Where we work

Where we work 


A report released in 2019 by the Ethiopian Government Statistics Agency and UNICEF has indicated that an estimated 36 million of a total population of 41 million children are deprived of essential goods and services. Due to malnutrition and other adverse life experiences, nearly 60% of children under the age of five in Ethiopia lag from their full developmental potential. Deprivation in education was 50% for children aged between 5 and 17 in 2016. 

The ongoing conflict in the country characterises the current socio-political context in Ethiopia, and the related humanitarian crisis leaves children and youth particularly vulnerable.

Due to the fragile conflict context, vulnerable children and youth need Early Childhood Development (ECD) services and programme support. Moreover, COVID-19, a high rate of unemployment, drought, and inflation have affected the local economy and the population's everyday life for the past few years.

The ECD programme initiative is still nascent in its progress in Ethiopia. ECD is cross-sectoral. The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs are key governmental stakeholders working with ECD at a national level. In addition, several civil society organisations - national and international - implement ECD programmes in Ethiopia. Intersectoral coordination is crucial for successful implementation.Thus, we firmly believe that working closely with governmental and non-governmental organisations in Ethiopia can improve  the lives of children and youth.

Our partnerships 

Partnerships are essential for Early Care International. Our partnerships are built on shared values and principles in line with The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Nurturing Care Framework and Human rights principles and the rights of women, families and communities. We collaborate with civil society organisations, private companies and governmental institutions to achieve our objective; to implement innovative programmes that promote the lives of children early in life.

Danish-based partners 

Among Early Care International's Danish partners is the Civil Connections Community Foundation.

Together with CCCF, we have received funding from CISU - Civil Society in Development for the project Mapping Early Childhood Development Programmes in Ethiopia and the TELL-TO-ACT project which is funded by Globalt Fokus.

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Ethiopian-based partners 

Early Care International works closely with our local partner organisation in Ethiopia, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). ESD is a non-profit, non-religious and non-political civil society organisation aiming to improve the lives of children, youth and women in Ethiopia. 

Ethiopian Public Health Institute/ Ethiopian Psychologist Association

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Norwegian-based partners 

Early Care International is partnering with the Norwegian-based non-profit organisation Children and War Foundation dedicated to improving children’s lives after wars and disasters. 

Together with Children and War Foundation we are implementing the pilot project, "Training of non-specialised front line workers in war-affected areas" in Ethiopia.

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