International Development Partnerships
Registered Charity Number: 1061514
International Development Partnerships (IDP) is an incorporated charity, registered both in the UK and in Ethiopia. We are transforming the lives of disadvantaged people in Ethiopia by improving access to basic services normally outside the reach of the local community - such as affordable health care, a clean and reliable water supply, hygienic sanitation facilities, adequate nutrition and a good level of education - to bring about sustainable poverty reduction. We are committed to community empowerment and self-determination, and aim to strengthen local capacity through community involvement. We believe that support to local organisations, and the empowerment of local people, is crucial in bringing about effective and lasting change.
We work with some of Ethiopia’s most deprived communities living in four districts of the remote Simian Highlands in North Gonder (Debark, Janamora, Adi Arkay and Beyeda). Our project area covers some of the poorest and most remote parts of the country, a region often lacking even the most basic infrastructure, with poor government services, sub-standard schools, weak health services and little economic opportunity.
The region is particularly drought-prone and suffers repeated food insecurity, as livelihoods depend almost entirely on subsistence agriculture. The area is characterised by significant structural deficits, including high land degradation, widespread deforestation and extensive erosion, with any cultivable soil depleted. Excess rains harm crops in these highlands because they are often accompanied by hail storms and other natural disasters, such as waterlogging and landslides. Access is often difficult and most places can only be reached on foot or on horseback. The absence of any roads in most of the area hampers any kind of development. People living in these areas have to deal with the fact that, due to the remoteness, they have only a limited range of coping mechanisms at their disposal with which to handle climatic unpredictability and crisis.
IDP works with local and national policy-makers in Ethiopia where we have project agreements with the Education Authority in Debark and the Federal Ministry of Health in Addis Abeba. Our ongoing English Language Improvement Programme is increasing the quality of English language tuition and reducing drop-out rates among more than 7,000 students from seven primary schools in Debark aimed at encouraging more students into secondary education where English is the medium of instruction. We have provided classroom furniture, computers, teaching materials, wheelchairs and library books, creating a computerised Language Lab and a Homework Hub for after-school study, as well as stocking seven libraries with over £40,000-worth of new, age-appropriate English language books. Through our Health Project we have also provided patient beds and maternity ward equipment to Debark hospital which caters for over 1 million people.
Our long-term involvement in the Semien Highlands has led to strong connections with the local community, including support from the Member of Parliament for Debark and Adi Arkay, and requests for our further involvement in the region. Our experience has shown that the desire among local community members for information, support and advice to improve their situation is very strong, indeed. Currently, there are no other NGOs working in the area.
International Development Partnerships
5 Cleveland Mansions
Phone: 020 7286 9756
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