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31 Aug 2018 description

Intercommunal conflict in the Somali and Oromia border regions that escalated on 4 August has led to the internal displacement of more than 141,000 people. Shelter and health assistance are among the most urgent needs for the IDPs. The areas most affected by the conflict are Jijiga in Somali region and East Hararghe area in Oromia, where fatalities among the population were reported. With the exception of a reported influx of around 2,000 displaced people into Mekelle Town of Tigray region, there is no other information regarding the impact of the August events on Tigray.

23 Jul 2018 description

by Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 23 July 2018 16:12 GMT

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, July 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign donors must come forward to support Ethiopia and Eritrea after the long-time arch rivals ended a war which spanned two decades and hampered efforts to improve the lives of millions of people, a top United Nations official said on Monday.

11 Jul 2018 description
report The Global Fund

Ethiopia is one of the largest implementers of grants supported by the Global Fund partnership. In the last decade, the eastern African nation has made superior gains against HIV, TB and malaria, and has achieved significant results in reducing child mortality and improving maternal health care.
Despite progress, Ethiopia still has relatively low percapita income, and it faces serious health challenges.
Nearly 800,000 people are estimated to be living with HIV in the country. The disease is the second leading cause of death in the country after respiratory infections.

22 Jun 2018 description

Critics say the government needs to do more to ensure the safe return of a million Ethiopians displaced by conflict

By Tom Gardner

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Early one morning, Aschal Zegeye and her young family heard a knock at the door. Her husband answered it. Shortly after he was dead.

"They took him outside and slaughtered him," the 25 year-old mother of two told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a church shelter in the city of Bahir Dar.

18 Jan 2018 description

"Needs have gone through the roof for the whole of the humanitarian system, and donors really can't keep up with these increased needs."

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, Jan 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cuts in food rations for 1.5 million refugees in east Africa, due to funding shortages, could increase school dropouts, crime and malnutrition, a United Nations official said on Wednesday.

20 Dec 2017 description

Savings groups are helping farmers - particularly women - get through bad times when harvests are lost

By Elias Gebreselassie

GANTA KANACHAMA, Ethiopia, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Workinesh Denda, a stocky middle-aged woman, arranges hand-made stoves in a neat line in a small shop in Ganta Kanachama village, in southern Ethiopia.

13 Nov 2017 description

By Elias Gebreselassie

ARGOBA, Ethiopia, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with a spear and undeterred by the intense sunlight, Tarekegn Kareto meticulously plucks weeds in his maize field in Argoba village, in southern Ethiopia.

"With both dry weather and unusually heavy rains hitting us in the past year, I've lost over half of my harvest of maize and sorghum," he said, pausing to wipe sweat off his forehead.

28 Oct 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) In 2002, in the village of Abobo in western Ethiopia, a group of Italian and Spanish volunteers set up a local health clinic in collaboration with local Salesian missionaries. Today, the Abobo Health Center is the symbol of the community and provides health services for the more than 4,000 local villagers. Having expanded its reach over the years, the health clinic also serves the approximately 20,000 people living in the area and the 200,000 people in the entire region.

04 Oct 2017 description

CDKN’s Tesfaye Hailu reports from Addis Ababa.

The Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) 18th Board meeting in Cairo has approved Africa’s largest GCF direct access proposal. The Ethiopian Government’s $50m climate resilience proposal focuses on sustained provision of water for potable and productive use, including the use of solar energy to power the water pumps, and improved land use management to increase ground water recharge and soil nutrient content. It is intended to change the livelihoods of more than 1 million people in highly vulnerable communities.

23 Aug 2017 description

Tigray has managed to improve soil and water conservation, and closed off 1.2 mln hectares of land to allow plants to regrow

By Alex Whiting

ROME, Aug 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major project to restore land in Ethiopia's Tigray Region to boost millions of people's ability to grow food won gold on Tuesday in a U.N.-backed award for the world's best policies to combat desertification and improve fertility of drylands.

14 Aug 2017 description

Human impact summary

Key messages

  • On 4 June 2015, Ethiopia’s National Meteorological Agency declared that the spring belg rains had failed. Soon after, the summer kiremt rains were severely delayed and erratic, affecting 9.7 million Ethiopians.

  • An international group of scientists found that the 2015 drought was an extremely rare event that only happens about once every few hundred years in north-eastern and central Ethiopia.

10 Jul 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Thanks to a partnership between the Don Bosco International Volunteers for Development (VIS), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), young boys in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have a new lease on life. Determined to address one of Ethiopia’s most pressing socioeconomic challenges—the burgeoning number of abandoned, runaway and otherwise at-risk children fending for themselves in the city—Don Bosco VIS and UNODC launched the “Rehabilitation and Reintegration Services for Children in Conflict with the Law” in November 2015.

04 Jul 2017 description

by Elias Gebreselassie | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 4 July 2017 10:53 GMT

Forests can provide more stable water, harvests and jobs - but rural population growth make protecting them a challenge, officials say

By Elias Gebreselassie

CHILIMO, Ethiopia, July 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its population of 100 million.

29 Jun 2017 description

Key messages

  • North and central Ethiopia suffered their worst drought in decades in 2015, a year marked by a strong El Niño.

  • The drought affected nearly 10 million Ethiopians.

  • Scientists with World Weather Attribution used multiple methods of attribution science to look at the possible roles that climate change and El Niño played in the drought.

  • They found that El Niño made this rare drought even drier in the kiremt season.

26 Jun 2017 description

by Elias Gebreselassie

Insurance is only part of the answer, but it is easing losses from drought for herders in southern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, 26 June 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For pastoralists like Jilo Datecha, the persistent drought afflicting southern Ethiopia’s Borena zone has made the prospects for earning a living grim.

13 Jun 2017 description

Consecutive failed rains have led to widespread crop failures

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With a record-breaking 26.5 million people going hungry in the Horn of Africa, development banks are increasing their humanitarian funding to fill a gap left by traditional donors, a high-level mission said on Tuesday.

Food rations for 7.8 million Ethiopians are due to run out in July due to funding shortages, while neighbouring Somalia is on the verge of its second famine in six years.

24 May 2017 description

by Suresh Babu | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

During times of conflict, building robust food systems can improve access to food

About 20 million people face starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, the United Nations says. Armed conflict, combined with drought and natural resource degradation have led to the breakdown of resilience in the food system in these areas.

07 Apr 2017 description

by Megan Rowling

"The ones who benefit most from adaptation are the most vulnerable, the most marginalised, the poorest"

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, April 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Green Climate Fund, set up to channel billions of dollars to help poor countries tackle climate change, came under fire on Thursday over its choice of which projects to back, as activists said it was overlooking the needs of the most vulnerable people.

15 Mar 2017 description

More than 16 million people do not know where their next meal will come from and children risk dying from starvation.

by Daniel Wesangula

NAIROBI, March 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British Olympic champion Mo Farah is supporting a charity appeal, launched on Wednesday, for more than 16 million people facing starvation in East Africa, including Somalia where he was born.