The Ethiopia Digital Foundations Project is intended to develop Ethiopia’s digital economy through expansion of the digital market and regulatory environment and improve its infrastructure and expand digital service coverage. The project will enable citizens, businesses and the government to reap digital dividends in the form of faster growth, lower transaction costs, more jobs, and greater efficiency.
The Ethiopia Digital Foundation Project has a wide-ranging stakeholder base that is affected by it or has interest in the project. Stakeholders’ engagement in the project is important to the project’s objectives. The purpose of the Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP), thus, is to establish the timing and methods of engagement throughout the implementation of the Ethiopia Digital Foundation Project as relevant to stakeholders.
The SEP is presented as a tool to develop strong, constructive and responsible relationships with project stakeholders that are important to assess and mitigate the project’s environmental and social risks. AS such, stakeholder engagement is expected to be a continuous aspect of the project. The SEP will also be updated regularly, based on the planning and implementation of sub-project activities to reflect project developments and/or changes. Any future consultation and disclosure activities will reflect the concerns and issues identified.