Alliance2015 in Ethiopia includes seven representatives of the eight members: ACTED, Ayuda en Acción, Cesvi, Concern Worldwide, Helvetas, People in Need and Welthungerhilfe. While showing the devastating effect of the pandemic, the research also highlights that communities are resilient with coping mechanisms and strong community spirit. There are important learnings from this research that can support the design of programmes both for immediate response and for longer term initiatives by INGOs and government to ensure the negative impact of COVID-19 is minimised while the positive elements are built upon.

Mestawat Sorsa joined the Concern REGRADE program in late 2017 and has since then started a grain milling business, acquired a donkey, a cow, and a sheep, and carried out major improvements to the family home, including new windows, doors, and furniture. She plans to buy an ox. 2020. Photo: Kieran McConville/ Concern Worldwide.

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