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COVID-19: Tackling the challenge with local solutions

The journey of finding these solutions through the challenge grant started by engaging the tech and innovation community, finding out how technology can help us as well as on how they can leverage the…  


Democracy is a precious flower……


Innovation centered pandemic response: supporting Ethiopian’s industrial parks keep operating

On March 13th, two days after WHO confirmed COVID-19 as a global pandemic, the first case of the virus was confirmed in Ethiopia by the Ministry of Health. Immediately, UNDP Ethiopia changed gear…  


From Ebola to COVID-19: We won a battle, now we’re fighting a war

I was working for UNDP Liberia when Ebola struck in March 2014. I witnessed the fight to the last case and helped support the national response, all through April 2015 when the epidemic was…  


Let Them Lead : Learning from experimentation on student-led platforms to enhance skills and graduate employability

As it settled down to business in the country office, the first challenge the Ethiopian accelerator lab took on was the employment gap for university graduates. According to data from Central…  


COVID-19: How to live with risk and succeed

I write this from Ethiopia, a country that is facing a pandemic threatening an impressive record of development progress. Ethiopia has seen its Human Development Index rise to 0.470 in 2018, an…  


The tale of two cities: turning waste into a profitable business

We picked waste management as one of our focus areas because it is a key issue of urbanization and in the 21st century, waste management must be environmentally conscious and sustainable. On this…  


Co-creating Solutions with youth: engaging with the leading force

During the holiday season, UNDP, through its Goh accelerator lab, partnered with ICE Addis, an leading innovation lab in Ethiopia, to provide a platform for university students from across Ethiopia to…  


Promoting biodiversity resources in Ethiopia

A landlocked country in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is endowed with an incredibly rich biodiversity: It is home to 6,000 species of which 10% are endemic and is ranked as one of the top 25 endemic…  


Accelerator Lab - Exploring Masked Opportunities for Youth

It is time to talk about our UNDP Ethiopia accelerator lab plan as we start on our journey. I would say it is an exciting time for our country. Over the past years, Ethiopia’s economy has been among…  

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