USAID Launches Land Governance Project

Nov 16 , 2019

USAID and the Ministry of Urban Development & Construction launched a land governance project to be implemented over the next five years. The project will cost 11 million dollars. The new project will support policy, management and administration to improve land tenure and rights for farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia. It is aimed at addressing emerging land-related challenges, including rapid urbanisation and degradation of soil and arable land. Sean Jones, USAID mission director, Tazer Gebregziabiher, state minister of Urban Development & Construction, and Tigistu Gebremeskel, director of land administration and use at the Ministry of Agriculture, were present at the launching event of the project. “Improving the planning, policy and land management is critical to helping Ethiopian farmers and families reap the fruits of their labour more fully and have better opportunities for themselves and their children to fulfill the bright future they deserve,” said Sean.


Premier Pushes Domestic Drug Production

A six-day domestic pharmaceutical production and innovation expo was inaugurated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) last week. More than 110 local pharmaceutical manufacturers participated at the Millennium Hall on Airport Road. Recently appointed Minister of Health Meqdes Daba (MD), said local production of pharmaceuticals has become a cornerstone of health policy, which received approval from the Council of Ministers a month ago. However, a report from the Global Fund For Health last year r...


AFDB Lauds $8m for Solar Mini-Grid

Around half a million people foresee benefits from the pilot mini-grid built across nine sites in Amhara, Oromia, Sidama, and the Southern regional states. African Development Bank Group has approved eight million dollars in finance to support the project under the Distributed Renewable Energy & Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) program. The DREAM project, with a total budget of 20 million dollars through concessional loans, grants, and risk mitigation, will cover half of the mini-grid capital...


Parliament Approves $275m Loan for Urban Project

A  275 million dollar loan agreement was approved by Parliament last week, to support the second phase of the Urban Water Supply & Sanitation Project. Set to be implemented over the next three years, the project follows negotiations between Ethiopia and the International Development Association (IDA). The Chief Whip Tesfaye Beljige (PhD), presented details of the loan agreement to lawmakers and said that the project focuses on enhancing the supply of clean drinking water and improving sa...