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The Embassy’s Team in Ethiopia

Our role is to maintain and strengthen Ireland’s good relations with Ethiopia and the East African Community, and to support and assist Irish citizens and Irish businesses in the region

As well as carrying out political, trade and consular functions, the Embassy manages Ireland’s development programme in Ethiopia (Irish Aid). The Irish Aid programme has been running since 1994 and focuses on supporting Ethiopia’s growth and poverty reduction plans so that the poor benefit from, and contribute to, equitable economic, social and environmental development. To achieve the programme’s goal, our team works with a variety of partners, including government agencies, other donors, UN institutions, research centres and civil society organisations. For further information about the Irish Aid programme in Ethiopia, please read our Ethio–Irish Cooperation Section.

Our work is guided by a whole-of-Embassy-approach exploring synergies between the development programme and two-way trade and investment opportunities, focussing on achieving added value in programmes and activities on the ground; and ensuring a coherent approach across the political, economic and development work of the Embassy.

The whole-of-Embassy approach includes key economic, consular and political outputs in addition to the development outputs. The Embassy aims to work towards the conclusion of a Double Taxation Agreement with Ethiopia and a better business environment for Irish companies seeking to work in Ethiopia. On the consular side, it aims to support the Ethiopian authorities’ capacity to ratify and implement the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption. On the political side, the Embassy aims to contribute to increased knowledge within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Ethiopian, South Sudanese and cross-cutting African Union issues and perspectives, to include regular visits to South Sudan; and to foster a deeper engagement with the trade and economic commissions of the African Union, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development and the UN Economic Commission for Africa.   


Sonja Hyland

Head of Development and Chargé d'affaires:

Patrick McManus

Second Secretary and Economic & Trade Focal Point:

Fiona Broderick

Deputy Head of Development:

Aileen O'Donovan (Livelihoods and Social Protection)

Deputy Head of Development:

Niall Tierney (Governance and Health, Nutrition)

For Further Information

on Irish Aid work in Ethiopia read our Country Strategy Paper 2014-2018