Dialoguing on poverty and inequality in Ethiopia

Jun 12, 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly organized a conference with Bahir Dar University to explore issues of poverty and inequality in Ethiopia.

Delivering the opening address, UNDP’s acting resident representative, Mr. Janvier Wussinu, told participants, “Ethiopia has witnessed broad based and sustained economic and social development in the past decade, which has helped to reduce poverty and enhance human development in the country. However, Poverty remains the biggest challenge in Ethiopia, casting a long and dark shadow over all hard won progress.”

The conference, held on 12th June 2016 in Addis Ababa, provided an opportunity for policy makers, development partners, academicians and development practitioners to dialogue on how to tackle poverty, address human development, and promote inclusive growth in the country. The discussion also looked at sound and realistic policy recommendations that could be an input for Ethiopia’s upcoming national development strategy (GTP II).  

Three research study papers were presented in the conference. The first paper analyzed the multidimensional poverty in the urban areas of Amhara, where it was said that high level of inequality existed with 37.2% of the population was said to be living below the multidimensional poverty. The other two research papers explored linkages between economic growth, poverty and inequality and the gender perspective of the urban poverty.  

 “UNDP will continue to partner with the government, academic and research institutions and development practitioners to ensure that Ethiopia’s remarkable economic progress is translated to further reductions in poverty and closing the inequality gap,” said Mr. Janvier Wussinu.
The conference on poverty and inequality is part of an ongoing policy forum series organized by UNDP to share knowledge and converse issues of importance in the Ethiopian and global development context.
In Ethiopia, UNDP is actively engaged in designing and implementing strategic development interventions on the ground as well as providing policy support in the area of economic growth, poverty reduction, democratic governance, capacity building, and the realization of climate resilient green growth.

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