The award celebrates an established individual (or group) who has demonstrated commitment to the global development goals through impactful work during or in response to the COVID-19ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 24, 2020/ -- The Director of the African Union’s Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, has been awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) 2020 Global Goalkeeper Award.The award celebrates an established individual (or group) who has demonstrated commitment to the global development goals through impactful work during or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in their country and/or globally. It was handed over by Dr Solomon Zewdu, the Deputy Director for Health at the BMGF at a small ceremony at the African Union headquart...
According to the latest International Labour Organization (ILO) global estimates, about 152 million children, 64 million girls and 88 million boys, are in child labour worldwideADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 22, 2020/ -- The African Union (AU) is initiating discussions with stakeholders on the implementation of African Union’s Ten Year Action Plan to Eradicate Child Labour, Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (2020-2030) adopted during the AU Summit held in February 2020. This initiative resonates well with the International Labour Organization (ILO) convention 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour which is reaching its universal ratification.When children are trapped in slavery, forced labour and trafficking, forced to participate in armed conflict, and all types of illici...
MAPUTO, Mozambique -- The ICRC donated medical and non-medical items to 11 places of detention throughout six regions in support of the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in prisons.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), consisting of 27, 550 surgical and respiratory masks, 17,600 gloves, close to 2,000 gowns, surgical caps and aprons, were among the items distributed to the prisons in August 2020.
"The donation is aimed at enhancing the capacity of the health system in prisons to provide standard services to COVID-19 detainee patients and non-COVID19 detainees potentially neglected because of the coronavirus-induced crisis," remarked Apollo Kinyokie Barasa, Health Unit Coordinator with the ICRC.
The ICRC also supplied a large quantity of medical waste bins,...
GENEVA, Switzerland, September 7, 2020/ -- HIGHLIGHTS
• Of 1,044,005 samples tested as of 06 September, 58,672 were confirmed positive making Ethiopia the country with the highest caseload in East Africa, and the fourth highest in Africa next to South Africa, Egypt and Morocco.
• 25 highest-risk IDP sites further prioritized for decongestion and scaledup multi-sector response as part of COVID-19 prevention and control effort amongst IDPs.
US$1.44 billion Total COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 revised requirements
US$1.06 billion Non-COVID-19 requirements
US$374.2 million COVID-19 requirements
COVID-19 - Ethiopia updates
Over 1 million samples tested, close to 59,000 confirmed cases and more...
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Ethiopia has received a US $14.85 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to boost its response to disruptions in education caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The World Bank will be the grant agent for Ethiopia: COVID-19 Education Response Project, which aims to maintain student learning while schools are closed, support safe reopening of schools, and strengthen the resilience of the education system.
The COVID-19 pandemic and temporary school closures have left 26 million Ethiopian students out of school, which may have long-term impacts on their health, development, and future earning potential. Temporary school closures may also lead some children from vulnerable households, especially girls and students in rural areas, to permanen...
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Between 1 April to 30 June 2020, DTM Ethiopia surveyed a total of 907 migrants across 5 Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs). These FMPs are located in Humera, Metema, Galafi, Dawale and Tog Wochale. For the first time in 27 months of flow monitoring activities, incoming movements were higher than outgoing movements for April and May 2020, as many Ethiopians traveled back to Ethiopia due to CoVID-19 related reasons such as loss of jobs and deportation following strict measures to curb the pandemic in host countries.
For instance, a total of 253 migrants surveyed reported intending to travel from Sudan to Ethiopia whereby an overwhelming majority (97%) were Ethiopian nationals.Download Report: https://bit.ly/3aP35x0Furthermore, returning to one’s home country was the pr...
