Our health experts are leading the final review of a program that addresses HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as gender-based violence among young people aged 10-24 years, such as female genital mutilation/cutting, rape, abduction, and child marriage. Our review will ascertain whether the program objectives have been achieved, and will fill knowledge gaps, provide lessons learned, and suggest the way forward for the program. The initiative is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and implemented by UNFPA and UNICEF Ethiopia as a joint program.
We recently guided the development of a roadmap to improve the coordination of donor support on behalf of the Ethiopian government. The roadmap outlines a number of activities to help ensure that the best possible value is obtained from international financing for the country’s health sector. For examples donors should align with Ethiopia’s planning cycle rather than the other way round. Another stream of work aims to change the focus on donors’ rules and procedures: the government is documenting the advantages of using its own rules and procedures.
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) wanted to increase the results focus of its education portfolio. We investigated how DFID could transfer resources based on agreed results. Our recommendations included offering higher incentives to the four emerging regions and basing "results" on students completing particular schooling levels.
We're providing technical review and advisory services to the Ethiopian Railway Corporation to help optimize the design of a 472-mile (760-kilometer) standard-gauge electrified railway from Addis Ababa to the port of Djibouti. The advice and skill transfer covers a range of disciplines from transport and operations planning, to geotechnical, bridges, signaling, and alignment design.