A population of around 90 million people makes Ethiopia the second largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has grown rapidly in the past decade, with among the lowest income inequality in Africa. And has achieved major social progress: in the last five years Ethiopia has made very significant reductions in child mortality, rolled out an innovative social safety net to protect some of the nation’s most vulnerable people, and put several million more children into primary school.

Around a quarter of Ethiopians still live in extreme poverty. So the Government of Ethiopia has set the goal of reaching middle-income status by 2025 while making sure that the benefits of growth reach all parts of society. To meet this ambitious aim the country will need to develop its manufacturing industry, allowing it to drive productive job creation and sustainable growth.

This is a moment of opportunity for Ethiopia, and we are supporting the government to implement its economic development vision and continue to improve the lives of the Ethiopian people. An AGI funded team is working in partnership with senior leaders and their staff at the heart of government, contributing to the government's latest efforts to strengthen the administration’s programme management, analysis and coordination capabilities. This is needed to ensure the government is equipped to meet the next set of challenges and continue to accelerate the country's progress in areas like private sector development.

Life expectancy increased by fifteen years from forty-eight in 1992 to sixty-three years in 2012, and poverty was halved in two decades. This is partly the result of the country’s distinctive development path and bold experiment in industrial policy.
Arkebe Oqubay, Minister and Special Advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minister


Sebastien Frendo, AGI's Country Head in Ethiopia, shares his first-hand experience of the potential of manufacturing to grow the economy and reduce poverty in Ethiopia.
AGI’s patron Tony Blair goes to Africa to help strengthen AGI’s growing reputation on the continent as a partner of choice in helping Governments drive national development.


Ethiopia's GDP has increased by 75% over the last decade and poverty rates have fallen substantially.


Just over half of Ethiopia now has access to electricity - the government aims to increase this number.


The government aims to create 50,000 new jobs at Bole Lemi industrial park in the next five years.

AGI In Action

Sep 2016

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.@GuardianAfrica takes a peek at Ethiopia's first ever space observatory

21st March 2016

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Sep 2015


To achieve #GlobalGoals developing countries need to be in driving seat, find out why

25th September 2015

95% of Ethiopian children now have access to primary education @dev_progress #globaldev

16th September 2015

#Ethiopia is a poster child for ‘new economy’ development” says Trevor Manuel, @MadeItInAfrica

4th September 2015

Aug 2015


IPDC is a key part of Ethiopia's plan to create millions of manufacturing jobs. You can see their website here:

24th August 2015

Jul 2015


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3rd July 2015

May 2015

What makes AGI's support unique is its practicality and continuous follow up to assure effectiveness.
Temelket Assefa
Expert, Agriculture and Industry Sector, Cabinet Affairs Office
6th May 2015

Apr 2015


.@tonyblairoffice told the @MilkenInstitute this week that Africa is 'the most exciting continent on the planet'.

30th April 2015