Ethiopia, 30 years after the famine

By David Smith in Addis Ababa Three decades after images that shocked the world, country has become darling of the global development community - and the scourge of the human rights lobby With an Einsteinian shock of hair and a wise man's beard, Mulugeta Tesfakiros, just off a flight from Washington, settled into an office of glass walls and vibrant artworks in Addis Ababa. The millionaire magnate, who has gone into the local wine business with Bob Geldof, mused on the new Ethiopia: "Most of the people need first security, second food a and democracy after that." | 24-Oct-2014 22:12

Ethiopia touts ancient churches, dramatic landscape in tourism drive

When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of ancient churches and castles: surely no such things existed in the heart of Africa. Fast forward to 2014 and Solomon Tadesse sometimes feels he faces similar preconceptions as he seeks to attract tourists three decades after images of famine and communist purges filled TV screens and shaped the world's view for a generation. | 24-Oct-2014 14:12

Tanzania: NHC Chief Salutes Ethiopian Firm

ETHIOPIAN construction company, Flintstone Engineering, which won an over 5.9bn/- tender to construct residential apartments at Shangani in Mtwara Region earlier this year, is doing a good job on the ground. National Housing Corporation Director General, Mr Nehemia Mchechu, said the company won an international competitive tender and is so far progressing well with construction work which is due to be completed in 36 months time. | 24-Oct-2014 10:19

Ethiopia: USAID Livestock Program Helps Empower Ethiopian Women

As part of the U.S. government's Feed the Future initiative, the U.S. Agency for International Development Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development project seeks to improve nutrition and boost incomes through training and investments in commodities like dairy, meat, and live animals. As part of the U.S. government's Feed the Future initiative, the U.S. Agency for International Development Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development project seeks to improve nutrition and boost incomes through training and investments in commodities like dairy, meat, and live animals. | 24-Oct-2014 06:35

Ethiopia - 30 years on

BBC's Mike Wooldridge revisits the road where 30 years ago, desperate people walked miles from remote villages hoping to find food and medical help for their relatives. "Dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plains outside Korem, it lights up a biblical famine now, in the 20th century." | 23-Oct-2014 22:46

Climate finance in Ethiopia

This study highlights challenges for Ethiopia to finance its response to climate change.

The national Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy has called for annual spending of USD 7.5 billion to respond to climate change. With national budgetary resources for climate change-relevant actions estimated to be in the order of USD 440 million per year, and international sources adding several tens of USD million per year, there appears to be a major financing gap. Therefore, this report argues, if the strategy is to be delivered, much more needs to be done to mobilise additional resources both domestically and externally. The study focuses on public funding allocated within the federal budget, as such spending is most closely aligned with national policy setting and institutional arrangements. A four year period was reviewed, between 2008/2009 and 2011/12. | 23-Oct-2014 15:29

A judgment day for Ethiopian Jewry

An immigrant from Ethiopia holds an Israeli flag as she carries her child upon her arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport in January 2011.. Minister Sa'ar, I beg you to help us," beseeched Maayan Semalin, an Israeli Ethiopian Jew whose sister still lives in the Jewish community of Gondar. | 23-Oct-2014 14:44

Diaspora celebrate SEPDM Anniversary, Ethiopian Flag Day - Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:05

Addis Ababa, 23 October 2014 - Ethiopians and foreigners of Ethiopian origin living in different countries have reportedly celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the Southern Ethiopia Peoples' Democratic Movement and the 7th National Flag Day. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopians and foreigners of Ethiopian origin living in Doha, Frankfurt and Abu Dhabi celebrated the anniversary and the Flag Day. | 23-Oct-2014 10:49

Breast Cancer Awareness Day to be Observed - Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:24

Breast Cancer Awareness Day would be observed on Sunday, October 26, 2014 across the country with programs that help increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of the disease. The programs will be carried out in Oromia, Amhara, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples , and Tigray regional states as well as Addis Ababa, it was indicated. | 23-Oct-2014 06:51

Eritrea: Eritrea's Narrative of 'Triumph, Betrayal and Hope'

Eritrea is at peace, yet its people are flooding across its borders. As many are being caught reaching the shores of Europe as come from Syria, escaping from that nation's civil war. | 22-Oct-2014 20:20

