South Dublin County - Ethiopian Partnership Project 2006-2011

Irelandís involvement in developing-world aid and education is widely respected. Normally the domain of charities and NGOs, the involvement of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) in a capacity-building programme in Ethiopia over a five-year period is unique in Irish terms. 

The scale of response in the county to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, led local Councillors to convince the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, of the potential in a leading Irish local authority establishing a mentoring and capacity-building partnership in Ethiopia. If successful, this pilot project could be extended further by harnessing the energy of other Irish public bodies to the benefit of Ethiopian sister authorities.

Initial study visits, hard work and research led to the identification of two adjoining towns, Butajira and Werabe, as project partners. Agreement of a project structure, targets and financing with Irish Aid was paralleled by the establishment of an internal Council team to steer the project. 




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