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2014-2018 Ethiopia Country Strategy Paper (CSP)

The 2014-2018 Ethiopia Country Strategy Paper (CSP) sets out Ireland’s strategy for bilateral development assistance to Ethiopia. The evaluation examined Embassy of Ireland, Addis Ababa’s approach to resilience in Ethiopia from 2014 to 2019. The Country Strategy Paper (CSP) was designed to contribute to a single resilience outcome: “Poor and rural households are more resilient to economic, social and environmental stresses and shocks” in a rapidly changing political, environmental and social context. The overall objective of the evaluation is to measure the value and worth of the CSP programme and the extent to which the approach to resilience has impacted on its performance.

Main Findings

The main findings are outlined below; more detailed findings can be found in the report:

  • There were many important broader achievements and contributions delivered during the period of the CSP that cannot be attributed to a deliberate application of the resilience approach. There is also a significant amount of valuable work carried out by embassy staff that is not captured in the performance Measurement Framework.
  • The evaluation did not find evidence of a formal inception of the Policy Brief on Building Resilience
  • The embassy is in a better position to make strategic contributions to sectors than some other donors due to its ability to manage strategic risks.
  •  The embassy has many notable strengths in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment, however, moving beyond targeting remains a challenge.
  • The evaluation found the CSP to be well focused overall on reaching the poorest, however, there were gaps in some projects around focus on the poorest.

The 2014-2018 Ethiopia Country Strategy Paper (CSP)