Capacity building is a phenomenon of the twentieth century that has been shown to produce areas of vast improvement within a specific region. It embodies a comprehensive approach by organizations wanting to strengthen the skill, abilities, and competencies of communities around the world to achieve local and national development. Ethiopia has experienced significant capacity building in recent years, and the developmental goals put forth are for better infrastructure and a more cohesive workforce. Below, Hiruy Amanuel, an innovative investor who strives to bring both economic and technological greatness to Ethiopia and Africa as a whole, shares how the United Nations, UNESCO, USAID, and various NGOs have been instrumental in the efforts for capacity building in Ethiopia.
The United Nations:In response to requests made by the local government in Ethiopia, the United Nations has formed a project that is designed to address Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). These goals embody policies that encourage the reduction of poverty, growth of the local economy, preservation and improvement of the environment, and mitigation of climate change. The goals of the UN are set to be achieved by the year 2030 and plans are already underway to forge tremendous progress.
UNESCO: A group dedicated to maintaining the diversity of cultural expression, UNESCO is in Ethiopia, working alongside the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, to preserve the cultural sector of the local community. The heritage of Ethiopia is deeply rooted in music, films, and dance. Awareness and preservation of the cultural integrity behind these art forms are not only important to national identity, but also in the production of economic growth and implementation of new jobs.
USAID:Battling Ebola and HIV are the mainstays of USAID within Ethiopia at a health center that has helped thousands. Located on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the health center is managed by USAID to provide the local population with medical supplies—including adult antiretroviral medicines and HIV test kits. They have also provided training and ongoing support to medical staff within many health centers across Ethiopia and have educated locals about the importance of HIV testing and safe sex practices.
INTRAC: A non-profit organization that provides training for civil capacity development, INTRAC has been helping the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) within Ethiopia. They have been instrumental in their advising capabilities on leadership within local society, financial integrity within the government, the inclusion of all genders and managerial approaches to deter from social exclusion.
As capacity building creates substantial improvements in Ethiopia, programs are launched to help the ultimate growth and development of the country, jobs are created, and everyone is exposed to a global perspective of advancement. Low levels of unemployment, management of national debt, low levels of inflation, and a positive balance of trade are all actions made possible by capacity building. Domestic growth in Ethiopia and the evolution of a highly developed infrastructure are among the most important goals with capacity building. Slowly, but surely, they are being accomplished.
About Hiruy Amanuel:
Hiruy Amanuel is an investor that is dedicated to developing the IT sector in Africa. Based in East Africa, Mr. Amanuel has co-founded several tech companies which are involved in increasing opportunities for Africa’s IT professionals through capacity building. Hiruy Amanuel is helping bring the best of African tech-talent to the world and impacting countless people’s lives on the way.