US Backs Ethiopia with Mechanical Ventilators

Aug 8 , 2020

The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 500 ventilators and other critical care equipment to Ethiopia to buffer the ongoing fight against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). While 250 of the ventilators arrived last week, the remaining are en route. Alongside the donation, USAID will be providing a package of support that consists of complementary equipment, warranty and service plans, as well as training for medical professionals. The donation adds to the more than 71 million dollars that the United States has committed so far to Ethiopia in response to the pandemic through the US State Department, USAID, and the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC). The resources have been channelled to strengthen clinical care, build laboratory capacity, disseminate health messages, and ensure food security caused by the pandemic. In the last 20 years, the United States has invested more than 13 billion dollars in Ethiopia, with close to four billion dedicated to the health sector.


High-Level Event Aims to Address Humanitarian Crisis

Development partners and government officials are expected to discuss improved humanitarian responses at a crucial event in Geneva, Switzerland this week. Co-hosted by the Ethiopian government and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the primary goal is to secure pledges from both development partners and the government, according to officials. Millions face hardship due to conflicts, economic downturns, climate shocks, and disease outbreaks, according to a UN st...


Mastercard Announces Up to $2.5m Grants for Agribusinesses

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the agricultural sector are poised for financial support as the Mastercard Foundation Fund pledges to award grants over the next three years. The Agribusiness Challenge Fund will award grants ranging from half a million dollars to 2.5 million dollars to qualifying businesses in Ethiopia and 19 other countries. According to Smita Sanghrajika, an engagement partner at the Foundation, agribusinesses have lacked the financial resources needed to scale up and...


Document Authentication Service Gets Fee Revamp

The Council of Ministers approved a new regulation for the Federal Document Authentication & Registration Service last week which introduces a two-tier fee structure for citizens and foreigners, with an overall increase. Beginning at 100 Br for citizens seeking document authentication for an assigning agency of single documents, the ceiling goes up to 500 Br while foreigners pay double these rates. Implementation of the new fees began this week. These changes come alongside a digitisat...