U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from a U4 Partner Agency. The U4 Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International in collaboration with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.


Please can you provide an overview of corruption and anti-corruption in Ethiopia’s energy sector, with a focus on international aid?


Inform dialogue with the Ethiopian government regarding developing policy for the energy sector. 


  1. Overview of corruption risks in Ethiopia’s energy sector
  2. Anti-corruption frameworks for Ethiopia’s energy sector
  3. References


Ethiopia’s energy sector is a growing concern and a priority for the Ethiopian government as the government attempts to increase electricity capacity for the country. Recent investments have focussed on the creation of wind power farms and large hydropower dams in an attempt to harness the country’s enormous potential of renewable energy resources.

There are a number of corruption risks that threaten the development of Ethiopia’s energy sector. Threats specific to the energy sector include petty corruption and corrupt procurement processes, while risks arising from Ethiopia’s specific context include weak oversight and governance systems.

Of particular importance in this regard are the differing stances and approaches of the various international aid donors in the country as international aid is crucial for funding the government’s ambitious plans.


Ben Wheatland, Transparency International, [email protected]


Marie Chêne, Transparency International, [email protected] Heinrich, Ph.D., Transparency International, [email protected]




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