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20 Jan 2015 description

IOM has started to provide transport for Eritrean refugees registered at Ethiopia’s Endabaguna screening center to camps provided by the country’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR in Tigray region.

Since the border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 1998, which subsequently escalated into full-scale conflict in 2000, Ethiopia has continued to host and receive Eritrean refugees. Currently Ethiopia is hosting more than 76,000 Eritreans in four camps – Hitsatse, Adiharush, Mai Aini and Shimelbain in Tigray region.

16 Jan 2015 description

16 JANUARY 2015 – An IFAD-supported project in north-west Ethiopia is showing signs of positively addressing land degradation. The community-based project, located in the watershed of Lake Tana, helps farmers and communities preserve the area's natural resources and regenerate degraded lands.

15 Jan 2015 description
report Guardian

Villagers discuss the impact of Farm Africa’s goat-rearing, beekeeping and irrigation programmes a year on from the 2013 Guardian Christmas appeal donations to the Tigray Food Security project

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15 Jan 2015 description
report Government of Italy

Minister Paolo Gentiloni signed three new cooperation accords with Ethiopia during a visit to Addis Ababa, on food security, socio-economic support for women and healthcare system development.

Ethiopia important for Italian cooperation

14 Jan 2015 description
report Voice of America

Light for the World is dedicated to improving eye health for people in developing countries. The NGO has worked to eradicate trachoma, a preventable disease of the eye that is endemic in parts of Ethiopia. With project partners, the NGO also restores vision to people suffering from cataracts and glaucoma.

14 Jan 2015 description
report Voice of America

ADDIS ABABA— Ethiopian opposition parties say they are facing roadblocks in their efforts to register for the May elections. The parties say the National Election Board is complicating procedures for no good reason, and raising doubt that the elections will be free or fair.

The Unity for Democracy and Justice party has the only opposition member in Ethiopia's 547-seat parliament. But it is unclear if the party will be allowed to participate in the May elections, as the National Election Board has rejected UDJ logos.

12 Jan 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief has provided thousands of poor people with access to safe water and sanitation, through a large-scale programme being delivered with partners in Ethiopia.

Despite current development efforts, Ethiopia is amongst the poorest countries in the world, and the Somali region is its poorest region. Conflict and insecurity in the region has stifled much-needed development, leaving many poor families unable to access basic services such as education, health and water.

08 Jan 2015 description

Two Eritrean teenagers, their young lives in ruins, have been reunited with their mother in France following efforts by the ICRC in cooperation with the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, the French Red Cross and the UNHCR.

08 Jan 2015 description

For months, South Sudanese refugees have waded through the flood waters at Leitchuor camp in Gambella, Ethiopia. Built on a floodplain, the camp has been submerged since the beginning of the rainy season. Despite being surrounded by the resource, there is still a desperate need for potable water. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is trying to fulfill this need by delivering 1 million liters of water to Leitchour and Tierkidi refugee camps every day, providing essential clean water to almost 100,000 South Sudanese refugees.

08 Jan 2015 description
report Voice of America

Kim Lewis

Trachoma is a preventable and treatable eye disease and is the second leading cause of blindness in Ethiopia. In a country of 96 million people, nine million children under nine years have active trachoma. Left untreated, trachoma leads to trichiasis, an eyelid abnormality in which eyelashes grow inward toward the eye, scratching the cornea and causing blindness.

Light for the World, a confederation of NGOs trying to eradicate trachoma from Ethiopia and the world, says 1.3 million Ethiopian adults are in need of eyelid surgery.

07 Jan 2015 description
report World Vision

Tesfaye Selidori, a 35-year-old man and a father of 10 children, is among the beneficiaries of World Vision’s coffee revitalization project in Kochere. Tesfaye witnesses the benefit he has received from the intervention, “Since I joined this project, I have benefitted a lot. In 2008, I received skill training on modern agricultural practice at Fura Agriculture Research Center by the joint support of World Vision and the Government. In 2009, I received 2,500 high yielding organic coffee varieties from World Vision.” Consequently, both his productivity and income increased tremendously.

05 Jan 2015 description

Addis Ababa. 29 December 2014 – Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the World Health Organization Country Office for Ethiopia (WCO) joined forces in the effort to heighten Ebola virus disease (EDV) preparedness in Ethiopia. KOICA’s support to WHO will contribute to strengthening the capacity of the Ethiopian health system to prepare for Ebola in line with the country’s EVD outbreak preparedness plan.

30 Dec 2014 description

Asefa Mideksa

Addis Ababa December 27/2014 Promising results have gained in pastoralist communities in the education and health sectors through implementation of schemes appropriate to the lifestyle and culture of the communities, the Ministries of Education and Health said.

30 Dec 2014 description


23 Dec 2014 description

23/12/14 MoS Sean Sherlock, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2014,

The Government is to provide funding of €2 million to aid agencies responding to the worsening crisis in South Sudan, Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today. The funding will be used to provide clean water and to tackle hunger among vulnerable communities in South Sudan and in refugee camps across the border, in Ethiopia.

18 Dec 2014 description

Giving birth at health centers improves outcomes for mothers and babies

“I see that the women are comfortable when they see how confident and efficient you are in the job you do.”

15 Dec 2014 description

Leitchour refugee camp has been underwater since the rains began this past June. Now the rains are over, bringing some reprieve to the more than 47 000 refugees living here. The expansive floodplain, dotted with white tents and huddles of round huts, is still extensively flooded. Refugees and villagers have to wade through knee-high dark brown waters. But they say it is now much better - at the peak of the rainy season, movement was impossible, except by boat.

A wretched camp

14 Dec 2014 description
report Concern Worldwide

Many farmers in rural Ethiopia are over-reliant on a single crop. To combat this problem, Concern Worldwide introduced Ibre Seid and his community to the potato crop. The results have been amazing!

New crops desperately needed

Ibre Seid claims he was the first person in his community to taste a potato and this could very well be true.

The potato is not a crop traditionally grown in the area of Gelsha, where Ibre lives. But, new crops were desperately needed. People were relying on one crop, barley, which was dependent on rain.

14 Dec 2014 description
report Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide has been helping communities in Gelsha, Ethiopia to cope with persistent flooding. Now, thanks to training in new farming techniques, people like Lubaba can grow enough food to feed their families.

In the rural highlands of Ethiopia, people depend on agriculture to feed their families and earn a living. However, increasingly erratic rainfall patterns are causing problems for farmers.

13 Dec 2014 description

By Lorenzo Bosi

Zemada Kebeb is a farmer living in Ethiopia’s drought-prone Tigray region. In the past, recurring droughts threatened to push her and her four children into chronic hunger. But now, with the help of a resilience-building initiative called R4, Zemada no longer fears a lack of rainfall and has enough stability to start growing new things like mangos.