2014 Study Trip to Ethiopia

Camille Vicier, 30 April 2014

In 2014, the Sustainable Development Master organized a study trip in Ethiopia.

"Ethiopia is fascinating and no other country can be compared with it.

With this study trip we wanted to better understand the levers that made Ethiopia what it is today, and how it will evolve.
We spent the first days in Addis Ababa. We visited museums, embassies, Social enterprises and the headquarters of the African union. We were stunned by this booming and vibrant city. We discovered how the country benefits from one of its most famous resources: coffee. With Oromio Farmer’s Union, we saw the cooperative work to export coffee and improve the farmers’ lives.

The Mixer night was organized in the ‘Alliance française’ campus in order for us to meet the different actors of the social and environmental development.

Then we went to the countryside of Adama, where we met an NGO, ‘Women at risk’, which deals with female prostitution. The motto of the team is to let women think about their lives and empower them to decide what they want for themselves.
We headed to the Bale Mountains, a highland plateau transformed into a National Park to protect endemic wildlife of Ethiopia. In Sasheme and later in Ziway, we discovered the work of the farming association: trying to provide better farming practices, irrigation crop rotation and valorization of the different agricultural products.

Ethiopia is stunning, and we were all amazed by the will to improve, and the thirst for development."

Camille Vicier (2014 MISD alumnus)

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