A project entitled “The Study on Quality and Productivity Improvement (Kaizen) in the Federal Republic of Ethiopia in 2005” Three consecutive Kaizen projects, supported by JICA, have been implemented in Ethiopia since October 2009.The first pilot project was undertaken to confirm the transferability of Kaizen and study how use of the concept could be expanded after the JICA project was completed. Using selection criteria 30 companies were selected from manufacturing sector and the impact of Kaizen activity on 65% of the companies constitutes satisfactory achievement, thereby confirming the success of the project. Then Ethiopia Kaizen Institute was established by the proclamation of the Council of Ministers 256/2011 (FDRE 2011).
Ethiopia designed its own local capacity-development program in collaboration with local universities, and EKI initiated MSc and PhD programs in Kaizen and so far 5 doctoral candidates are started coursework, 69 Kaizen consultants from the institute have now graduated with MSc degrees in Kaizen for the past five years. To raise the level of Kaizen dissemination to certain standard level and to ensure the quality of Kaizen consultancy service, the kaizen consultant certification, accreditation and registration system (CARs) is established and so far 47 peoples are certified (27 are kaizen consultants & 21 regional and private consultant).