More than 17,000 of the returnees came home via land crossings, mainly from Djibouti, Somalia, and SudanGENEVA, Switzerland, August 11, 2020/ -- IOM, the International Organization for Migration, and NRC, the Norwegian Refugee Council, are delivering essential aid to over 23,500 migrants in Ethiopia who have recently returned to the country due to COVID-19.More than 17,000 of the returnees came home via land crossings, mainly from Djibouti, Somalia, and Sudan. For some returnees these are destination countries where they go to seek employment, yet for many others these are transit countries on the perilous journey east to the Arab Peninsula, or north to Europe via North Africa.All recent returnees are being accommodated at quarantine facilities in regional towns.The migrants, who have ret...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 10, 2020/ -- My sincere appreciation to BytedanceTalk and tiktok for their generous donation of 100,000 COVID-19 testing kits worth 1.3million USD for the fight against COVID19Ethiopia which will enhance our response and Combat campaign. Ministry of Health, Ethiopia, Lia Tadesse.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 6, 2020/ -- The U.S. government has donated a shipment of 250 state-of-the-art ventilators and other critical care equipment to assist Ethiopia with its response to COVID-19. The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer to Prime Minister Abiy of these critically needed supplies, in support of Ethiopia’s urgent and comprehensive response to the pandemic.
“Today, the United States reinforces its unwavering commitment to the Ethiopian people. This donation is a critical addition to the billions of dollars in resources and expertise that the American people have invested in Ethiopia’s health system in recent years. I am honored to join Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse to hand over this new equipment and to continue our work together, mitigating the impac...
Egypt has withdrawn from the renewed talks on the future of a giant hydropower project on the Nile River being built by Ethiopia.
The latest standoff is over new filling guidelines proposed by Ethiopia.
Sudan has also threatened to withdraw from the talks, saying Ethiopia is insisting on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile.
Sudan’s Water and Irrigation Minister, Yasser Abbas, said he received a letter from his Ethiopian counterpart with the proposal.
The Sudanese minister said Ethiopia proposed “the deal under discussion be limited to filling up the dam and any deal concerning its management be linked to the question of sharing Blue Nile waters”, AFP news agency reports.
Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan through which the Blue Nile flows hav...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The speedy implementation of commitments to Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) has yet again been emphasized in a Declaration and Call for Action between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
The Declaration and call for action is an outcome statement of the AUC, Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) meeting with CSOs, to deliberate on scaling up actions to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender-specific concerns.
The latest round of engagement with the CSOs was virtual convened on 14th July 2020 with the support of the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Network, gathering rich perspectives and contributions from the academia, the media, youth, traditional leaders, faith-based or...
PARIS, France, July 28, 2020/ -- Long-term, multi-transponder contract leveraging capacity on EUTELSAT 7C’s dedicated Ethiopian spot beam; showcasing the dynamism of the Ethiopian broadcast landscapeEutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) (www.Eutelsat.com) and CANAL+ have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for Ku capacity on EUTELSAT 7C to support the launch by CANAL+ of a premium DTH platform in Ethiopia at the beginning of 2021.Leveraging Eutelsat 7C’s incremental capacity dedicated to Ethiopia, CANAL+ will launch a comprehensive broadcast offer encompassing a DTH pay-TV offer of some 50 premium channels in a mix of standard and high definition, enriched by the addition of a selection of Ethiopian Free-to-air content.EUTELSAT 7C is a high-power broadcast satellite wh...
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 26, 2020/ --This report is produced by OCHA Ethiopia in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period April to June 2020. The next report will be issued in September 2020.
• The operational environment to relief operations remained permissive through the reporting period.
• Insecurity and violence continues to be the main impediment to relief operations in Ethiopia, affecting in particular west and southern Oromia.
• Long-standing conflicts over land tenure and access to resources continue. The conflict in the Afar -Somali regional border, has left thousands stranded, out-ofreach to humanitarian partners.
• The aid community in Ethiopia joined the global call made by the UN Secre...
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Ethiopia has announced that its latest talks with Egypt over a giant dam on the Blue Nile have achieved a mutual understanding, paving the way for a “breakthrough agreement.” Given the history of claims and counterclaims attending the negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, this should be taken with skepticism. There have been several occasions in this decade-old dispute when, after a bout of heated discussion, both sides have put out contradictory statements on what was agreed.
