Fourth Phase of Sanitation Initiative Kicks Off

May 29 , 2021

The fourth phase of the Community-Led Accelerated Water, Sanitation & Hygiene project (COWASH IV) was kicked off during a ceremony attended by dignitaries of the Government of Finland. The 41-million-euro project targets to provide access to water supply for more than one million people across the country under the supervision of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Energy.  The project is set to run from now up until December, 2024, and will be implemented in 99 woredas and 37 zones located in the Amhara, Tigray, SNNP, Oromia, Benishangul-Gumuz and Sidama regional states. The third phase of COWASH, which expired in June 2019, was started a decade ago and was implemented across 76 woredas across five regional states. It managed to build almost 17,000 water points for communities, schools and health facilities.


Court Blocks BGI Ethiopia's Assets Trying High Stake Lawsuits

Judges at the Federal First Instance Court issued an injunction last week, halting the sale of BGI Ethiopia's headquarters and the transfer of shares in Brasseries International Holding Limited (B.I.H). The injunction, signed by Judge Girawork Yitbarek, ruled immediate delivery to the defendants. The legal action followed a high-stakes lawsuit filed by Zewudnesh G. Asrat, an 80-year-old woman, against BGI Ethiopia, Jean P. Blavierre, B.I.H, and Hebu Properties Limited. The plaintiff claims a...


Ethiopia's Third Shot at Peace Gets a $6.7m Boost

A 6.7 million dollars to finance the National Rehabilitation Commission (NRC)'s disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) program for nearly 370,000 ex-combatants, was pledged by the Japanese government. The financing will be channelled to the design, implementation and monitoring of the DDR program across eight regional states. Shibata Hironori, ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, signed the agreement last week at the Ministry of Finance headquarters on King George VI St with Tesfalem...


Digital Startups Seek Level Playing Field

Digital service providers gathered to discuss the complexities of the country's startup ecosystem last week. Weak legal frameworks and limited access to financing emerged as key challenges, despite the potential for digital businesses to thrive. The event, organised by the Addis Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations in partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), brought together stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. Limited access to...