Responding to the increasing risk of drought: building gender-responsive resilience of the most vulnerable communities

Responding to the increasing risk of drought: building gender-responsive resilience of the most vulnerable communities

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 02 Oct 2017 at B.18
  • Est. completion 31 Aug 2025
  • ESS Category Category B

Providing rural communities with critical water supplies for year-round drinking water and small-scale irrigation to address risks of drought and other climate impacts.

Ethiopia is projected to experience drought conditions worsened by climate change, and the country’s exposure to drought and floods is heavily influenced by the El Niño/La Niña phenomenon. In 2015 to 2016 Ethiopia experienced one of its worst droughts in decades. Climate change impacts are likely to increase temperatures, create greater rainfall variability with more frequent extremes, and change the nature of seasonal rainfalls.

Introducing improved water supply and management systems will increase local communities’ productive capacity as well as the water ecosystem’s carrying capacity. The three main activities will be introducing solar-powered water pumping and small-scale irrigation, the rehabilitation and management of degraded lands around the water sources, and creating an enabling environment by raising awareness and improving local capacity. Over 50% of the beneficiaries will be women, with 30% of households being female-headed.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 5 years.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


12 Jun 2017 - 113 days

Funding proposal received

12 Jun 2017

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

03 Aug 2017


02 Oct 2017 - 499 days

Approved by GCF Board

02 Oct 2017

Cleared by iTAP

02 Oct 2017

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

20 Apr 2018

FAA executed

06 Dec 2018

Under implementation

12 Feb 2019 - 1,990 days so far

FAA effective

12 Feb 2019

Disbursement - USD 3,752,016

30 Apr 2019

Disbursement - USD 19,322,192

28 Jun 2021

Disbursement - USD 16,772,148

10 Aug 2023

To be completed

31 Aug 2025 - 403 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

Two priority groups

  • Least Developed Countries
  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing89% disbursed

GrantUSD 45,002,759
Total GCF Financing
USD 45,002,759


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 4,958,095
Total Co-Financing
USD 4,958,095

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Accredited Entity

Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Mr. Yonas Getahun

Director, of Country Program Division, MOFEC
Arada Sub-City, Addi Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone +251 91 116 7224
Mr. Zerihun Getu

CRGE Facility Coordinator, MOFEC
Arada Sub-City, Addi Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone +251-921566324
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Planning and Development
Mr Abas Ali Primary
Director, Economic Analysis and Policy
Gulele Sub-city, Woreda 1, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone +251 91 154 4526