Contribution to government and development partners platforms

The Development Assistance Group (DAG) and Rural Economic Development & Food Security (RED-FS) platforms are two development policy fora between Development Partners (DPs) and the Government of Ethiopia (GoE). They play a critical role in the implementation, coordination and monitoring GoE’s 2nd Growth & Transformation Plan[1] (GTPII). This contribution will allow Switzerland to actively participate in discussions and to link its programmes to existing policy processes for upscaling and policy influencing.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Agricultural policy
Agricultural development
Agricultural land resources
15.04.2017 - 31.07.2021
CHF 360'000

GoE devised and started implementing GTPII, which spans over 5 years from 2015/16 to 2019/21. DPs support it through coordination and harmonization mechanisms, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mainstreamed in the GTPII.

Ethiopia’s aid delivery architecture, which evolved rapidly in recent years, has seen the establishment of the DAG in 2011 as a dialogue forum to discuss GoE/DPs development policies and processes. The current DAG structure comprises:

  1. Four Joint Sector Working Groups[2], co-chaired by GoE State Ministers; 
  2. the Joint aid Effective Donor Coordination Task Force (EDCTF), comprised of 5 DAG representatives and 7 GoE officialy; 
  3. High-Level Fora (HLFs), chaired by the Minister of Finance & Economic Development along with 2 DAG co-chairs. The latter (HLFs) are at the core of GoE/DPs dialogue and partnership, offering a venue to discuss key policy issues, including GTPII implementation and the SDG monitoring. GoE and DPs contribute to the functioning of the DAG.

The RED-FS SWG was jointly established under the DAG umbrella in 2008 by GoE and DPs in order to strengthen and harmonize respective activities in Agriculture, Sustainable Land Management (SLM), Disaster Risk Management (DRM), and Food Security (FS). Its functioning is supported through contributions of both GoE and DPs.

To ensure functional continuity, the SDC, in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation (GDC), will support the RED-FS Secretariat and the DAG from 15.04.2017 to 14.04.2021.


To reduce poverty by supporting GoE’s growth and poverty reduction  strategy through structured GoE/DPs dialogue, capacity development, policy research and strategic studies.

Target groups
  • National government and donor community and their respective coordination mechanism
  • GoE and DPs staff implementing programs and projects in line with Paris (2005), Accra (2008) and Busan (2011) declaration on aid effectiveness.
Medium-term outcomes
  1. Strengthened partnership structures and dialogue between GoE and DPs related to the implementation of the GTPII and the SDGs;
  2. Informed consultations and decision-making through strategic studies and research activities;
  3. Strengthened aid effectiveness and harmonization agenda and management of resources allocated to development activities;
  4. Strengthened monitoring and evaluation system of the GTPII and the SDGs by harmonizing the financial support to agreed areas contained in the GTPII.

Expected results:  

  • Effective functioning of respective secretariats;
  • Regular and extraordinary platform meetings;
  • Reports and information materials;
  • Strategic studies and research.

Results from previous phases:  

Partnership dialog and harmonization amongst donor community and government has been effectively promoted through DAG pooled programme funding. The National Sustainable Land Management program and the Productive safety Net Program (PSNP) are realized with the support of the platforms

Harmonization of policy dialog amongst DPs partners in terms of preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the national development plans




Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • Sub-National State SouthEast

Coordination with other projects and actors

Coordination with DP supported interventions in Natural Resource Management (NRM) and food security with emphasis to pastoral areas.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   360'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   294'875
Project phases Phase 1 15.04.2017 - 31.07.2021   (Current phase)

[1] 5-year development plan (2015/16–2019/20) of GoE, with macroeconomic targets following GTPI (2010/11 – 2014/15).

[2] (1) GTP, (2) Governance, (3) Gender, and (4) Private Sector Development & Trade