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"Cradle of Humankind": A nation older than 2.000 years

Ethiopia is a country of extremes: this nation, which is more than 2,000 years old, is considered the cradle of humanity and is home to important World Heritage Sites. Ethiopia was largely cut off from the rest of the world up until the 1990s. Since the Marxist regime came to an end in 1991, the country has experienced impressive economic development. But despite its shimmering high-rise office buildings, Ethiopia is still essentially a poor agricultural country. According to the UN Human Development Index 2015, Ethiopia ranked 174 out of 188 countries. KfW Development Bank provides support for vocational training for young people in Ethiopia and promotes the protection and sustainable use of the country's natural resources as well as the protection of its biodiversity.

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KfW Office Addis Ababa

Director KfW Office: Diana Hedrich

Kirkos Kifle Ketema

Woreda 8

P.O. Box 100009 Addis Ababa



+251 11 51 80 24 1


+251 11 51 80 24 1