Overview Inequalities in human development in the 21st century
In every country many people have little prospect for a better future. Lacking hope, purpose or dignity, they watch from society’s sidelines as they see others pull ahead to ever greater prosperity. Worldwide many have escaped extreme poverty, but even more have neither the opportunities nor the resources to control their lives. Far too often gender, ethnicity or parents’ wealth still determines a person’s place in society.
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will enhance its support around democratic governance and inclusive growth in Ethiopia to meet the country’s accelerated reform agenda and deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The commitment follows a 2 day official visit to Ethiopia by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, accompanied by UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa Director Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, where he met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, key government Ministers and officials, women leaders, and development partners on opportunities for scaling up UNDP’s support to Ethiopia.
This socio-economic impact assessment has been drafted by the United Nations in Ethiopia and reflects collective assessment of the scale, nature and depth of socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in the country.
The global covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and the immediate implications of the crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa are already very serious. Despite the still relatively small caseload, the sharp deterioration of global conditions and the response measures taken in the region to combat the pandemic have already precipitated a major socio-economic crisis. Ethiopia has not been spared.
In Ethiopia the socio-economic impacts are already wide-ranging and serious with the potential to become severe depending on the combination of the pandemic’s trajectory, the effects of counter-measures and underlying and structural factors.
The assessment urges for policy response that puts people and their rights at the center, especially those most impacted and left behind. It calls on Ethiopia to avoid artificial and damaging demarcations, between response and recovery, and between humanitarian, health and socio-economic dimensions of the crisis. Download the assessment
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