Strengthening Resilience in Arid and Semi-arid Lowlands in Africa

Managed by pastoral comunities, the Ethiopian lowlands are often seen as backward areas: drought and flood affected, dependent on food and water aid. However, these areas have great underutilized potential. They could be self-sufficient and even important contributors to the Ethiopian economy.

Therefore, enhancing drought resilience and boosting overall development in the lowlands of Ethiopia is a key area of action in which the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and KfW Development Bank are supporting the Ethiopian Government.

This website showcases tested and successful approaches developed for the lowlands, in natural resource management, fodder and food production, and access to water. Much of this emanates from GIZ/KfW supported programmes in the region. However, also highlighted are promising approaches and solutions originating in other programmes.

The DREAM II conference, the second in a sequence of three events, is dedicated to boost efforts by streamlining efforts towards those goals.

Upcoming Events

The physical/hybrid DREAM II event that was planned for 13 - 17 December 2021 in Adama has been cancelled, related to the current state of emergency in Ethiopia.

The organising team has developed an alternative digital event to take place on December 15th 9.30AM - 12.30PM (Ethiopian Time). The hybrid DREAM event will carry the theme 'TVETs: creating employment opportunities with lowland programs'.

The DREAM event will be hybrid – with both on-line presence and a physical meeting in Jigjiga. For more information on the event check the DREAM pre-events Page

More information on the main DREAM II conference can be found on the Conference Page.

Recent Events

In preparation to the main DREAM II conference, several smaller events are organised, including a series of Learning Events. The first Learning Event took place on March 9th, 2021 with the theme 'The Rangeland Fodder Nexus'. For proceedings visit this page.
The second Learning Event took place on April 28th (9.00 - 12.15 Ethiopian Time) with the theme 'Educational institutionalization of the Dry Valley Rehabilitation and Productive Use Approach (DVRPU)'.  For the proceedings visit this page.
Next a Pre-Conference Event took place on  June 16th, (10.00 - 12.00 Ethiopian Time). The event focussed on Strengthening woreda level planning and management for the lowlands.  Proceedings are available on this page.
Then a Learning Event took place on July 29th, (10.00 - 13.00 Ethiopian Time). The event focussed on Financial Management Capacity at Woreda Level. Proceedings and presentations are available on this page.
Lastly a Learning Event took place on August 31st, (10.00 - 13.00 Ethiopian Time). The event focussed on The Need for Regional Planning: the Case of Gully Control near to Jigjiga City. Proceedings and presentations are available on this page.

Visit this page for more information on the Learning Events.
Visit this page for more information on the Pre-Conferences.
For the proceedings of the three pre-conferences that took place in November 2020, visit this page.


Ethio-German Cooperation in the Ethiopian Lowlands

The Challenge

Since 2008, the Ethiopian Government has been working to address the challenges presented by degradation of rural agricultural land as part of its national Sustainable Land Programme (SLMP). With greater emphasis being placed on increasing economic effectiveness and incomes, the focus is now shifting not only to investment in large-scale soil rehabilitation but also to boosting production and building the capacity of public systems.


On behalf of the German Government Cooperation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and KfW Development Bank are supporting the Ethiopian Government in rehabilitating the country’s natural resources, conserving them for the long term, while at the same time making effective use of them for Ethiopia’s economic development. The new direction of the SLMP’s core funding as a result of the SURED project, initiated in 2018, reflects the innovation idea. Proven approaches to financial and technical cooperation are being continued in existing projects. At the same time, financial and technical cooperation are opening up new avenues for further reform issues such as land governance and modernisation of the agricultural sector.


Hand in hand with the lead executing agencies and local partners, the German development cooperation works as part of the SLMP with international development partners such as the World Bank and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. The main aim of the cooperation is to provide direct support in rural areas for Ethiopia’s development policies and priorities.

An example of this involves implementing international guidelines for responsible investment in agriculture and strengthening secure land rights for the local population. Systematic technical and regional dovetailing of bilateral projects and One World – No Hunger projects in this area of action guarantee that the results achieved reinforce each other. The Ethiopian Government’s leadership and proactive partnership are key factors for the success of the programme.

The ‘German contribution to technical services in the field of international development cooperation is the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ), headquartered in Bonn and Eschborn.

GIZ implements technical cooperation projects of German Federal Ministries, with Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as a main commissioning party. It also works with the private sector and other national and supranational government organizations, but usually not with non-governmental organizations, on a public benefit basis.

In its activities GIZ seeks to follow the paradigm of sustainable development, which aims at economic development through social inclusion and environmental protection. GIZ offers consulting and capacity building services in a wide range of areas, including management consulting, rural development, sustainable infrastructure, security and peace-building, social development, governance and democracy, environment and climate change, and economic development and employment.

GIZ was established on January 1, 2011, through the merger of three German international development organizations: the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), and Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung (InWEnt). GIZ is one of the world’s largest development agencies, with a business volume in excess of €2.4 billion in 2016 as well as 19,506 employees spread over more than 120 countries.[1] Additionally, in cooperation with the German Federal Employment Agency, GIZ operates the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), an agency specialized on international cooperation activities related to global labor mobility.

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