Building resilience to climate change-related and other disasters in Ethiopia: challenges, lessons and the way forward

This study reviews and documents strategic interventions by the government of Ethiopia in terms of adopting policies, strategies and programmes; building the necessary institutional infrastructure; and mainstreaming disaster risk management into various sectors and national development and budgeting process – all of which contributed to building resilience to natural hazards and human-induced disasters and quick recovery in recent years. It also tries to highlight some of the drivers of effective responses towards building resilience. Ethiopia is exposed to a wide range of disasters associated with the country’s extensive dependence on rainfed subsistence agriculture, climate change, resource degradation, diverse geoclimatic and socio-economic conditions and conflicts.