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31 Dec 2013 description

The INEE Minimum Standards for Education is a global tool and should therefore be contextualized, or customized, to be the most relevant to a country’s local reality as each country context is unique. In Ethiopia, the commitment to the contextualization of the INEE Minimum Standards for Education is made in the course of implementation of the MOE/United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Annual Work Plan 2004 and 2005.

31 Dec 2013 description

Following the new Saudi Foreign Labour Law restrictions were enforced in mid-November 2013, nearly 150,000 Ethiopian migrants returned to Ethiopia. Although the daily rate of arrival decreased from the high of 5,000 to around 22 returning migrants per day as of the end of December, the total figure continues to increase, with limited information on how many Ethiopian migrants remain in Saudi detention centers. Of the arrivals, 410 were unaccompanied minors.

30 Dec 2013 description

Key Events

  • Some 3,122 people have arrived in Ethiopia fleeing the violence that broke out in South Sudan on 15 December.

  • The daily arrival rate of Ethiopian migrants repatriated from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has significantly decreased over the past few weeks. Humanitarian assistance to the returnees continues.

  • The Ministry of Health, with the support from partners, continues to respond to the measles outbreaks around the country.

26 Dec 2013 description
report Caritas

Makeda Yohannes, Communications Officer for the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat (Caritas Ethiopia), reports on how Caritas is providing aid after tens of thousands of Ethiopian migrant workers are expelled from Saudi Arabia

Thousands of irregular Ethiopian migrant workers have been arrested and deported from Saudi Arabia. More than 127,000 returnees have arrived in Addis Ababa.

24 Dec 2013 description

Addis Ababa December 23/2013 The One Village One Product (OVOP) program being carried out in South Ethiopia Peoples' State is benefiting farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture said. Agriculture and Extension Director with the Ministry, Dr Dagnachew Beyene told ENA that the program is being implemented in five woredas in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The program is aimed at enabling farmers produce one specific agricultural product and supplies it to market adding some value.

24 Dec 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ed McKenna

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 21 2013 (IPS) - The return of 120,000 young undocumented migrant workers from Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia has sparked fears that the influx will worsen the country’s high youth unemployment and put pressure on access to increasingly scarce land.

As a result, a growing number of young Ethiopians are choosing to migrate to Sudan to circumvent an indefinite travel ban slapped by the Ethiopian government last month on Ethiopian workers traveling to Middle Eastern countries.

24 Dec 2013 description

The Government of Ireland has provided €100,000 to assist IOM’s ongoing post-arrival assistance to Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new funding will be used to provide post arrival medical assistance, meals, transportation within Addis Ababa and onward transportation to their hometowns and a cash allowance.

23 Dec 2013 description

Key Events

  • IOM continues to face a funding gap to assist the Ethiopians repatriated from Saudi Arabia. Some 144,507 people were so far repatriated, nearly a fivefold increase on the 30,000 people initially expected to return.

  • An estimated 40,000 Kenyans crossed into Ethiopia’s Moyale woredas , fleeing inter-communal conflict in northern Kenya. An Incident Command Post (ICP), led by the DR MFSS, was established to co ordinate the humanitarian response.

23 Dec 2013 description

Addis Ababa December 20/2013 A new outpatient annex constructed at the Dil Chora Hospital in Dire Dawa City Administration at a cost of three million USD was inaugurated on Friday in the presence of high level officials, USAID said. A press release USAID sent to ENA on Friday said the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have provided the stated amount for the construction of this new integrated services facility. The three-story OPD built on 2,150 square meters features ample space for patients and a conducive working environment for health workers.

20 Dec 2013 description
report Jhpiego

Addis Ababa – Jhpiego Ethiopia in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), regional health bureaus, Ethiopian Midwives Association with funding from UNICEF has trained 2,007 skilled health care providers in basic emergency obstetric and newborn across the country. Jhpiego has also established 15 training centers in eight of the 11 regions in Ethiopia to provide standardized clinical training to improve the skills and knowledge of midwives, nurses and other maternal health providers in basic emergency obstetric and newborn care.

19 Dec 2013 description

Bahir Dar December 19/2013 The Amhara State Health Bureau said it has managed to provide antenatal checkups for all expectant women. Public relation head with the bureau, Mulugeta Debasu told ENA that every expectant women in the State get antenatal checkups up to four times during her pregnancy. Only 13 percent of expectant women were visited health institutions for antenatal checkups in 1995EC, he said. He attributed the success for concerted efforts of extension workers, health professionals and stakeholders.

19 Dec 2013 description

Rome, 16 December 2013 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a loan of US$85 million to the Federal Democratic of Ethiopia to finance a third phase of the Pastoral Community Development Project. The Government of Ethiopia and the World Bank, will co-finance the $218.2 million project.

Gessese Mulugeta Alemseged, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to IFAD and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, signed the loan agreement today.

19 Dec 2013 description
report Tearfund

by Mark Lang

Almaz Santa has come a long way since drought in Ethiopia two years ago pushed her to the edge of survival.

Back then she would walk miles every day in a desperate search for firewood to sell to earn money to feed her children.

‘I used to cry out to God as I thought he had forgotten me,’ recalls the mother of six children aged between four and 15.

Thanks to supporters of Tearfund’s emergency appeal for East Africa, our partner the Wolaitta Kale Heywet Church brought Almaz back from the brink.

18 Dec 2013 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 18 December 2013 (IRIN) - When Mohamed Yusuf left his home town in Ethiopia for Saudi Arabia a year ago at the age of 17, he thought life would change for the better. Instead, a difficult and unprofitable stay in Saudi Arabia ended when he was among the nearly 137,000 undocumented Ethiopian migrants deported by the Saudi authorities to date.

16 Dec 2013 description

Key Events

  • Renewed inter-communal conflict in northern Kenya drives thousands into Ethiopia’s Moyale area. The Government and partners are assessing the situation to identify needs and plan for possible interventions.

  • The Ministry of health and health partners continue to respond to the on-going dengue fever and measles outbreaks.

  • IOM reports substantial funding gap to cover the costs for the post-arrival assistance being provided to the Ethiopians repatriated from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

16 Dec 2013 description

The ICRC has resumed its regular visits to federal prisons and expanded its activities in regional prisons in Oromia, Amhara, Harari, Tigray and Afar.

The aim of prison visits is to improve conditions of detention for the people detained, ensure humane treatment, and put detainees in contact with their families. The findings of the visits are shared exclusively with the authorities concerned on a confidential basis.

16 Dec 2013 description

Ethiopia Received over 5,000 New Refugees

Five thousand one hundred and ninety three new refugees were registered in Ethiopia in the last two months and this brings to 427,077 the total number of refugees Ethiopia hosted by 30 November 2013. Nearly half (2,496) of the new arrivals came from Eritrea while the rest represent newcomers from Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan combined.

15 Dec 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 13, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that it is planning to resettle over 3,800 refugees in Ethiopia to a third country.

This follows record submissions for resettlement at the Tongo, Barahle and Bokolmanyo refugee camps, where resettlement has not not been previously conducted.