Doctor who helped tell world of Ethiopian famine calls for action on Ebola

It was television news that changed the world, forced wealthy Western audiences in their living rooms to confront pitiful, starving African children and drove Irish rocker Bob Geldof on a quest to end poverty. But 30 years later to the day, the Melbourne doctor whose work helped broadcast those harrowing images of Ethiopia's "hell on earth" famine has warned Australia must do more to support Africa's fight against Ebola. | 22-Oct-2014 16:23

Analysis and mapping of climate change risk and vulnerability in Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

This journal article argues that there is growing demand for spatially explicit information among stakeholders across public and private institutions regarding vulnerability to climate change at the local scale. This study was conducted over 16 districts in Central Rift Valley (CRV) of Ethiopia, to determine the degree of climate risk and the relative vulnerability of the districts, to climate change and, thereby identify vulnerable hotspots. The results are taken to show that vulnerability mapping is crucial in determining the varying degrees of vulnerability of different localities, and generating information that can help researchers, policy makers, private and public institutions in formulating site-specific adaptation strategies and prioritising adaptation investments to the most vulnerable hotspots. | 22-Oct-2014 15:16

New Kazakh ambassadors appointed to Ethiopia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 22 By Elena Kosolapova - Trend: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed new Ambassadors to Ethiopia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kazakh presidency said Oct. 21. Yerlik Ali was appointed to the post of Kazakh Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Meanwhile Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in the Republic of Croatia Aslan Musin was appointed to the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Montenegro at the same time. | 22-Oct-2014 12:42

Rub out Mbabazi, Uganda, and you get VP Mujuru and Zimbabwe in another African succession war

Mujuru is also vice president of the ruling ZANU-PF. She was in the bush, rising to junior commander of Mugabe's ZANLA rebel forces, so you can say she fought for her place at the table It is not only in Uganda where we are having succession battles in Africa. | 22-Oct-2014 01:22

Authority to upgrade 6 gravel roads to asphalt - Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:56

Activities are underway to upgrade a total of 600-km gravel roads to asphalt at a cost of 9.5 billion birr, the Ethiopian Roads Authority said. Communications Directorate Team Leader at ERA, Dereje Hailu, told WIC that the six roads to be upgrade to asphalt level are located in SNNP and Oromia Regional States as well as Dire Dawa City Administration. | 21-Oct-2014 21:31

German textile machinery manufacturers visit Ethiopia - Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:05

Addis Ababa, 21 October 2014 A - The German textile machinery and accessories manufacturers visited Ethiopian textile manufacturers from October 13 to October 17. The seventy companies from Germany came to an event organized by SBS Systems for Business Solutions and Agathon Consulting. The event was initiated by the VDMA German Engineering Federation, which is a Textile Machinery Association. | 21-Oct-2014 17:38

Ethiopia's economic diplomacy bearing fruit - Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:34

Ethiopia has given top priority to the kernel of the entire diplomacy; economic diplomacy, as the nation has one formidable enemy; poverty or backwardness. To effectively combat and eradicate poverty and backwardness, one has to pursue economic diplomacy which would enable it to attract more investment, trade, tourism among others, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted. | 21-Oct-2014 13:52

Ethiopia Moves in Right Direction with Climate Change Response But Challenges Remain

Ethiopia has an estimated 70 million smallholder farmers, many of whom only grow sufficient amounts of crops like grain and coffee to support their families like those in Lalibela, Amhara Region. Climate change will inevitably have an impact on people's lives. | 21-Oct-2014 13:52

Ethiopia, a great new frontier i...

Ethiopia is not often associated with tourism, but as Fionn Davenport heard today during The Irish Times travel podcast, that might be changing. Ethiopia is easy to get to, with direct flights from London and Frankfurt. | 21-Oct-2014 10:09

Kenyan military kill five militants, seize TNT explosives

Kenyan soldiers have killed five suspected al Shabaab militants near the border with Ethiopia and recovered a vehicle packed with explosives, preventing a potentially huge attack, a defence spokesman said on Monday. Kenyan forces intercepted the five men in their car on Saturday in the northern frontier town of Moyale, and ordered them to stop, spokesman Bongita Ongeri said. | 21-Oct-2014 02:38

Ethio-Somalia relations growing beyond peace, security cooperation:...

Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia, Wondimu Asmamaw, said the relation between Somalia and Ethiopia is not only limited to regional peace and security, but also includes education, transport, trade and investment cooperation. "The relations between the two countries are deepening and going beyond the regional peace and security cooperation which we usually focus on," he said in an exclusive interview with WIC. | 20-Oct-2014 22:36

Ethiopia: Ethiopian, ANA Launch Codeshare Agreement

From October 26, 2014, ANA passengers will be able to book connecting flights on Ethiopian Airlines between Addis Ababa and Bangkok, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Nairobi and Mombasa through ANA. Ethiopian CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: 'Our code share partnership will give our customers traveling between Africa and Japan the best possible connectivity options with one ticket and one single check-in at first boarding airport. | 20-Oct-2014 14:50

Hailemariam: Ethiopia will register double digit growth

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that the country will attain the 11.4 percent economic growth it has planned for this fiscal year. He said this while the House of People's Representative discussed President Mulatu Teshome's motion for the speech. | 20-Oct-2014 11:08

Ethiopia selects int'l banks for its Euro Bond

Ethiopia is said to come to an agreement with three international financial institutions; the US based JP Morgan, the French BNP Paribas and the German Deutsche Bank for the sale of bonds. Sources told Capital that other financial firms like Barclays Bank and US Exim Bank are also tipped to sale the bonds issued by the government. | 20-Oct-2014 11:08

Egypt: Crisscrossing

Though Ethiopia has repeatedly asserted that GERD has no significant harm on Sudan and Egypt, they were skeptic and nervous about the potential impact the project. As Ethiopia's assertion of "no significant harm" did not quiet down their apprehension, Ethiopia proposed the establishment of international panel of experts that would assess the impact of the dam on the lower riparian countries. | 20-Oct-2014 07:43

Religious Extremism on Both Side of the Fence

There have been many things said about faith and religion. In my view faith or religion is an individual and personal intrinsic wealth, and not a merchandise or commodity that's meant to be merchandised or manipulated for personal gain. | 20-Oct-2014 04:11

Kenya: Army Kill Gunmen, Seize Explosives

A four-wheel drive vehicle was intercepted at the Kenya-Ethiopia boarder as it tried to cross into Kenya laden with explosives on Saturday. Kenya Defence Forces under AMISOM together with Somali National Army intercepted the vehicle with Kenyan registration plates as it attempted to cross the border into Kenya at Dolo-Ethiopia through Moyale. | 19-Oct-2014 21:15

Ethiopia: Govt On Alert Against Al shabaab Attacks

Ambassador Taye Atsle Selassie from that ministry told that to international diplomats in Addis Ababa yesterday. This followed after the US Embassy in Addis Ababa said it has credible information that Alshabaab are planning to carry out attacks at Boole area in Addis Ababa where there are many hotels, other business premises and bars frequented by foreigners. | 19-Oct-2014 10:59

Executive Committee discuss 2nd GTP designing package - Saturday, 18 October 2014 17:57

Addis Ababa, 18 October 2014 - Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front Executive Committee have discussed on the designing package of Second Five Years' Growth and Transformation Plan of the country. In a meeting it held today, the EPRDF Executive Committee said that the 2nd GTP will play a major role in strengthening the efforts exerted to develop a middle income economy via speeding up its renaissance. | 18-Oct-2014 21:18

Egypt: Ethiopian Water Minister Hails Egypt Decision to Resume Dam Talks

Ethiopian Water and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu hailed Egypt's decision to resume the three-way dialogue with Sudan and Ethiopia on the Renaissance Dam last August. He also applauded the positive atmosphere which prevailed in the two meetings, which were held in Khartoum in August and Addis Ababa in September. | 17-Oct-2014 22:54

Ethiopia: Fast-Growing Capital Aims to Become Greener and Cleaner

Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, has a name that means "new flower". But for the 4 million plus people living there, it's more likely to conjure up images of worsening pollution and traffic gridlock. | 17-Oct-2014 07:12

Wyndham Hotel Group grows African portfolio with first hotel in Ethiopia.

