Ethiopia is currently Africa’s fourth-largest economy. The country’s spectacular growth over the past six years has been driven largely by the services sector, which has seen substantial investment by government and the private sector.
One major sector in line with achieving the MDGs of Ethiopia is the education sector. In the education programma ICT equipment were purchased and installed for primary schools. Schoolteachers now use computers to prepare their lesson and teaching materials, which has positive results for the students’ school perfomance.
The Development Expertise Center (DEC) is the leading organisation in Ethiopia and works together with 15 local partners.
Economic development programme
The economic development programme focuses on ICT capacity of NGO staff and leaders of Farmer Marketing Organisations. In order to assist farmers and associations to make effective commercial decisions by knowing the needs and wants of markets and supplies, it is important to provide relevant and reliable information on regular and sustainable basis. Also in de economic development program information assessment and validation workshops for farmers and associations have been organized in order to learn about farm management and market information.
Most farmers own a mobile phone which they only have been using to make phone calls. During the mobile literacy training they learn how to efficiently use text messaging as a market research tool to acquire accurate and current price information. Further they were introduced to the market information service provided by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) and became familiar with the codes used to obtain price information. With the efficient use of mobile phones, farmers have improved their decision making process in their agricultural production and marketing activities.
FCE is a local partner working on economic development programmes in Ethiopia.