How far is aid 'going local' in Ethiopia?

European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva (center) speaks with Fikirte Hailu (left) of ECC-SDCOH, a local implementer of EU’s resilience-building projects to combat climate change in Ethiopia. Did an NGO law help push aid to go local in the country? Photo by: Malini Morzaria / ECHO / CC BY-NC-ND

Despite what organizations claim as Ethiopia’s poor human rights record, the country continues to enjoy good relations — and receive large sums of foreign aid — from some of the development community’s biggest donors.

In a recent Devex article, senior development analyst Lorenzo Piccio found that bilateral donors like the United Kingdom and the United States, and multilaterals like the World Bank, African Development Bank and the European Union continue to provide significant development funding to Ethiopia. And even Canada, with its aid cuts and program realignments, has kept the country in its small list of aid recipients.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.