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Since 2012, Canada in Ethiopia has contributed more than US$48 million to UNICEF-assisted programmes; including US$4.8 million in support of UNICEF’s humanitarian interventions.

In 2016, UNICEF Ethiopia is implementing two development projects supported by the Government of Canada: one focusing on birth registration for maternal, newborn and child health, the other focusing on ending child marriage. In the past, Canada has supported projects aiming to address nutrition, WASH and health-related issues in Ethiopia.

In 2015 and 2016, humanitarian contributions from Canada were essential for the response to the needs identified in the Ethiopia Drought Response Appeal and the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), as well as UNICEF’s response to the refugee crises in Gambella. Canada was the 7th biggest contributor to the 2015 Humanitarian Requirement Document, with a contribution of US$22 million.

To advance Canada's aid effectiveness agenda and to sharpen the focus of Canada's international assistance, the government has established five priorities for the international assistance envelope, of which one is of particular interest to UNICEF: Securing the future of children and youth.  Introduced at 2010 G8 Summit, Canada leads a global commitment, the Muskoka Initiative, to improve maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries and reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Canada renewed its efforts in 2014 at an international summit on maternal, newborn and child health issues. The Muskoka Initiative covers ten countries world-wide, of which Ethiopia is one.

Canada’s priority to secure the future of children and youth means a focus on increasing:
• Child survival, including maternal health
• Access to quality education
• Safe and secure futures for children and youth
In addition to these priority themes, Canada has integrated advancing gender equality as a cross-cutting theme into all of the country's international development programmes and policies.

In 2015, Canada ranked 7th among the top 20 government resource partners to UNICEF globally, with contributions of more than US$154.5 million.

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