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EthiopiaIRC Ethiopia at a glance      

The IRC team in Ethiopia is led by director Lemessa Mekonta

12 staff and 2 hosted staff
17 projects
8 donors
34 partners, collaborations or working groups
€ 1.16 million invested 

$ 2,423 Gross Domestic Product per capita PPP
#172 Human Development Index ranking
1,117 m3 Renewable water resource per capita

data from 2022

Partner areas

South Ari and Negelle Arsi

Scaling areas

 Shashamane, North Mecha, Dera, Farta

2015 IRC opens office in Ethiopia
2017-21 establish strong partnerships for WASH systems strengthening
2021-29 support partner and scale areas
2030 universal access to WASH in Ethiopia

The challenge

Conflict, emergencies, and ongoing reforms are impacting all development activities in Ethiopia. The revised National Water Policy and Strategy has not yet been endorsed, while the country is home to millions of people without access to safe drinking water. 

The opportunity

Coincidentally, it is in a time of instability that a WASH systems approach can have its greatest opportunity. We believe continued engagement with government and communities is vital to achieving the ambition of SDG6. A systems approach is the only approach that has a chance to succeed. 

Partnerships for change

We continue to strengthen our partnerships at district, regional and national levels - through multi stakeholder platforms and working groups focused on key themes such as market-based sanitation, climate-resilient WASH, finance and systems strengthening and by being a strong ally to South Ari and Negelle Arsi local governments in the implementation of their district WASH master plans.

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Gollagul Towers
8th floor | Office 813
Bole Sub City
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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