What: Integrated approach to improve social, health and economic well-being of 70,000 youth

Where: Buno Bedele Zone, Oromia, and West Gojjam Zone, Amhara, Ethiopia

When: 2021-2025

Together we create more.

Since May 2021, we have been involved in a Foundation Alliance for Africa (SAfA) project in Ethiopia. SAfA unites behind a common vision with the Dirk Roßmann Foundation, the Hanns R. Neumann Foundation, the Kühne Foundation and the Max und Ingeburg Herz Foundation, initially four differently positioned foundations. By bringing together their competencies and contributions, the vision is to pursue the welfare of the youth in an impact-oriented manner. We support the project in its daily work on behalf of the Max und Ingeburg Herz Foundation, with a strong focus on activities in coffee-growing regions. The project is co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Integrated approach for greater impact.

The project comprises three integrated components:

  1. Hanns R. Neumann Foundation (HRNS) Ethiopia conducts group-based training in so-called Youth Agricultural Innovation Groups (YAIGs) in agronomy, livestock, and business and entrepreneurial skills for 10,000 youth.

  2. The German Foundation for World Population (DSW) Ethiopia reaches 70,000 young people with its sexual and reproductive health training. In addition, DSW strengthens the capacities of local health facilities through technical training.

  3. The Elias Melake Foundation (EMF) promotes university research in agricultural logistics and supports the development of university curricula in supply chain management and logistics. It also provides direct training to 2,000 youth in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management.

All partners follow a gender mainstreaming strategy, promoting women's empowerment, and considering gender equality as a cross-cutting issue in all project activities.

Our focus is particularly on the activities of Hanns R. Neumann Foundation. The aim is to support the youth in smallholder coffee-growing regions in creating new sources of income. Project staff on the ground provide the youth with trainings in agronomy, animal husbandry, and business and entrepreneurial skills through both theory and practical exercises. The youth can then put the content they have learned into practice on demonstration fields.

The impact of the measures for our target group and learning are our top priority. For this reason, this project is independently evaluated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).