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Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Programme Area (SNNP)

Area: 110,931.9 sq. km
Total Population:
16.3 million (Central Statistical Agency, 2007, projected)
Current areas of operation: 84 communities
Caseload: 7,800
Sponsored children: 6,909

Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region comprises about 56 ethnic groups, each with its own distinct language and culture. The region is divided into 13 zones, 126 districts, 8 special districts and 3,401 rural kebeles or villages. The divisions are based on ethnic/linguistic identity.

Agriculture is the predominant economic activity in SNNP. Ninety percent of the populationdepends on agriculture for its livelihood, and agriculture accounts for the majority of the region’s gross domestic product. Agro-climatic conditions allow for production of a range of commercial and food crops, including grains, vegetables and coffee.

Programme highlights

Early survival and development of children

Among other early survival initiatives SNNP programme area isimplementing the Women and Their Children’s Health (WATCH) project, which is aimed at improving maternal, newborn and child health in Ethiopia, and particularly in Southern Nations and Nationalities and Peoples Region.

The WATCH project is operating in 84 communities across three districts and benefiting 123,700 women of childbearing age and their communities.

Water supply and sanitation

In SNNP we have scaled up community-led total sanitation and school-led total sanitation in 24 districts. Sixty-eight communities in 8 districts have achieved open-defecation-free (ODF) environments, benefiting some half million people. SNNP’s Shebedino district,now entirely ODF, is an exemplar for the country.

A better childhood development and education for all (ABCDE for all)

To promote quality primary education in SNNP, Plan is providing in-service training for primary school teachers, rehabilitation and furnishing of primary schools, textbook revision and capacity building for parents, teachers and education administrators.

Under ECCD, Plan’s activities include parental skills training, construction of low cost community based ECCD centres, training of ECCD facilitators, initiation of early stimulation and play groups and research on local child rearing practices.

The ABCDE for All programme directly benefits of 68,430 people, most of them between the ages of 7 and 14. Of these roughly half—34,600—are female.

Child participation and protection

This project is supporting the Regional Bureau of Women, Children and Youth to organize various workshops and child-centred events, and to provide training to strengthen child protection mechanisms in the SNNP region.

Children are actively advocating on their own behalf through a number of channels. These include school-based clubs, children’s parliaments, community based organizations, community level child rights committees, and community conversations.

Economic empowerment for poor girls and psychosocial and medical services for affected children are also part of child participation and protection-related activities.

Social and economic empowerment of women and home based healthcare givers

Women are chiefly responsible for providing their children with health care; however, in many cases they are unable to adequately fulfil this role. Reasons include low social and economic status and traditional values and attitudes related to gender.

This programme aims to increase the availability of adequate, year-round food supplies by developing agricultural activities, creating access to microfinance and offering trainings on income generating activities and value chain development.

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