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15 Dec 2010 description

A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project providing start-up costs for community-level income creation in Ethiopia has helped up to 5,000 people, mostly from poor and vulnerable groups, to gain new skills and find work during the last year.

UNDP's Local Economic Development (LED) project, designed as part of Ethiopian government efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, last year approved an initial loan of about US$243,000 to the local authority of Wolyta Sodo town in southern Ethiopia.

A group of seven unemployed young people in Wolyta Sodo - one of seven …

05 May 2010 description

(A tripartite press release issued by EMAO, EU, and UNDP)5 May 2010, Addis Ababa: In addition to the EUR 9.75 million contributed to the 2007-2009 mine action project, the European Union (EU) contributes additional EUR 4.85 million to the critical development work undertaken by the Ethiopian Mine Action Office (EMAO) for the next two years in support of Ethiopia's efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and fulfill its commitment under the Mine Ban Convention by 2015.

26 Feb 2010 description

26 February 2010 - Thanks to a US$2 million emergency contribution from Japan, UNDP will help to de-mine 2.5 million square metres of land in Ethiopia, safely opening it up for use by drought-stricken local residents and nomadic populations.

The funds will also be used for mine-risk education activities in the landmine-affected Afar, Somali and Tigray regions of the country.

16 Jun 2009 description

Helen Clark kicked off her official visit to Ethiopia today, meeting with the Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss ways in which the international community can support Ethiopia to achieve the MDGs, participate in climate change negotiations, and ensure progress made is not reversed by the economic downturn.

"I think many countries would be happy to be seeing the progress Ethiopia is making," Clark said. "In tough areas like maternal health and universal education, we are seeing progress. There is still work to do on infant mortality.

08 Jun 2009 description

UNDP in Ethiopia is providing 145 "camel ambulances" to help rural pastoralists in remote desert areas reach nearby health posts for emergency care.

The initiative is part of a Mobile Health Service set up by the regional authority in Afar, in the northeast of the country. Some 87 percent of the 1.4 million inhabitants in this region are rural dwellers, and accessibility by car is greatly hindered by the poor road and climatic conditions.

28 Aug 2003 description

A new coalition - with participation from international agencies, donors, civil society, and private sector and the Government - is working on strategies to improve Ethiopia's food security within two to three years. It hopes to end the recurrent crises brought on by drought and difficulties in getting assistance to those in need.

05 May 1997 description

UNDP has joined the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in responding to Ethiopia's drought emergency, which has caused almost complete exhaustion of surface and ground water resources in parts of the country, widespread death of livestock, meningitis outbreaks and migration of more than 120,000 ethnic Somalis. While rain fell on the affected areas in southern and eastern Ethiopia in mid-March, significant losses of livestock had already occurred and surviving animals are in poor condition.