Evaluation of Sweden’s long-term development cooperation with Ethiopia

2019 - 2020

Project status: Current

Funded by: Expertgruppen for bistandsanalys (EBA – Expert Group for Aid Studies)

This evaluation assesses the long-term impact of Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation) projects in Ethiopia from the 1960s to the current period. Sweden has been an important donor to Ethiopia during this period with some innovate rural development and education projects. For example, the Chilalo Agricultural Development Unit (CADU) was a flagship programme based on the paradigm of comprehensive rural development in the 1960s and the 1970s. The Ethiopian School Building Unit (ESBU) around the same time significantly increased the number of schools in the country; the schools built then still account for a significant proportion of schools in Ethiopia. Over the years, the support of Sweden slowly evolved towards strengthening civil society, improving the rights of women, supporting institutions for human rights and democratisation.

The evaluation will canvass the evolution of Swedish support to Ethiopia using archival evidences, interviews, statistical data and literature review. If will be informed by cutting-edge insights from impact evaluation, economic history and institutional development of Ethiopia during the relevant period. In addition, the political evolution of Sweden will be analysed to examine its potential effect on the dynamics of aid to Ethiopia.

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