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Access to education and health among minorities and indigenous peoples in Ethiopia

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Despite enjoying considerable economic growth in recent years, Ethiopia is still struggling with the impacts of civil war and protracted humanitarian emergencies, including the ongoing armed conflict between government and Tigrayan forces that began in November 2020. Against a backdrop of insecurity, political instability and periodic famine, the country’s education and health systems remain underdeveloped, with limited funding and many inequalities.

The challenges are especially acute for the nation’s minorities and indigenous peoples. Despite significant progress in both areas at the national level, many of these benefits remain out of reach for a large proportion of minority and indigenous community members. This briefing, Access to Education and Health Services among Minority and Indigenous Communities in Ethiopia, presents a selection of relevant indicators to highlight these continued inequalities and the need to ensure these are meaningfully addressed.

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