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18 Apr 2013 description
report Concern Worldwide

In 2011, East Africa was hit by the worst drought in over 60 years. A new report looks back at our emergency response programme in Ethiopia at this time.

Below is an excerpt from this report.

14 Feb 2013 description
report Oxfam

Water situation in Turkana generally remained normal over the last quarter of 2012 as indicated by data received from selected strategic monitoring boreholes in Turkana North.

This is attributed to the short rains that recharged surface water sources and the subsurface flow in the river beds where communities source for water traditionally. When these sources dry up communities make more use of the boreholes that are equipped with handpumps. Normally communities are charged very low user fees or even free.

13 Jan 2013 description


 The Bega dry and windy weather conditions will persist over most parts of the country. In relation to this condition a further fall of minimum temperature is likely during the night and early in the morning over some highland areas of Ethiopia.

11 Jan 2013 description

As of 31 of December 2012, Ethiopia hosted a total of 376,410 refugees: 223,243 (59.31%) Somalis, 86,177 (22.89%) Sudanese, 62,996 (16.74%) Eritreans and 3,994 (1.06%) from other nationalities. The cumulative figure includes an estimated 20,000 unregistered refugees from South Sudan who are staying with the host communities along the border in Wanthawo Woreda in Western Ethiopia. In November 4,580 new refugees were registered in Ethiopia, while in December the number of new arrivals doubled and reached 10,417.

04 Jan 2013 description

Maize is the most widely consumed cereal by the rural poor. Sorghum is generally one of the cheapest cereals. Teff is also very important throughout the country. The most important markets for teff are the large cities including Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Mekele, and Dire Dawa. Addis Abada is the capital city, and Dire Dawa, Mekele, and Jijiga are major towns in the eastern, mainly food insecure, parts of the country. Bahir Dar is a major town in a surplus producing area.

30 Dec 2012 description

December 29/2012 The construction of water facilities has been launched in West Wollega Zone of Oromia State at a cost of more than 29 million Birr, the Zonal water, mines and energy office said. Office deputy head Gurmessa Oljira told ENA that the facilities include the construction of 932 spring development and 215 hand-dug wells. He said the public would contribute through labor and in cash for the projects which would benefit more than 255,000 residents. The facilities are expected to raise the water coverage of the zone to 78.5 from 63.4 percent at present.

28 Dec 2012 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal shows a reduced budget from CHF 25,408,085 to CHF 12,258,425; in cash, kind, or services to support the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) in assisting approximately 270,000 beneficiaries. The operational timeframe has been extended for 12 months; therefore the end of the operation will be on 31 August 2013. A final report will be made available by 30 November 2013 (three months after the end of the operation).

27 Dec 2012 description

Addis Ababa December 25/2012 Ethiopia and Japan signed Tuesday grant agreement amounting to 5.84 million US dollars to assist poor farmers to increase their productivity. The grant will be used to purchase fertilizer to benefit poor farmers under the Food Security for Under Privileged Farmers- KRII Project. Finance and Economic Development State Minister, Ahmed Shide and Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Hiroyuki Kishino signed the agreement.

27 Dec 2012 description

Shire Endasillsie December 26/2012 The construction of potable water project is underway in Shire’endasilassie town at a cost of more than 40 million Birr, town water service office said. Office manager, Zenebe Hadush told ENA that the project includes the construction of two sink wells, installation of pipe line and reservoir. Upon the completion of the project until the end of this Ethiopian year, it would enhance the water coverage of the town to 50 from 30 percent at present, he said. The manager said government and NGOs covered the construction cost of the projects.

24 Dec 2012 description

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 15:15 GMT

  • ONLF representative seeks talks in Addis Adaba

  • Further sign of rebel weakening, splits

  • Ogaden region has oil and gas potential

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 23 (Reuters) - A faction of a separatist rebel group said on Sunday it was seeking peace talks with the Ethiopian government, a development that could help stabilise a region with potential reserves of oil and gas.

24 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA-DJIBOUTI, 21 December 2012 (IRIN) - More people from the Horn of Africa region, especially Ethiopia and Somalia, are crossing international borders as irregular migrants - lacking official documentation or approval - drawn by the promise of a better life in the Arabian Peninsula.

“A growing number of Ethiopians opt to undergo a perilous journey through the Gulf of Aden, hoping to get to the Middle East via Yemen,” Demissew Bizuwerk, a communication officer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ethiopia, told IRIN.

21 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 21 December 2012 (IRIN) - Jemmal Ahmed, 21, was recently deported back to Ethiopia after a nine-month stay in a prison in Yemen for illegally entering the country a few months earlier. His intention had been to cross over into Saudi Arabia to find work.

He shared his experience with IRIN:

“I dreamed of going Saudi Arabia since the moment my neighbours, in my home town, told me of the possibility of getting out of poverty after someone went there and worked for a year.

21 Dec 2012 description

Addis Ababa December 20/2012 A rural water supply project executed by the Japanese government at a cost of 223 million Birr in Dandi woreda of Oromia State was inaugurated, the Japans’ embassy told ENA in a statement on Monday. The embassy told ENA that the water project includes the construction of 67 deep wells, 15 spring development, elevated water storage tanks and water ponds and installation of 80 km pipe line. Japanese ambassador to Ethiopia Hiroyuki Kishino and State Water, Mineral and Energy Bureau head Motumma Maqassa inaugurated the projects.

20 Dec 2012 description

The Board of Directors of the African Development Group, approved a project in the amount of USD 125 million for the first phase of the drought resilience project and provision of long-lasting means of subsistence to populations in the Horn of Africa.

Three countries, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya as well as the Igad secretariat are concerned by the first phase of this regional project funded way of loans and grants provided by the African Development Fund (ADF) beginning 2013.