What We Do
Our work is diverse in both thematic area and geography at landscape and eco-regional level, so we developed strategic goals to guide us as we work towards achieving ambitious targets in sustainable development way. Our aim is to achieve these goals by 2030, which we are well on the way to doing. Below is a summary of the work we have done towards each goal:
Promote for harmonization of population growth and development:
The harmonization of the population growth and development will be key pillar of our development interventions. The harmonization population and development will be done through promoting and implementing the ICPD targets. In line to this we promote for the zero unmet need, maternal mortality and gender-based violence, through addressing deep-rooted cultural norms and social inequities for women and girls. Our integrated approach allows for these economic, population and environmental issues to be addressed together in harmonized way, in a way it creates greater opportunities for the wellbeing of people and the sustainability of the environment
In addition, advocating for demographic dividend and supporting the integration of population dimensions into all of our interventions. The demographic dividend is an important, yet challenging goal for Ethiopia. In order for the country to reach middle-income status, significant adjustments need to occur to the populations’ age structure and employment. Currently, the ratio of working-age people to dependent children and elderly is far too small to encourage economic growth. While Ethiopia has made some strides in the past 10 years to improve the demographic dividend, there is still to be done in more inclusive and aggressive way. PHE-EC is helping tackle this national challenge by encouraging SRHR, improving community acceptance of female education and youth employment opportunities, and developing sustainable livelihoods of communities in line to nature based solutions across Ethiopia through its programs and advocacy work.
Addressing Climate change and Environmental sustainability issues:
In order to help vulnerable communities in a sustainable manner, we believe it is important to understand and address future environmental threats in addition to present concerns. In Ethiopia, environmental degradation and impacts aggravated by climate change are threats that have the potential to increasingly affect communities across the country. At PHE EC, we are doing our part to advance knowledge on the threat of environmental impacts like degradation of land, deforestation and climate change impacts and the ways to address it. To do so we are active participants in national and international dialogues on the topic, including our leadership in many forums including the National Climate Resilient Green Economy Facility, the World Conservation Congress (IUCN), World Climate Change Conference (COP), International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD), in the SDG HLPF and more, in a way we contribute for SDGs, specially goal 13 and 17. We also encourage and facilitate research on developmental topics, by partnering with relevant universities and research institutions how climate change is affecting and impacting higher levels of food insecurity and the solutions in the context of Ethiopia. Finally, our integrated approach to development at field level at landscape and eco region level helps communities develop their own resilience to future threats, including climate change.
Advancing national and international SRHR outcomes: Contributing to the National and International Development Targets: We strongly work towards contributing to the national (HSTP) and GTP, international health outcomes goal 3 (3.1,3.3, 3.7), 5 ( 5.3, 5.6) of SDGs, FP2020, ICPD through promoting multi-sector integration. Awareness creation and behavioral change to communities and supporting to the improvement of health outcomes are our focuses. So as to improve health outcomes we will work on multi-sectoral approach among members and partners at field and policy level. The multi-sectoral integrated pilot projects will be used as important tests for the effectiveness of PHE approach in improving SRHR services and up scaling to wider areas.
We fully support the Ethiopian government’s ambitious and innovative development targets that seek to advance human and economic development while maintaining a sustainable and green pathway. We recognize the importance of these goals and we are committed to advancing their cause by participating in policy dialogues and adhering to these strategies during the implementation of our development initiatives. Our integrated approach proves that both development and environmental conservation can occur together and even mutually reinforce each other to healthy people and healthy environment. We also multiply our efforts by spreading the success of our integrated approach through our beneficiaries, members, partners and the platforms we organize and participate and the media.
Contribute to gender equality, human right and democracy Outcomes:
PHEEC will work towards promoting democracy, gender equality, and other human right issues through applying both need based and human rights based approaches. It integrates gender to contribute for SDG 5 and, human right and democratic issues into its development interventions.The application of human right issues is given an emphasis while developing programs/ projects.
Promote PHE multi-sectoral approach and become an internationally recognized center of excellence: As the leading PHE network in Ethiopia, it is our duty to promote the integration of multi-sectoral entervantions in Ethiopia and to help foster a diverse network of global practitioners who work at the interdependence and intersection of these issues. To date our consortium has 71 members, which are implementing integrated interventions linking livelihood, health, environment and societal issues throughout the country. The implementation of integrated interventions, through, the multi sectorial platforms, we establish are initiated, at household level and linked to village, Kebele, woreda, zonal, regional and national level. At the same time the learning’s are shared to the global forms and partners.
Effective alignment with PHE EC member and partner organizations in pursuing common goals
The engagement towards achieving of the common goal of national policies, strategies and SDGs is the major focus of the consortium to wards members. Establishment of common platform, promoting enabling environment, working on their capacity, their active participation and ownership for joint thematic interventions and popularization of good practices and success stories and partnering and sharing of information in joint fund raising has been the important approach in improving effectiveness of the members and partners.
Where We Work
We work in high impact areas across Ethiopia, where social, economic, and environmental impacts can do the most good for the largest number of people. This often means that we operate in areas of high poverty, high environmental degradation, and poor social mobility. Our work helps improve conditions in highly vulnerable communities across the country.
While we have pilot projects in diverse areas across the country, we prioritize areas that have both a high biodiversity value and have shown a challenge of harmonization of population, health, and environment/climate change.