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.
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.