Finland to fund Ethiopia land project phase 2

A Finnish land administration project in Ethiopia, which began in 2010, is set to enter its second four-year phase. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki announces a tender for the technical assistance contract.

The second phase of the Responsible and Innovative Land Administration (REILA II) is based on the premise that accelerated registration of rural land and improvement of land tenure security will encourage farmers to invest in the improvement of their land, which will in turn lead to improved agricultural productivity and higher yields.

REILA II is a four-year project with a total budget of EUR 8.8 million. Finland’s contribution to the budget is EUR 7.1 million while Ethiopia will contribute EUR 1.7 million in cash and in kind. Geographically, the project will focus on Benishangul-Gumuz which is one of the less developed and poorer regional states.

According to the Foreign Ministry, REILA stems largely from Ethiopia’s efforts to ensure food security, to address land degradation and loss of soil and water resources and to promote sustainable use of natural resources. The ministry notes that although democratic society is not a direct objective, the project will support the development of a more democratic society in rural areas where participation in governance has been “a rare exeption.”

It is noted that while the project will be implemented by Ethiopian parties, the techncial assistance team will not work on behalf of Ethiopian officials.

The deadline for the submission of tenders for this contract is July 7, 2017.