Ethiopia is a priority country of Austrian Development Cooperation as of 1993. Encompassing a territory 13.5 times larger than Austria, it still faces some major challenges despite much progress: In its cooperation with the Austrian Development Agency, Ethiopia is seeking to build an effective and transparent administration to include all citizens, raise agricultural output and ensure food security.
KNOW-HOW FOR MOUNTAIN FARMERS AND PASTORALISTS
Agriculture makes up the backbone of the country at the Horn of Africa. About three-quarters of the working population are engaged in this sector. Austrian engagement therefore centres on rural development and food security. In North Gondar Zone, it supports peasant families in raising their crop yields to be able to build reserves and earn additional income from selling milk or fruit. This enables village communities to prepare better for periods of drought or crop failures.
RIGHT TO BASIC SERVICES
Another aim of ADA is to help enable the government to ensure basic water, education and health services. All sections of the population should be given equal access to public services and be able to take active part in planning and decision-making procedures. Particular attention is paid to the participation, involvement and empowerment of women. In addition, ADA supports democratic institutions such the Ombudsman Office, the Human Rights Council or the Office of the Auditor General to enable the population to lay democratic claim to their legal rights.