PCDP-3 to benefit 2.6 mln people in pastoral areas

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Addis Ababa, 25 April 2014 (WIC) – The Ministry of Federal Affairs (MoFA) said the 3rd phase Pastoralist Community Development Project (PCDP-3) will be commenced next month.
PCDP-3 is the final phase of a 15 year program and it will be implemented in Afar, Somali, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional States with over 210 million US dollars.
It will be funded by International Development Association (IDA), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), regional governments, and beneficiary communities’ contribution.
PCDP reached a population of 600,000 in its first phase and a further 1.8 million in its second phase.
“PCDP-3 will reach an additional 2.6 million people in about 113 pastoral and agro-pastoral woredas of the four regional states ,”  Seid Omer, Acting Project Coordinator told WIC
The project is intended to empower pastoral communities to better manage local development in their respective areas, with the objectives of increasing incomes, improving infrastructure and access to public service, he said.
According to Seid, PCDP-3 is also designed to contribute towards meeting the objectives the national Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) of Ethiopia.
“The project will directly contribute towards meeting the GTP’s objectives of expanding access to and ensuring quality of education and health services, thereby achieving MDGs,” he said.