Terminal Evaluation - Promoting Autonomous Adaptation at the Community Level in Ethiopia

The project is GEF-UNDP compliant. GEF funded this full-sized project, in Ethiopia, through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The overall goal of the project was to catalyse innovative adaptation actions in the context of Ethiopia’s NAPA and development policies and strategies. The project is consistent with the priorities identified by Ethiopia NAPA. The project piloted the identified priorities that concerned community’s adaptation capacity and development need into an integrated approach. The project was designed to support vulnerable communities in 8 rural Kebeles, in 4 Woredas and 2 urban Woredas. The project through its strategy strengthened the institutional capacities for coordinated planning and investment in adaptation measures. The project piloted the adaptation initiatives that are specific to the agro–ecology zones and are technology sensitive to sustain the natural resources and continue to support livelihoods. The project has delivered key Adaptation Practices through i) Autonomous Adaptation of existing traditional knowledge and technology transferred to manage the environment and welfare conditions, and ii) Planned Adaptation capacity mobilised through the institutions to implement policy based decisions and invest in adaptation actions, technology and infrastructure assets. The community has coped with vulnerability and diversity in socio-economic and institutional set up, in cultural practices and environmental conditions that spans from one Region to another Region in Ethiopia.

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