The Development Assistance Group (DAG) comprises 27 bilateral and multilateral development agencies providing assistance to Ethiopia. The DAG was established in 2001 initially as a forum for donors to share and exchange information.

The main objective of the DAG is to ensure a more effective delivery and utilization of development assistance to Ethiopia. DAG actively works to foster and catalyze policy dialogue and co-ordinate support in the preparation, monitoring and evaluation of the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (currently the Growth and Transformation Plan - 2010/11-2014/15) and the universal Millennium Development Goals.The DAG works within the frameworks of global declarations and action plans such as the Rome (2003) and Paris (2005) Declarations; the Accra Agenda for Action (2008); the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (2011); and the Mexico High-Level Meeting (2014).

The four-year DAG project to improve the impact of development assistance to Ethiopia and support the government in the country’s efforts to reduce poverty, was finalized and signed off in July 2012. The DAG Pooled Fund is estimated to cost some three million USD and has now entered its fourth phase.

Current DAG Co-Chairs

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Ms. Melanie Robinson

Mr. Eugene Owusu

Head of DFID

UN Resident Co-ordinator


Update and Highlights

2017-population-and-housing-census Ethiopia has started preparations to undertake its fourth population and housing census, which will start in 2017. Dr. Abraham Tekeste, State Minister of Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), underscored the importance of the upcoming census and the government’s commitment to make the whole process as transparent, credible and of the highest standard possible. The state minister was ...
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16th-high-level-forum-decides-on-recommendations-to-improve-trade-logistics-and-export-performance The Government and the Development Assistance Group (DAG) discussed trade logistics and export performance at the 16th High-Level Forum chaired by State Minister H.E. Ahmed Shide on Tuesday 17 June. Presentations were made by State Minister of Trade H.E. Yaekob Yalla; Ato Mekonnen Abera, Director General of the Maritime Affairs Authority; and Mr. Guang Chen, DAG co-chair and Country Director of the...

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