Development cooperation: the Netherlands and Ethiopia

The Netherlands is your partner in development cooperation.

Dutch development cooperation policy

The Netherlands' approach to development cooperation is all about people's rights and opportunities. Everyone should be able to stand on their own feet and have opportunities to develop successful lives. The Netherlands also wants governments in developing countries to provide stability and protect their population.


The Dutch government's three ambitions for development cooperation are:

  • eradicating extreme poverty in a single generation
  • promoting sustainable, inclusive growth that also benefits the poorest and most vulnerable populations around the world
  • enabling Dutch companies to succeed abroad.

Doing what the Netherlands is good at

To achieve results the Netherlands invests in the themes where its expertise lies:

Within these themes, particular attention is paid to women's rights, climate change and promoting entrepreneurship.

Aid, trade and investment

Where possible the Netherlands links aid to trade. This contributes to sustainable economic growth worldwide, which benefits people in developing countries – including the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society. And it also provides opportunities for Dutch businesses.

The Netherlands' activities focus on:

  • more and better access to international markets
  • strengthening the private sector in low- and lower middle-income countries
  • promoting trade and investment
  • fair taxation
  • making production and marketing chains more sustainable.

Development cooperation: the Netherlands and your country or region

Development Cooperation in Ethiopia

Over the past years Ethiopia has achieved high economic growth and made considerable progress in achieving a number of the Millennium Development Goals. The country’s growth strategy with its emphasis on agricultural transformation and a strong expansion of public investment has delivered impressive results.

Still, in the foreseeable future Ethiopia will remain by any standard a poor and predominantly rural society. For the coming 10-15 years, the embassy will continue its development cooperation program in Ethiopia, while at the same time intensifying activities in the economic domain in order to gradually switch from Aid to Trade.

In line with the Dutch Government’s Development Cooperation program, the embassy focusses on three fields in which the Netherlands itself excels: Food Security, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Security and Rule of Law.

If you are interested, you can read more information on the following topics:

1. Aid and trade 
2. Food security
3. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
4. Security and Rule of Law