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As both a global research institute and a leading international development organization, RTI combines our project implementation and technical expertise with those of our partners to co-create smart, shared solutions for a more prosperous, equitable, and resilient world. 

For over 30 years, we have collaborated with clients and partners in Ethiopia to advance sustainable, multi-sectoral solutions for the most difficult development challenges. In all that we do, we strive for transformative change built on equity and inclusion.

Our experience and recent project implementation include:

Education in Ethiopia

  • Supported the Ethiopian Ministry of Education to develop a nationwide reading and writing program, with the goal of improving the reading and writing skills of children in grades one through eight in both their mother tongue and English, reaching 15 million children in all schools and all regions of Ethiopia.

Energy in Ethiopia

  • The Power Africa Empowering East and Central Africa project is helping countries develop their ​​renewable energy sources and scale on- and off-grid energy solutions to fuel inclusive, low-carbon economic growth.  It is expected to provide 50 million people access to new or improved electricity generated from cleaner fuel sources. 
  • The Power Africa Off-Grid Program is increasing energy access for over 4.5 million households in 26 African countries, facilitating the sale of over 69,000 productive use of energy systems and electrification of 230 health facilities, and working with over 600 off-grid energy companies to improve operations through market-based strategies.
  • The East Africa Energy Program is connecting over 4 million new customers to the electric grid in 10 East African countries, including Ethiopia; supporting the commissioning of 500 megawatts (MW) of added power capacity; and mobilizing over $875 million in investments in the East African power sector.

Food Security and Agriculture in Ethiopia

  • Under the Feed the Future Ethiopia Transforming Agriculture activity, we partner with local Ethiopian small- and medium-sized businesses to increase access to healthy diets, particularly for women and children, by improving the competitiveness, inclusiveness, and resilience of the country’s food and agriculture system.
  • The Poverty Reduced Sustainably in an Environment of Resilient and Vibrant Economy (PReSERVE), led by Food for the Hungry and supported by RTI, is working in the Amhara Region in northern Ethiopia to build resilience, improve access to nutritious foods, increase incomes, and provide income-generating opportunities for women and youth. Our focus is on adaptive management and strengthening agricultural markets.

Health in Ethiopia

  • Since 2011, we have been at the forefront of helping USAID and country partners prevent and control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), through the ENVISION and Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East programs. Under these programs we empower governments of endemic countries to lead national NTD control programs and scale up the delivery of preventive chemotherapy for the seven most common NTDs.
  • Led the in-country management of activities in Ethiopia, under the Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention for Blinding Trachoma and Lymphatic Filariasis (MMDP) project. The project strengthened national ownership and capacity to scale up the provision of quality services for the management of morbidity, disability and disfigurement related to trachoma and lymphatic.
  • The Global Adult Tobacco Survey is standardizing surveillance and monitoring processes to measure worldwide tobacco use.

Select Recent Project Experience

Project Funder Duration
Power Africa Empower East and Central Africa (EECA) USAID 2023–2028
Feed the Future Ethiopia Transforming Agriculture USAID 2022–2027
Poverty Reduced Sustainably in an Environment of Resilient and Vibrant Economy (PReSERVE) Food for the Hungry/USAID 2021–2026
Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East USAID 2018–2026
Power Africa Off-Grid Program USAID 2018–2023
East Africa Energy Program USAID 2018–2023
Global Adult Tobacco Survey U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation 2008–2023
Optimizing place of treatment and antibiotic regimens for young infants CDC Foundation 2020–2022
Noncommunicable Diseases Implementation Support and Sustainable Financing World Health Organization 2021
Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention for Blinding Trachoma and Lymphatic Filariasis Helen Keller Foundation 2014–2019
Ethiopia Needs Assessment to Identify Barriers to Optimal Information Flow and Data Use Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2016–2019
Assessment of Causes of Preterm Death Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2016–2018
Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed (READ) Technical Assistance Project USAID 2012–2018