Fighting unemployment and getting girls back into school: Czech development projects in Ethiopia

Agriculture, water and education are three of the main areas where Czechia cooperates with Ethiopia on development. While just under a third of the country’s inhabitants live below the poverty line and more than half are illiterate, the population is growing fast. Aside from the problems this situation brings with it, such as unemployment and deforestation, Ethopia also has to fight something else caused by the developed world: climate change.

Ethiopia is one of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ priority countries for bilateral development cooperation due to the high poverty rate in the country. This in itself is the result of a complex crisis caused by a number of factors such as climate change, Covid, the various current international crises, as well as ethno-political conflicts in the region.

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Authors: Anna Fodor, Martina Kutková