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IDP works to improve the lives of some of Ethiopia's most isolated communities. In particular, we strive to improve people's access to - and control over - health, education, food security, water & sanitation and economic development.

Registered in both the UK and in Ethiopia, we work with local civil society organisations and government authorities to improve access to services normally outside the reach of rural villagers.

Our work involves:

  • HEALTH - providing better access to health care by rehabilitating and re-equipping health facilities and encouraging collaborative links between medical professionals in Ethiopia and their counterparts in the UK;

  • EDUCATION - supplying rural schools with essential learning materials and classroom furniture from the UK;

  • AGRICULTURE - supporting local farmers to increase production by providing seeds, basic agricultural tools and equipment, appropriate technology and irrigation systems.

  • WATER, SANITATION and HYGIENE - reducing the incidence of water-borne disease by improving access to clean water, effective disposal of waste and practical education in personal hygiene.

  • ENVIRONMENT - tackling land degradation and soil conservation through pastural and forestry development and encouraging the use of renewable resources.

  • HERITAGE - preserving, protecting and promoting Ethiopia's traditions, culture and history by raising awareness and facilitating links between museums and galleries in the UK and their counterparts in Ethiopia.