The Ethiopian economy has shown a tremendous increase in the past ten years. However, there still remains widespread poverty and vulnerability among some parts of the society. This fact is indicated in the MoLSA (2016) strategic document that the number of people living with absolute poverty decreased only slightly over the last decade. In view of mitigating poverty, the Ethiopian government has developed a social protection policy in 2014 and a social protection strategy in 2016.

To improve the efficiency of the social protection interventions in reaching out the intended beneficiaries, the government of Ethiopia with the help of development partners developed integrated social protection system. In cognizant with this, UNICEF has been supporting the government in establishing and strengthening integrated social protection systems.

Frontieri is handing the project in two-fold. The first component is to review the implementation of annual social protection sector plan in four regions (Tigray, Oromiya, SNNPR and Amhara), and the second component is to develop costed social protection action plan in the remaining five regional states of Ethiopia (Somali, Afar, Gambella, Harari, and Benishangul Gumuz) and two city administrations (Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa).

In the past, the implementations of social protection interventions have been fragmented. These approaches have not always been effective in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable parts of the society. Frontieri is working to deal with the issue together with UNICEF and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA).

Frontieri has been handling this project in two phases. Phase one is on the verge of finalization and phase two will be starting soon.