World Bank Pledges $200m to Advance Technical, Vocational Training

Jun 4 , 2022

The World Bank Group (WBG) has pledged to support 200 million dollars to advance technical and vocational skills development in Ethiopia. The deal was reached after discussions between officials of the Ministry of Labour & Skills and the World Bank was held last week. The World Bank is building 16 excellence centres in three African nations, including Ethiopia. Seven of these centres will be located in Ethiopia and will target technical and vocational training accessibility and quality. A month ago, a financing agreement worth 300 million dollars was also signed between the Bank and the Finance Ministry for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of conflict-affected areas in the northern and central parts of the country.



A street lamp around Addis Abeba Stadium melds into the concrete backdrop emblematic of the capital's ageing infrastructure. Over the past few years, Ethiopia's electric grid has been subject to destruction and theft, subjecting the public treasury to hundreds of millions in losses. Nearly half of the country's population does not have access to electricity. A series of projects by the World Bank has contributed to the slight but essential upgrade to the nation's grid, including a 500 million do...



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A bustling market emerges under a bridge in the boroughs of the Bole Michael area. Addis Abeba City Administration has launched a series of aesthetic initiatives embalmed in themes of beautification and urbanisation that have removed thousands of shops built with makeshift tents. Above a quarter of Addis Abeba's labour force is engaged in the informal economy, which while often associated with connotations of illegality, remains a sizeable employer in emerging economies across the world. Calibra...