 18 men and women without sight who turned to begging around churches and streets when the Center faced shortage of finance to purchase inputs for production and management problem.   UNDP Ethiopia through LED Programme provided th more

Promoting Ethiopia's Commodity Exchanges

In April 2008, Ethiopia’s first commodity exchange was established in a country where only a third of the agricultural produce reached the market. The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) was created to provide security and visibility for the country’s commodity traders. Jointly owned by its memb more

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Supporting young entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

Aynalem Ayele is a young woman brimming with confidence. “Ayni’s Design,” her small jewelry and clothing design shop in the heart of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, offers creative designs of leather products, incorporating cultural motifs and items into everyday products for the young and savvy ur more

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Tackling Poverty Through Culture and Heritage

  Genet Tesfaye is a young, married mother of one living in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa. A potter by trade, Genet has been contributing more and more to her family’s income through her craft. Ethiopia has a diverse and rich cultural heritage, and a joint UNDP-UNESCO project is taking more