In the coming five years, gender and development, disaster risk reduction, care for environment and climatic change adaptation are the key areas to be considered as crosscutting issues.

4.2.1. Gender and Development

The mainstreaming of gender in development interventions at large has improved the position of women and empowered them. The women have also benefited economically from the Commission’s interventions. In addition, there is improvement in attitude towards women in the operational areas of DASSC. However, women are still bearing most of the reproductive and productive workload, and they continue to be at lower socio-economic status within societies. Subsequently, gender mainstreaming across the Commission’s structure and programs will be further enhanced.

Program Goal: Enhance women’s involvement in leadership and decision making at all levels

Strategic Objectives:

SO 1: Enhance gender mainstreaming in all DASSC programs and projects

SO 2: Increase involvement of women in decision making and leadership

4.4.2. Disaster Risk Reduction, Care for Environment and Climatic Change Adaptation

Climate change generates various kinds of risks for Ethiopia that would affect all sectors in the country. To address effects of climate change, the government of Ethiopia designed a climate resilience strategy focusing on two aspects – integrated disaster risk reduction and management and sectoral and regional climate adaptation strategy and action plans. To contribute towards this end, EECMY-DASSC is planning to incorporate DRR, care for environment and Climate change adaptation as cross cutting issue in its program interventions.

Program Goal: Enhance community capacity to care for environment and becomes resilient to climatic shocks

Strategic Objectives

SO 1: Enhance integration of NRM, care for environment, and climate change adaptation practices to build community resilience in all programs

SO 2: Enhance mainstreaming of community managed Disaster Risk Reduction strategies within all programs