Capacity Statement on Job Creation

People in Need (PIN) is an international, non-governmental and non-profit organization with headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic. Founded in 1992, PIN is currently operating in 24 countries across Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe. PIN has been operating in Ethiopia since 2003. PIN Ethiopia currently implements various development and humanitarian interventions across the sectors of food security, nutrition, resilience, environment and livelihoods, water and sanitation, education and skills development, social protection and humanitarian response with annual budget of more than 8.5 million EUR and 230 staff members. PIN is a member of Alliance2015, a strategic network of eight European non-government organisations engaged in humanitarian and development action.

PIN has been active in supporting youth employment in Ethiopia’s leather, construction, WASH and Agri-business sectors. People in Need has been particularly supporting the development of the leather industry in Ethiopia since 2011 through its projects. The leather sector in Ethiopia is highly labor intensive in the raw material sourcing, transportation, processing and marketing phases. Thus, it possesses an enormous potential to create much needed non-agricultural employment, and looks set to play an important role in poverty reduction. Yet this potential has remained largely unexploited and it needs further perspective in the future. Despite the challenges, however, the leather sector remains the priority area for Ethiopian government to contribute to export diversification and foreign exchange earnings.