Millions Under Severe Hunger Risk

Tens of millions in Ethiopia will face acute food shortages in three months if sufficient aid fails to arrive in time, warns a survey conducted by the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Over 2.1 billion dollars is needed to address agricultural, nutritional and food insecurities that could put the lives of more than 20 million people in a precarious situation. USAID pledged 1.2 billion dollars three months ago in aid to respond to food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, following the survey's release that 32 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya face severe hunger. FAO urged prioritising drought and conflict-affected populations through life-sustaining food and nutrition assistance. The survey found close to 13 million people in Northern Ethiopia are in desperate need of emergency food assistance, showing 18pc increase from last year. Recurrent drought, depleting foreign exchange reserves, resumption of the war, periodic fuel shortages, and a sharp currency depreciation due to the parallel market exacerbated the economic outlook for the country.


DDR Initiative Gets 16m Boost

A 16 million euro initiative to facilitate the disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) of nearly 370,000 ex-combatants was launched last week. Financed by the European Union (EU) the program will be implemented across eight regional states. It is overseen by the National Rehabilitation Commission (NRC), the agreement was signed at the Ministry of Finance's headquarters on King George St. Key figures including Semereta Sewasew, state minister for Finance; Teshome Toga, commissioner...


Central Bank Launches Youth Enterprise Forum

A financial education program targeting youth and Medium & Small Enterprises (MSMEs) was launched by the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) last week. It aims to equip interested trainees with personal and professional knowledge through experts from banks and microfinance institutions who will provide comprehensive training. The training modules, developed in collaboration with The First Consult and BRIDGE, cover several angles of financial literacy, including deposits, digital financial servic...


ArifPay Takes a Leap with Massive Capital Boost

Shareholders of ArifPay Financial Technologies S.C. have taken a significant stride by resolving to raise the company's paid-up capital to 300 million Br. The decision doubles down from the current 140 million Br marking a substantial increase. ArifPay, was established by 142 shareholders and secured the distinction of being the first payment operator licensed by the National Bank in 2021. CEO Bernard Laurendeau emphasised the critical timing of this capital increase, aligning with the company...