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Ethiopia has been facing a greater frequency and intensity of disasters due to long-term environmental degradation and shifting global weather patterns, which are further exacerbated by climate change. Of the top ten disasters in Ethiopia over the last 100 years—as measured by number of people affected—five occurred in the last decade, and all were drought-related. To mitigate this exposure to climate-related shocks, PCI implemented a four-year U.S. Agency for International Development-funded (USAID) project to support the nine most vulnerable districts of Bale Zone in Oromia.

Entitled Project REVIVE (REstoring VIbrant Villages and Environments), its goal was to increase long-term resilience to climate change and climate-related shocks by providing affected districts with the tools, technology and training needed to:

  • Conduct context-specific analysis,
  • Enable inclusive community planning, and
  • Develop informed solutions to ongoing risks.

Among other notable achievements, the project regenerated over 18,000 hectares of land to protect natural resources and reduced by 60% the amount of time women and girls spend fetching water through the rehabilitation and construction of 84 water systems, which are benefiting over 83,000 new users.