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A half-day consultation workshop aimed at taking stock of the inputs of stakeholders on UNFPA Ethiopia’s 9th Country Programme Document (2020-2025) was held today. The findings of the evaluation of the current Country Programme and the priorities identified in the upcoming Country Programme were presented to the participants drawn from Government, Civil Society, sister UN Agencies and other partners.

Speaking on the occasion, Ato Admasu Nebebe, State Minister of Finance, said credited UNFPA for notable investments in the areas of family planning, maternal health, gender equality and empowerment of women, and analysis on the population dynamics of the country especially in the last two Country Programmes. “The upcoming Country Programme Document should build on the progresses achieved so far and identify innovative solutions to address challenges.”

On her part, Bettina Maas, UNFPA Country Representative, noted that the workshop was critical to ascertain that the Country Programme Document would be on the right track in addressing the priorities identified in the development plans of the country.

Representatives of different stakeholders provided inputs to be considered in enriching UNFPA’s upcoming Country Programme Document.

Since it began operations in Ethiopia in 1973 UNFPA has supported implementation of 8 Country Programme cycles.