Ethiopia has undergone a major political change. After several years marked by popular demonstrations, a new government promised democratic reforms. Thousands of political prisoners were released, opposition movements formerly branded as terrorists were welcomed back into the country and a peace deal with Eritrea was brokered.
The more open political climate also recognised (perceived) past injustices between various ethnic groups. The related violence resulted in several million people being displaced.
The Family Guidance Association Ethiopia (FGAE) refused to sign the United States government’s so-called gag rule and lost funding for 10 sex worker clinics in Ethiopia. The rule means that no NGO based outside the US will receive US aid funding unless it signs a commitment not to be associated with abortion. Thanks to additional funds mobilised by the She Decides initiative, the Netherlands was able to increase its support to FGAE and keep these clinics open.
With support from the Netherlands and others, Ethiopia has been able to reduce malnutrition. Chronically food insecure households received continuous support from the Productive Safety Net Programme funded by the Netherlands. And with Dutch support, farm households improved sustainable land use and increased their productivity.