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30 Dec 2011 description

Addis Ababa, December 30, 2011 (Addis Ababa) - Construction of safe water and sanitation projects launched in 15 towns of four regional states with over 800 million Birr is well in progress, the Ministry of Water and Energy said.

Public Relations and Communication Director with the Ministry, Bezuneh Tolcha told ENA that the projects are underway in the stated number of towns in Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and South Ethiopia Peoples States.

Bezuneh said so far 20 per cent of the construction work on the projects has been completed.

28 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Indrias Getachew

OROMIA REGION, Ethiopia, 27 December 2011 – One-year-old Kedir Mudi and his mother, Alemnesh Gerefa, play in the waiting area of the health post in Derer Ebija, a rural village in Oromia Region. Only three months ago, this happy toddler came dangerously close to death after contracting pneumonia, one of the leading killers of children in Ethiopia.

Kedir was diagnosed during a visit to the Derer Ebija health post, where the health extension workers had been trained, with UNICEF support, to detect pneumonia.

27 Dec 2011 description

Adama, December 27, 2011 (Adama) - Various development projects are being carried out in Oromia State at a cost of nearly five million Birr to achieve poverty reduction targets of the MDGs, the state finance and economic development bureau said.

Speaking on Tuesday at the opening of a forum organized in Adama Town of the state to evaluate performance for the last five months in the State, Bureau Head, Siraj Kedir said some 70 percent of the total budget of the state has been allocated for construction of rural roads while the balance for social service development.

27 Dec 2011 description

Ethiopia and Japan signed on Friday a water project agreement to be implemented in Somali Regional State.

State Minister of Water and Energy, Kebede Gerba and Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ethiopia Office, Koji Ota signed the agreement representing their respective countries.

Japan would provide full technical support to the project to be implemented in Gode district of the Somali Region.

26 Dec 2011 description

Tigray, December 24, 2011 (Mekele) - Tigray Development Association (TDA) said it has constructed a total of 555 educational facilities during the last 22 years with financial contribution of supporters and the public.

TDA Board Member, Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot said in connection with the Association's 9th Assembly to be held from 13 -15 January 2012 that the educational facilities include primary and secondary schools as well as technical and vocational education training centers.

26 Dec 2011 description

Debrebirhan, December 24, 2011 (Debrebirhan) - Activities are underway to increase safe water service coverage to 100 per cent in Debreberhan Town of Amhara State at a cost of 5.7 million Birr during the current Ethiopian fiscal year, the town administration office said.

Office Manager, Abey Sisay told ENA on Friday that currently the coverage stands at 95 percent.

Installation , upgrading and maintenance of over 8.1-km water pipelines is underway as part of the activities to increase the coverage, he said.

26 Dec 2011 description

N.Gondar, December 24, 2011 (Gondar) - More than 4700 farmers are developing over 2500 hectares land through irrigation in Armachiho Woreda, North Gondar Zone of Amhara State during the current dry season, the woreda agriculture development office said.

The office told ENA on Friday that so far the farmers are developing the stated area of land by using over 21,000 cubic meters compost and harnessing rivers.

Farmers engaged in irrigation development in the area have managed to harvest three times a year.

26 Dec 2011 description

Addis Ababa, December 24, 2011 (Addis Ababa) - Health Bureau of the Oromia State said more than 1.5 million family heads have been implementing health extension package programs.

Government Communication Affairs Process Representative with the Bureau, Abera Degefu told ENA that the programs are being implemented in all woredas of the state.

Encouraging results have been registered in implementation of the programs over the past few years, the representative said.

26 Dec 2011 description

Rome, 21 December 2011 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a US$50 million loan and US$50 million grant to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to help poor rural households gain access to financial services and reduce rural poverty in the country.

The loan and grant agreement for the Rural Financial Intermediation Programme – Phase II (RUFIP II) was signed today by Mulugeta Alemseged, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Italy, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD.

22 Dec 2011 description


DG ECHO's strategic objectives included in the regional HIP for 2012 for the Horn of Africa (HoA) are:

a) People affected by crisis, whether man-made or natural, are assisted in a timely fashion and offered adequate protection through humanitarian assistance, including improved emergency preparedness.

b) Local resilience is strengthened through Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities preparing targeted vulnerable and at-risk communities to better cope with drought and other natural disasters.

22 Dec 2011 description

AusAID, together with UniQuest and the University of Queensland (UQ), is helping to improve skills for dryland farming in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Tunisia.

Food production on dryland in African countries is particularly important to ensure food security. However, despite efforts to introduce more sustainable and productive systems such as conservation farming and agroforestry, African farming is still governed by traditional slash and burn techniques.

21 Dec 2011 description

Reporters Without Borders is outraged that an Addis Ababa court today found Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye guilty of supporting terrorism, a charge for which the prosecution has requested a 13-year jail sentence. They are also facing an additional sentence of five and a half years in prison on a charge of entering the country illegally, to which they pleaded guilty. The court is expected to issue a sentence next week.

21 Dec 2011 description

"The Government is seriously concerned about today's judgment against the two Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson in Addis Abeba.

"Our starting point is and remains that they have been in the country on a journalistic mission. They should be freed as soon as possible and be able to rejoin their families in Sweden. "We are examining the judgement and the situation also in consultation with the journalists and their families.

"But we are already making high-level contact with the Ethiopian government in this matter."

21 Dec 2011 description

Two Swedish journalists found guilty by an Ethiopian court were convicted on the basis of their legitimate journalistic work and must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said today.

Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were found guilty on charges of ‘Supporting Terrorism’ and ‘Violation of the Territorial or Political Sovereignty’ of the country through illegal entry with the intent to commit a number of prohibited acts.

19 Dec 2011 description

Sindayo Tsegay sees herself first and foremost as a mother, a role which brings daily challenges. For Sindayo, who lives in northern Ethiopia, those challenges used to seem insurmountable before a tree-planting project changed her life as well as the lives of neighboring families.

WUKRO – Just a decade ago, the land surrounding Sindayo Tsegay’s home was dry and eroded. In the mountainous terrain common to many remote areas of northern Ethiopia, growing crops was nearly impossible and families often resorted to mashing up cacti to feed their livestock.

19 Dec 2011 description

Dilla, December 17, 2011 (Dilla) - Water facility constructed in Borena Zone of South Ethiopia Peoples State at a cost of over 127 million Birr went in to operation, the zonal administration said.

Zonal Chief, Boru Godana told ENA that the facility includes the installation of 2,000 km of pipeline.

He said the project would benefit 139,000 pastoralists living in Dilo, Dire and Yabello woredas.

According to him, the project, would also benefit Kenyan pastoralists, would help strengthen people to people relation of the two countries.