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Ethiopia’s business environment and how it influences WASH market development

This learning note focuses on identifying the basic challenges of the Ethiopian private sector business environment and highlights opportunities for growth and investment in the WASH sector. The learning note examines how access to foreign exchange currency, import of raw and finished goods, intellectual property protection and business start-up costs are affecting the WASH business environment. It concludes that an enabling business environment and strong private sector will not only help expand access to critical WASH products and services – but will also help Ethiopia to realize its open defecation free (ODF) goal and to achieve Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II )and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.

TitleEthiopia’s business environment and how it influences WASH market development
Publication TypeBriefing Note
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsBakker, E., Feldman, P.
Secondary TitleUSAID Transform WASH learning note
Paginationiii, 18 p. : 1 tab.
Date Published09/2020
PublisherUSAID Transform WASH and IRC WASH
Place PublishedAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

This learning note focuses on identifying the basic challenges of the Ethiopian private sector business environment and highlights opportunities for growth and investment in the WASH sector. The learning note examines how access to foreign exchange currency, import of raw and finished goods, intellectual property protection and business start-up costs are affecting the WASH business environment. It concludes that an enabling business environment and strong private sector will not only help expand access to critical WASH products and services – but will also help Ethiopia to realize its open defecation free (ODF) goal and to achieve Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II )and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.

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This is an ongoing series of blogs and publications by IRC under the USAID Transform WASH project. Please click here for all IRC's work on this project.

USAID Transform WASH aims to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) outcomes in Ethiopia by increasing market access to and sustained use of a broader spectrum of affordable WASH products and services, with a substantial focus on sanitation.

Transform WASH achieves this by transforming the market for low-cost quality WASH products and services: stimulating demand at the community level, strengthening supply chains, and improving the enabling environment for a vibrant private market.

USAID Transform WASH is a USAID-funded activity implemented by PSI in collaboration with SNV, Plan International, and IRC WASH. The consortium is working closely with government agencies, including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, the One WASH National Program, and regional and sub-regional governments.

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