Ethiopia: Building Capacity for Woreda Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Context and Objectives 
Ethiopia has experienced steady economic growth in the recent past, but is also one of the most disaster-prone countries in Africa. Therefore, development programs focusing on reducing disaster risks will be key to protecting economic gains while also promoting sustainable development.

The primary objective of the activity was to support the efforts of Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS), a department of the Ethiopian government, in achieving disaster risk profiling of the 27 Woredas (districts) as part of the National Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), and to effectively mainstream Disaster Risk Management (DRM) measures in the country.

Main Activities
The project activities sought to achieve to the following outcomes:

  • Setting up a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee with representatives of the Ethiopian National Disater Risk Management Commission (NDRCM), the World Bank, Cordaid, and development partners (including the European Commission DG ECHO, USAID, UNDP), which oversee the project implementation.
  • Developing improved Disaster Risk Profiles, Preparedness Plans and Contingency Plans in 27 selected Woredas. These are firstly developed for 2 pilot Woredas, and subsequently proposed improvements of data collection tools are presented to the Steering Committee. Following this, the Profiles and Plans are developed for the remaining 25 Woredas.
  • Developing and disseminating lessons learned on disaster risk reduction information in the 27 selected Woredas for wider public use.
  • Making available the Risk Profiles of 27 Woredas for the NDRCM to upload on their official website.
  • Providing training to government officials and stakeholders in risk and vulnerability assessments in the 27 selected Woredas.

Results

The activities under the projects were finalized. The following results were achieved:

  • Improved Disaster Risk Profiles, Preparedness Plans and Contingencay Plans were developed for all of the 27 selected Woredas.
  • The 27 Woreda Disaster Risk Profiles were added to the government's risk profile database.
  • Lessons learned on the compilation, dissemination, and use of disaster risk reduction information were developed and disseminated. 3780 different kinds of Woreda Disaster Risk Profile documents were published and handed over to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, to be distributed to the public at large in the 27 selected Woredas.
  • Government officials and stakeholders were trained in risk and vulnerability assessments in selected Woredas:
    • 325 government staff were trained in data collection;
    • 575 government staff were trained in data analysis, interpretation, and validation, as well as in the development of DRR/adaptation/mitigation and contingency plans.

Partnerships and Coordination
The project is implemented in collaboration with the Ethiopian National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), the African Center for Disaster Risk Management (ACDRM) and the World Bank.

The project is in partnership between the Ethiopian Government, DRMFSS, now Commission, CORDAID and the African Centre for Disaster Risk Management.

Country
Region
  • Africa
Priority area
  • Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $750,000
Co-financing
  • $75,000
Duration
  • 07/2015 to 09/2017