The Egyptian characterization of the latest round, mediated by the African Union, is more muted than Ethiopia’s. Cairo says the parties have agreed to continuing talks with the goal of establishing a binding mechanism governing the filling and usage of the dam—a longs...
The polite diplomatic façade was maintained but the words of the Egyptian and Ethiopian representatives revealed a belligerence that was hard to disguise.
The recent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Ethiopia's huge hydro-electric plant, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd), straddling the Blue Nile, was held by teleconference.
The social distance that the participants observed underscored the diplomatic gulf.
It is a gulf that threatens to sweep up the populations of the two countries into a nationalist fervour and mutual distrust.
The Gerd, which sits on the Nile's main tributary, is upstream of Egypt and has the potential to control the flow of water that the country almost entirely relies on.
It also will be, when fully operational, the largest hydro-e...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 8, 2020/ -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat is monitoring the recent developments in Ethiopia closely, following the killing of the Ethiopian Artist and musician Haacaalu Hundeessaa. The violence has claimed many lives so far with scores of people injured.
The Chairperson wishes to extend his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat
While the country mourns the loss of Hachalu Hundesa, the Chairperson appeals for calm, restraint by all sides and calls on all Ethiopians to refrain from acts that could further escalate the current situation.
The Chairperson calls on the Government of Ethiopia...
The grant, awarded from the country’s ADF-15 Performance-Based Allocation, will help bolster Ethiopia’s COVID-19 National Emergency Response Plan (NERP)ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 3, 2020/ -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on 3 July approved a grant of $165.08 million to support Ethiopia’s response to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including helping to ease fiscal pressures on the economy.The grant, awarded from the country’s ADF-15 Performance-Based Allocation, will help bolster Ethiopia’s COVID-19 National Emergency Response Plan (NERP). The NERP outlines a reliable, multi-sector approach to tackling the pandemic. It aims to expand social protection coverage for the most vulnerable, enhance capacity to contain the virus outbre...
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 4, 2020 -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on 3 July approved a grant of $165.08 million to support Ethiopia’s response to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including helping to ease fiscal pressures on the economy.
The grant, awarded from the country’s ADF-15 Performance-Based Allocation, will help bolster Ethiopia’s COVID-19 National Emergency Response Plan (NERP). The NERP outlines a reliable, multi-sector approach to tackling the pandemic. It aims to expand social protection coverage for the most vulnerable, enhance capacity to contain the virus outbreak, and address macro-fiscal imbalances as well as cushioning the effects of the crisis on the private sector.
“This Bank’s support will especiall...
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia --- Troops were deployed in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, ahead of the funeral of the popular musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, who was shot dead in a targeted killing earlier this week.
The 34 year-old singer—a prominent figure of the Oromo ethnic group—was shot dead while driving to Addis Ababa on June 29. The motive for his death remains unknown.
Popular musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, who was shot dead in a targeted killing earlier this week.
His death sparked protests that have spread from Addis Ababa to the surrounding Oromiya region and claimed more than 80 lives.
The singer's killing tapped into grievances fuelled by decades of government repression and what the Oromo, Ethiopia's biggest ethnic group, describe as their historic exclusion from polit...
A statue of former Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie has been destroyed in a park in Wimbledon, south-west London.
Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Cannizaro Park on Tuesday evening.
The damage to the bust was carried out by a group of around 100 people, according to an eyewitness.
It appears to be linked to unrest in Ethiopia sparked after a popular singer, Hachalu Hundessa, was shot dead earlier this week.
Demonstrations following his death saw a statue of royal prince Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael, the father of Selassie, Ethiopia's last emperor, torn down in the eastern city of Harar.
Hachalu's songs focused on the rights of Ethiopia's Oromo ethnic group and he had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership ...