• Ethiopia

    Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is the second populous country in the continent with about 109 million people (2018). It is a landlocked country bordering Somalia, Somaliland, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Eritrea.

    Ethiopia is among the few African countries that have been registering the fastest economic growth consecutively for over a decade with an average growth rate of almost 10% a year between 2008 and 2018, compared to the regional average of 5.4%. (World Bank 2019). Despite this encouraging progress, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. GDP per capita is an estimated USD 767 (World Bank 2017). Ethiopia ranks 173rd in the UN HDI rankings.

    Accounting for almost half of the GDP, 83% of exports and 80% of employment, agriculture continues to be the foundation of Ethiopia’s economy. By strengthening the capacity of the sector and commercialising agriculture, the government envisages to transform its economy from an agricultural-led to an industrial-led economy and achieve lower-middle-income status by 2025.

    The Pharo Foundation operates in the Benishangul Gumuz regional state. In the Menge district,  the Foundation has been implementing an Integrated Livelihood Development programme which includes agriculture, water and education components. In the Homosha district, the Pharo School operates as a full boarding school with a capacity of 240 students. The school provides the best educational opportunities to brighter and driven young girls from across the region. Our work in the regional capital Assosa focuses on health and education.

    In addition, in 2019, the Foundation implemented two slow sand filtration projects which provide clean water supply for approximately 15,000 residents in two villages in the Somali region of Ethiopia.