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Ongoing dialogue or “consultations” between the World Bank Group (WBG) and stakeholders – government, civil society, media, academia, and the private sector – is a critical aspect of the WBG’s work. Tapping into a broad range of perspectives, exchanging views, and capturing feedback strengthens the outcomes and accountability of the Bank Group’s engagement and helps build enduring partnerships. It is through this dialogue that the Bank Group can help implement more effective solutions to local, regional and global development challenges.

This website is a platform for the WBG to consult online with interested and impacted parties on selected areas of our work, such as new policies or changes to regulations, Country Partnership Strategies, global thematic studies and programs. Consultations may also take place on other dedicated websites, through face-to-face engagements and on social media. Please see links below on consultations held on this platform.

Ethiopia Country Partnership Framework

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The World Bank Group is Listening to You on Its Strategy for Ethiopia

The World Bank Group is preparing a Country Partnership Framework (2017-2021) to guide its support to Ethiopia's development efforts. We are in the process of hearing your views regarding Ethiopia's priorities and the role the World Bank Group can play in helping the country achieve its development goals.

The first step was the preparation of the Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD). This forward-looking exercise aimed to identify constraints that keep the country from reaching its full potential. With the SCD completed, and made publicly available, the World Bank Group (WBG) is further consulting with stakeholders to focus the discussion on the forthcoming Country Partnership Framework (CPF). This document will be the foundation for  how the World Bank Group can best support Ethiopia to address its development challenges while achieving the World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

For the first phase in May 2016, and the second phase in August 2016, multiple consultations were held on the draft CPF in five different cities across the country, with more than 1,000 people participating in the conversation on the country's development agenda as well as recommendations on new opportunities and challenges. While consultations were held in Addis Ababa to discuss national development priorities, stakeholders in Oromia, Gambella, Somali, Harari, Tigray, Afar, SNNPR and Dire Dawa focused on regional issues.

We received more than 600 emails through our online consultation in August-September 2016 on issues that included governance, political freedoms and distribution of wealth in Ethiopia, corruption, the need to transform agriculture, weaknesses in the education system, liberalization of trade, and economic competitiveness. 

To gather innovative ideas and encourage the youth to contribute to the country’s development agenda, the country office also held an essay contest “Blog4Dev” on `How Ethiopia can reach middle income country status without leaving anyone behind’. The contest attracted more than 100 entries from university students in Ethiopia.

Identifying Key Development Challenges and Opportunities for Ethiopia

The Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) is a key reference point on priorities for WBG engagement in Ethiopia. The preparation of the SCD, which entailed consultations with stakeholders helped identify key challenges and opportunities for ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity in Ethiopia. The SCD was finalized and made public in May 2016.

Final Phase

Starting February 21, the World Bank Group will be launching the third and final phase of consultations to share a more refined CPF approach and explain the focus areas of the CPF, which reflect feedback from the previous consultations.

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Consultation Phase:
Closed
June 01, 2016 to August 01, 2016

Identifying Key Development Challenges and Opportunities for Ethiopia

The Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) is a key reference point on priorities for WBG engagement in Ethiopia. The preparation of the SCD, which entailed consultations with stakeholders helped identify key challenges and opportunities for ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity in Ethiopia. The SCD was finalized and made public in May 2016.

Details
Consultation Phase:
Closed
August 03, 2016 to February 21, 2017

A New World Bank Group Strategy for Ethiopia

The Country Partnership Framework (CPF) is an operational plan and the main tool guiding the WBG's support for Ethiopia's development program. It starts from the country's own development goals, builds around widespread consultations and engagement with all stakeholders. This phase is ongoing.

The Consultation Process

The consultation process includes both face-to-face consultation meetings and an online/web-based platform. A series of consultations with the government of Ethiopia, civil society and non-governmental organizations, private sector, academia, think tanks, diaspora and opinion groups have been planned as follows:

  1. Online consultations- August 3rd- September 2nd 2016
  2. Blog contest- July 11- August 11

Addis Ababa-based consultations

  1. Academia, think tanks, private sector, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016
  2. Federal level - Wednesday,  Aug. 3, 2016
  3. Civil Society, Donors- August 4, 2016

Regional consultations, August 9, 2016

  1. Bahir Dar ( Amhara and Benshangul Gumz)
  2. Hawassa ( SNNPRs)
  3. Dire Dawa ( Dire Dawa, Somali, Harari)
  4. Mekelle ( Tigray, Afar)
  5. Addis Ababa (Oromia and Gambella)

Washington Based consultations, September 2016

  1. Ethiopian Diaspora
  2. International NGOs, CSOs, Think Tanks
  3. Expert panel
Details
Consultation Phase:
Closed
February 21, 2017 to February 27, 2017

The Country Partnership Framework (CPF) is an operational plan and the main tool guiding the WBG's support for Ethiopia's development program. It starts from the country's own development goals, as articulated in the Growth and Transformation Plan II, builds around widespread consultations and engagement with a broad range of  stakeholders. This phase is ongoing.

The Consultation Process

A series of consultations with the government of Ethiopia, civil society and non-governmental organizations, private sector, academia, think tanks, diaspora and opinion groups have been planned as follows:

Addis Ababa-based consultations

  • Civil society, academia and the private sector - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Development Partners – Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • Federal government – Monday, February 27, 2017

Regional consultations

  • Bahir Dar ( Amhara and Benshangul Gumz) – Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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