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Ethiopia - Integrated Water Resources Management Programme - BASIN SCALE RESILIENCE INITIATIVE FOR ETHIOPIA - BASRINET


    The initiative in question falls within the development framework of the Ethiopian Government outlined in the "10 Years Perspective Development Plan (2021-2030) and in the Ethiopian Home Grown Economic Reform (HGER) and more specifically supports the National Integrated Water Resources Management Program ( NIWRMP) of the Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE), implementing body of this initiative. It also aligns with programs to mitigate the impact of climate change on ecosystems and which encourage endogenous development models, integrating local communities in biodiversity management, through the creation of income-generating activities. The NIWRMP is the fundamental document for the management of the water resource in which the implementation methods of the various programs and sector policies are defined (AICS Addis Ababa has participated since May 2016 in the drafting of the document and has been Co-Chair since the same date of the Donor Government working group on Water Resources Management). It is also complementary to a wider group of initiatives that are implemented by the European Union and other member states (Netherlands, Denmark, Finland), within the framework of the Team Europe Initiative (TEI). The program is in harmony with the "Guidelines for an action of the Italian Cooperation in the water sector" (2015 and subsequent revisions), which underline the consistent and traditional commitment of Italy on the front both of the interventions aimed at guaranteeing the access to safe drinking water and sanitation and efforts to promote participatory management of water use in rural areas and water conservation. It is also consistent with the guidelines "Gender equality empowerment of women" which provides for the commitment to promote access to training for women and their active role in decision-making processes. This proposal arises from the experiences acquired by AICS, in collaboration with local institutions, through the implementation of the Program for Drought Resilience and Food Security, in 4 Woreda of the Afar Region and from a consolidated knowledge of the WASH sector and foreseen at national level by the Climate Resilient WASH approach which have guided the last few years of sector activity and the implementation of numerous initiatives aimed at increasing access to safe and continuous water in rural and urban §12 contexts. The integrated approach between WASH and pastoral support in the low lands reflects the real priorities of the communities and the deficit of access to services that is shared among all the "Arid and Semi - Arid Lands" (ASAL) areas of the country. The introduction of the strengthening of the Basin Authorities represents an element of strong innovation both in the work of the Italian Cooperation in the country and for Ethiopia itself, which has been aiming for some time to strengthen these territorial management bodies but without finding effective tools operations to achieve this result.

    Expected Impact

    The general objective is the improvement of the integrated management of water resources and soil management in Ethiopia. Specific objective The initiative intends to contribute to improving the resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities and to create sustainable living conditions through sustainable, equitable and efficient use of water resources in the Awash and Wabi Shebelle basins


    ETHIOPIA-Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE)

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Goal 7

    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

    Goal 7


    By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services


    Proportion of population with access to electricity


    Proportion of population with primary reliance on clean fuels and technology


    By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

    Renewable energy share in the total final energy consumption


    By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

    Energy intensity measured in terms of primary energy and GDP


    By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology

    International financial flows to developing countries in support of clean energy research and development and renewable energy production, including in hybrid systems


    By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support


    Installed renewable energy-generating capacity in developing and developed countries (in watts per capita)

    Goal 8

    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

    Goal 8


    Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries

    Annual growth rate of real GDP per capita


    Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors


    Annual growth rate of real GDP per employed person


    Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services


    Proportion of informal employment in total employment, by sector and sex


    Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead


    Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP


    Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP


    By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    Average hourly earnings of female and male employees, by occupation, age and persons with disabilities


    Unemployment rate, by sex, age and persons with disabilities


    By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Proportion of youth (aged 15-24 years) not in education, employment or training


    Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms


    Proportion and number of children aged 5‑17 years engaged in child labour, by sex and age


    Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment


    Fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 workers, by sex and migrant status


    Level of national compliance with labour rights (freedom of association and collective bargaining) based on International Labour Organization (ILO) textual sources and national legislation, by sex and migrant status


    By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products


    Tourism direct GDP as a proportion of total GDP and in growth rate


    Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services for all


    (a) Number of commercial bank branches per 100,000 adults and (b) number of automated teller machines (ATMs) per 100,000 adults


    Proportion of adults (15 years and older) with an account at a bank or other financial institution or with a mobile-money-service provider


    Increase Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries

    Aid for Trade commitments and disbursements


    By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization


    Existence of a developed and operationalized national strategy for youth employment, as a distinct strategy or as part of a national employment strategy

    Name Description

    Implementation of a functional and complete Hydrologic basin water information system

    Improved access to water for domestic, animal and productive uses The activities foreseen to achieve this result are the following: 2.1 Identification of water sources: mapping, development, protection and management

    Improved management of watersheds and buffer areas

    Improved capabilities of MoWE and Basin authorities regarding “Integrated Water Resources Management” and Installation and management of "Solar mini-grid" systems (for production uses and basic services).

    Financing (in USD)
    34.5 million USD
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    Action Network
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    01 April 2022 (start date)
    01 April 2025 (date of completion)
    6 7 8
    1. Africa
    Other beneficiaries

    Not targeted

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    Contact Information

    Livio , Environment Co-ordinator