Ethiopia matters to the UK for a range of development, foreign policy and security reasons. It is populous, poor, vulnerable but comparatively stable in the Horn of Africa. From a low base, Ethiopia’s growth and expansion of basic services in recent years have been among the most impressive in Africa. The UK Government has an opportunity to make our support more transformational and accelerate Ethiopia’s graduation from aid dependency.
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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.”
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
Deployed on 29 November, the meher humanitarian needs assessment team is expected to conclude the assessment on 21 December.
The Government’s DRMFSS and WFP are discussing loan arrangements to cover resource gaps for the sixth relief food round.
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.
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.
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.
Gender-based violence is rampant, yet rather than equip NGOs to provide support, the law has all but crippled women’s rights organisations
One day in early October, Hanna Lalango, 16, did not return from school to her home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at the usual time. Her father Lalongo Hayesso was worried about his youngest daughter.
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The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,960 individuals, comprising 191,375 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,585 who entered through the Assosa region.
The average arrival rate of South Sudanese refugees to the Gambella region has remained low as the rainy season comes to an end.
Below-average October to December Deyr/Hagaya rains thus far in some southern and southeastern pastoral areas
Ethio-Feed PLC Launches Livestock Feed Facility that Transforms Agricultural Waste into Quality Livestock Feed
Between 17 November (when the relocation started) and 6 December, UNHCR and IOM relocated 5,667 South Sudanese refugees from Matar way station to Pugnido camp.
Woredas in the lowlands of Oromia that did not receive enough rain to replenish water sources continue to report water shortages. During the week, six water trucks provided water to an estimated 59,542 people.