Since making our first grant in Ethiopia in 2000 and opening our office in Addis Ababa in 2012, we have worked with the Ethiopian government, donors, the private sector, and civil society organizations to help Ethiopians live healthier and more productive lives.
Health extension workers at a health post in Asano, Ethiopia.

At a glance

  • Ethiopia accounts for almost 10 percent of Africa’s population, so its successes in health and development will have a significant impact on the future of the continent.
  • With support from donors, the country has made remarkable progress in improving the lives of its people, including in the poorest communities and particularly in the areas of maternal and child health, education, and agricultural productivity.
  • We align all our efforts in Ethiopia with the government’s priorities, including efforts to advance gender equality, expand access to family planning, promote financial inclusion, and improve sanitation.
  • We collaborate with partners to develop solutions, listen to the Ethiopian people about their needs and circumstances, respond to emerging challenges and opportunities, and work to catalyze innovative thinking that can lead to greater impact.
  • Our grants in Ethiopia to date have totaled more than US$777 million.

The latest updates on our work in Ethiopia


Ethiopia serves as an example of how investing in human capital can yield significant economic growth and improvements in health care that benefit the entire population, including people in the poorest communities.

In the agricultural sector, we support Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), which works to help smallholder farmers by scaling up agricultural extension services, fighting crop and livestock diseases, improving crop and poultry breeding, spurring growth in markets for agricultural products, and supporting women in agriculture.

In the health sector, we support efforts to strengthen Ethiopia’s primary health care system, expand access to immunizations, improve coverage of family planning services, and improve maternal, newborn, and child health. Some of this work is in partnership with multilateral organizations that include Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Financing Facility; and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

In both sectors, we also focus on policy and advocacy to address systemic challenges and capture emerging opportunities.

Farmers collecting teff seeds provided by the government in Butajira, Ethiopia.
Farmers collecting teff seeds provided by the government in Butajira, Ethiopia.

More about our work in Africa

Regional office

Our work in Ethiopia is based out of our office in Addis Ababa.

Fact sheet: Our work in Africa

A brief overview of our priorities in Africa.


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