Japan Pitches in $1m for Peace Building

February 27 , 2021

The Government of Japan has committed one million dollars toward a peacekeeping project described as the "prevention of extremism and its resurgence amid the COVID-19 pandemic through education in Africa." Funneled through the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (UNESCO-IICBA), the project targets educators, teachers and youth in 54 African countries. The signing ceremony for the project was attended by Ito Takako, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, and Vera Songwe (PhD), executive secretary of UNECA. Throughout its implementation, 200 trainers of trainers will receive further guidance courses, while 2,000 educators and teachers will be reached in 10 African countries. An additional 44 countries are expected to benefit indirectly. UNESCO-IICBA has been working in teacher development in Africa since 1999, with teacher development for peacebuilding and the prevention of violent extremism in Africa incorporated in its programme since 2017.


UNDP Nods $2m for National Dialogue

United Nation Development Program (UNDP) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Finance and National Dialogue Commission, allocating 2.2 million dollars for the upcoming national discussion. Managed by an independent trust fund, and in addition to the annual budget allocated by the Ethiopian government, UNDP is looking to set up a financial buffer scheduling to raise 32.8 million dollars in support funds from development partners over the next three years. The Dialogue Commission was est...


Street Snack

The rainy season is going to be missed for at least one reason: boiled corn on the cob. As the customer captured here, it has been an enjoyable street food for the city's residents to keep them warm. More importantly, it was a livelihood for many street vendors. ...


Stair Shop

A shop and a shoeshine stall have been set up under the stairs of an overhead bridge. In the most crowded parts of Addis Abeba, there is always some type of vendor selling everyday goods, serving the lower-income population...