Four Firms Secure Deal to Electrify Rural Towns

Jun 1 , 2019

The government hired three Chinese and one Spanish firm for 12 small-scale solar energy development projects. The companies, hired by the Ethiopian Electric Utility, will be electrifying 67,700 rural homes in all parts of the country. The projects will be built in three areas of Oromia Regional State, two areas in Amhara and Southern Nations & Nationalities Peoples’ regional states each, and one each in Somali, Tigray, Afar, Benishangul Gumuz and Gambella regional states. The projects are jointly financed by the World Bank and the government of Ethiopia, which raised 8.5 million dollars and 59.6 million Br, respectively. About 25 projects are in the design phase, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved 15 million dollars in loans and 100 million dollars in credit grants for these projects. The World Bank Group approved 400 million dollars of credit grants for solar power development projects. The World Bank has also provided loans and grants worth 375 million dollars for the first phase of the National Electrification Program launched in 2017, aimed at both integrated grid and off-grid electricity access with the latter to comprise 35pc by 2025.



A street lamp around Addis Abeba Stadium melds into the concrete backdrop emblematic of the capital's ageing infrastructure. Over the past few years, Ethiopia's electric grid has been subject to destruction and theft, subjecting the public treasury to hundreds of millions in losses. Nearly half of the country's population does not have access to electricity. A series of projects by the World Bank has contributed to the slight but essential upgrade to the nation's grid, including a 500 million do...



A trio of donkeys drag along the main road in front of Menlik School around the Arat Kilo area. While the four-legged domestic animal is a venerated member of the Ethiopian labour force, its skin and meat are increasingly valued in the international markets. Rhong Chang, a donkey slaughterhouse operating in Assela Town, Oromia Regional State reopened its services after a seven-year break two years ago. Public outroar has often accompanied the entrance of donkey abattoirs into Ethiopia since anot...



A bustling market emerges under a bridge in the boroughs of the Bole Michael area. Addis Abeba City Administration has launched a series of aesthetic initiatives embalmed in themes of beautification and urbanisation that have removed thousands of shops built with makeshift tents. Above a quarter of Addis Abeba's labour force is engaged in the informal economy, which while often associated with connotations of illegality, remains a sizeable employer in emerging economies across the world. Calibra...