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GIZ has been working in Ethiopia on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 1964. With about 100 international and 600 national staff, one of GIZ’s largest in-country teams worldwide can be found in this country. In addition, 14 development workers are working in various programmes, and 15 CIM experts are deployed in institutions and programmes in Ethiopia.

Three times the size of Germany, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is a landlocked country in the Horn of Africa with a population of around 87 million people. Despite average economic growth of 10 per cent since 2005, an estimated 40 percent of Ethiopians still live below the poverty line. In UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI 2013), Ethiopia ranks 173rd in the list of 187 countries (category: low human development). For decades, the rural population in the Ethiopian highlands has been affected by increasing food insecurity stemming from high population growth, deforestation and unsuitable agricultural production methods. The private sector remains underdeveloped.

In response to these challenges, the Ethiopian Government has adopted an ambitious five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (2010-2015), its aim being to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations and double Ethiopia’s GDP. Combating poverty and promoting economic growth are key elements of government policy.

In line with the Ethiopian Government’s objectives, German development cooperation with Ethiopia currently focuses on the following priority areas:

  • Labour market oriented Education and training
  • Sustainable land management.

Urban governance and decentralisation, quality infrastructure, renewable energies, and conflict management together with the Civil Peace Service (CPS) are other fields of activity for GIZ in Ethiopia. GIZ is also involved in four development partnerships with the private sector.

GIZ’s main commissioning party for activities in Ethiopia is BMZ. However, we also implement projects and programmes on behalf of other German ministries, for instance at present for the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. International donors, such as the EU, Canada, Ireland, Norway and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are making financial contributions to current programmes.

GIZ’s portfolio at the African Union, which is headquartered in the capital Addis Ababa, plays an important role in our work in Ethiopia. On behalf of BMZ and the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) as lead commissioning parties, GIZ is implementing various projects and programmes with the AU, focusing on agriculture, education, peace and security, regional economic integration and good governance.

Various international clients and the Ethiopian Government have commissioned the business area GIZ International Services (GIZ IS) to undertake projects in Ethiopia. One example is the development of infrastructure for Ethiopian universities on behalf of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education.



2014 marks 50 years of development cooperation between Ethiopia and Germany. What does this cooperation look like nowadays? This short film provides an insight into current activities of GIZ in the horn of Africa country.

GIZ Ethiopia – Your Partner in the Long Run (YouTube)

Projects and Programmes


Security, reconstruction and peace

GIZ AU Office

Office contact

GIZ Office Ethiopia
Country Director
Wolfgang Hannig

Office address
GIZ Office Ethiopia
Kazanchis, Kirkos Sub City, Woreda 18
Addis Ababa
Phone: 00251-11-5180200
Fax: 00251-11-5540764

Postal Address
P.O. Box 12631
Addis Ababa