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Responding to the Increasing Risk of Drought: Building Gender-responsive Resilience of the Most Vulnerable Communities

Beneficiaries Anticipated number of people with increased resilience


GCF results areas
  • Health, food and water security
  • Livelihoods of people and communities
  • Ecosystems and ecosystem services
UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • #6 Clean water and sanitation

Location & People

  • Africa
  • Ethiopia ETH
Beneficiaries (approx.) 1,320,000

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Public / Private
    • Private
  • Project size:
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • E&S Risk category:
    • Category A
    • Category B
    • Category C
Total project investment
GCF Financing
  • Instrument Grant USD
  • Government of Ethiopia Grant USD

Project owners

Accredited Entity Executing Entity
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE) Ethiopia
Responding to the Increasing Risk of Drought: Building Gender-responsive Resilience of the Most Vulnerable Communities Approved October 2017 Est. implementation period 5.0 years
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.
Document title
Published date
Approved funding proposal FP058 - MoFEC - Ethiopia 06 Nov 2017
Gender assessment FP058 - MoFEC - Ethiopia 31 Jan 2018
Gender action plan FP058 - MoFEC - Ethiopia 31 Jan 2018
ESS report FP058 - MOFEC - Ethiopia 13 Sep 2017
Accredited Entity
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (MOFEC) Mr. Admasu Nebebe Gedamu Tel: +251-930102261 Mr. Zerihun Getu Tel: +251-921566324
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