In 1990, Ethiopia emerged from civil war as one of the least developed and most impoverished countries in the world. Since then the country has made tremendous progress in fighting poverty, with the expansion of clean water sources serving as a major driver. In just over 20 years, total access to improved water has increased from less than 15% to nearly 40%. But as the second most populous country in Africa, there are still tens of millions of people who rely on dirty sources of water.
Access to clean water in Ethiopia reduces water collection time and disease burden, creating transformational change in education, gender equality, and household income. Supporting access to clean water in Ethiopia builds a critical foundation for future development and prosperity.