In 2009, as part of the Government of Canada's new aid effectiveness agenda, Ethiopia was selected as one of the 20 countries of focus - based on the real needs, the capacity to benefit from aid, and the alignment with Canadian foreign policy priorities. Canada is the third largest bilateral donor in Ethiopia.
In 2010-11, the Government of Canada provided around US$ 176 million development assistance aid to Ethiopia through international, multilateral and Canadian organizations. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s (DFATD) programmes in Ethiopia support the vision set out in Ethiopia's Growth and Transformation Plan.
UNICEF Ethiopia continues to enjoy a strong and collaborative partnership with DFATD. In 2013, the Government of Canada pledged CAD 20 million to UNICEF Ethiopia, in support of the Diarrhoea and Pneumonia Treatment Initiative.