International relations, Lyon - Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

logo de la ville Addis Abeba, Ethiopie
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City name:

Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia

Partnership treated:
  • Culture,
  • Economic development,
  • Green spaces,
  • Sustainable development,
  • Urban mobility,
  • Urban planning,
  • Waste collection and processing.
First year of the partnership:


International networks in common with Lyon:


1999 marked the start of cooperation by the Lyon Urbanism Agency on the revision of the master plan for the city of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). This cooperation financed initially by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and then by the AFD (French Agency of Development), centres on urban development, public transport, housing and waste management. Since 2010, Grand Lyon and the city of Addis Ababa have been directly linked by cooperation agreements with the aim of continuing the work started.

Lyon - Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) cooperation, key dates

Since 1999, exchanges between Lyon and Addis Ababa on urban and regional planning have constituted the flagship action of their cooperation. From the first revision of the master plan for the Ethiopian city in 2002 through to its implementation, the Lyon Urbanism Agency has been called upon for assistance via numerous technical missions. From 2010, the direct cooperation with the Greater Lyon Authority has allowed a rethink of the urban planning of Addis Ababa and the launch of the new revision of the master plan in 2013.

Since 2003, the exchanges between Lyon and Addis Ababa in the area of urban mobility have enabled the Ethiopian capital to reorganise its public transport to meet the needs of a population of over 4 million residents. The tramway and bus line projects under way are the result, in part, of the dynamic of this cooperation.

Since 2010, the Greater Lyon Authority has supported the technical departments of the municipality of Addis Ababa in order to improve waste management, based on the construction of a new waste burial centre and the gradual closure of the old site.


Pascal L'Huillier

Métropole de Lyon - Economic development, employment and knowledge delegation

chef de projets coopération décentralisée