Donors Avail $165m for Displaced Kids Schooling

Feb 15 , 2020

UNICEF's Education Cannot Wait (ECW) has announced a 165-million-dollar grant for three years to provide education to 746,000 children affected by crises in Ethiopia. ECW has earmarked 27 million dollars as seed funding to address the educational needs of 60,487 of the most vulnerable children IDPs, returnees and children from host communities in Amhara, Oromia and Somali regional states. Part of the funding will be used to support efforts to mobilise the funding gap of 138 million dollars needed for the whole programme. The funding will be used for children left behind because of violence, drought, displacement and other crises. The Ministry of Education will lead the programme in partnership with Save the Children International, UNICEF's Education Cannot Wait and the education cluster of the organisation.


Ethiopian Seafarers Contribute $50m Annually in Remittances

Ethiopian Maritime Authority disclosed 50 million dollars in annual remittances from seafarers deployed internationally. Abdulber Shemsu, the director general of the Authority, said Ethiopia's membership in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), establishes global standards and guidelines for safe, secure, and environmentally sustainable shipping practices. With 176 member countries and three associate member countries, including Ethiopia, the IMO provides a framework for ensuring...


AfDB Launches $1.5m Initiative to Propel Agro-Industrial Parks

A 1.5 million dollar initiative for the development of three Agro-industrial parks was commenced last week. Financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the project includes feasibility studies, a master plan, and an environmental and social impact assessment. The Phase Two project, which includes capacity building for stakeholders, was initiated last week with an agreement between Semereta Sewasew, state minister for Finance and Gunther Beger, managing director of UNIDO. Semereta said...


Cabinet Approves Public Service Legislation

Council of Ministers has unanimously approved the legislation that aims to raise the competency and professionalism of public service in the country. The Federal Civil Servants Proclamation is pending ratification from Parliament. The decision was made during the 30th meeting of the Cabinet last week, which follows the ratification of the public service and administrative policy. Currently, the 176 federal agencies within 22 ministries, collectively employ around two million people. The polic...