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  • New partnership to improve livelihood in Ethiopia

    We at Reach for Change enter a partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which is the technical implementation agency for European and German funded projects in the area of economic cooperation and development.

    Together we will work to empower both women and youth in business development and entrepreneurship with the aim to improve livelihoods of the local population of Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State, Ethiopia in terms of economic development and resilience.

    This pandemic has unfortunately generated a huge pushback for social and economic development in Ethiopia, and millions are at risk of getting drawn back into poverty again. That's why we now more than ever need to support vulnerable groups such as women and youth in job creation. This partnership is really enabling us to accelerate our support to female and youth entrepreneurs.

    Lemlem Sinkineh, Country Manager Ethiopia

    Through the partnership with GIZ we at Reach for Change will be working mainly with the Polytechnical College in Assosa and the Job Creation and Enterprises Development Office; Women, Children and Youth Affairs bureau, and World Vision BGR in Benishangul-Gumuz. Together we will provide entrepreneurial training for 300 young people and work with the 30 most innovative to design a minimum viable product and ultimately launch a business. In addition, we will be working with 30 women from saving groups to provide coaching and mentoring to grow the profitability of their businesses. This project is a sub-part of “Cross-border Collaboration Programme in Western Ethiopia and Eastern Sudan which is commissioned by the BMZ and co-financed by the EU. The primary objective of the project is to improve the livelihoods of the local population of Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State in terms of economic development and resilience.

    Benishangul-Gumuz is a developing region of Ethiopia and battles with a high rate of (youth) unemployment and vulnerability to shocks. Over the last two years, I had many conversations with the buzzing teachers and students of the PTC in Assosa and inspiring women of newly established saving groups and cooperatives. I learnt a lot about creativity and resilience and often we talked about the future. A desire for being aid-dependent never came up. Instead what I heard repeatedly was the determination of being economically independent, the wish to own a business and thus their future. I am excited because our cooperation offers a first, significant stepping stone towards the achievement of these goals and it contributes significantly to the resilience of the region.

    Maike van Ueuem, GIZ