Wyndham Hotel Group announced the signing of a management agreement for the Hotel Group's first property in Ethiopia, the 136-room Ramada Addis; Upon opening in the first half of next year, Ramada Addis will offer 128 guest rooms and eight suites, ideally located on a major transport route linking the city centre with Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The addition of Ramada Addis expands Wyndham Hotel Group into its seventh market on the African continent and follows an announcement just last week that the company plans to introduce its flagship Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand to Kenya. | 17-Oct-2014 03:21

Ethiopian PM defends policies, slams ICC

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday defended his government's policies and accused the International Criminal Court of "intimidating" African leaders. "Proof of this is the economic performance that made Ethiopia one of the fastest growing economies in the world," Desalegn said at a parliamentary session. | 16-Oct-2014 23:24

Ethiopia highlights "developing countries how to make a green economy prosper"

Ethiopia was emerging as an exemplary model to the rest of the world in terms of addressing climate change challenges while making advances on the economic front, Fritz Jung, the representative of bilateral development cooperation at German Embassy to Addis Ababa, told Inter Press Service . He also said that the international community identified Ethiopia as "one of the front-runners of international climate policy, if not the leading African country." | 16-Oct-2014 19:21

Ethiopia Shows Developing World How to Make a Green Economy Prosper

The GIZ, German government-backed international enterprise for sustainable development, Sustainable Land Management programme in northern Ethiopia. The programme includes promoting the use of terracing, crop rotation systems, improvement of pastureland and permanent green cover etc. | 16-Oct-2014 19:21

Flood displaces 8,000 Ethiopian families - Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:12

Some 8,000 families have been displaced by the recent overflowing of Ethiopia's Awash River across the country, the Ministry of Water, Energy and Irrigation said Wednesday. "Households are being moved to higher ground and given temporary shelter," ministry spokesperson Bizuneh Tolcha told Anadolu Agency, asserting that no casualties had been reported thus far. | 16-Oct-2014 15:21

Ethiopia: 2nd Meeting of TNC to Happen in Cairo

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan will hold the second meeting of the Tripartite National Committee on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Thursday in Cairo. Transboundary Rivers Affairs Director with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy and member of the TNC, Engineer Teshome Atnafe told ENA that the meeting is expected to elect consultants representing the three countries. | 16-Oct-2014 11:26

Ethiopian court adjourns trial for imprisoned Ethiopian bloggers and journalists

Three journalists and six bloggers jailed in Ethiopia since April under allegations of terrorism and related activities faced the 10th delay in their case today, as the trial was adjourned until Nov. 4. The International Press Institute previously reported the journalists and bloggers were arrested in Addis Ababa between April 25 and 26 for allegedly working with foreign human rights groups and using social networking tools to 'incite violence.' IPI condemned the arrests at the time, and has followed developments in the case. | 16-Oct-2014 07:36

Somalia: The Forgotten Enemy- Dammul-Jadiin and Ethiopian NISS collaboration scandal unmasked

Somalia- In the wake of the central government's collapse in 1991, foreign countries took advantage of the political crisis in Somalia and they managed to run a network of spies within Somali politicians. One of those countries that led a naked foreign interference is Somalia's big, bad neighbor of Ethiopia, which has been meddling in Somalia's domestic affairs over the last two decades to fulfill its selfish interests by creating chaos in bid to prevent a strong and effective government to be established in Somalia. | 16-Oct-2014 03:47

Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: The Maekelawi Ceremony

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone. This testimony was written by blogger and human rights advocate Befeqadu Hailu in late August 2014. | 15-Oct-2014 23:50

Ethiopian sheep skin keeping Europeans warm this winter

The leather industry is one of Ethiopia's biggest foreign exchange earners, and Pittards, a U.K.-based leather company, has seen the potential. The company has opened a manufacturing plant in the country, making some of its products from sheep skin, which is unique to Ethiopia. | 15-Oct-2014 19:44

Somali Islamist Plot to Attack Ethiopian Capital: US

Somali Islamist insurgents are plotting to attack an upmarket area of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the US embassy has warned, in a notice to citizens to avoid crowded areas. The exact target is not known but the embassy said the "potential imminent terrorist attack" threatened the busy Bole district, which includes the capital's international airport and several diplomatic missions. | 15-Oct-2014 15:44

Ethiopian Air plans flights from L.A. to Dublin, Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Airlines plans to add service to Los Angeles, opening a route to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa that would have a two-hour stopover in Dublin, Ireland. The carrier would sell tickets not only Ethiopian Air plans flights from L.A. to Dublin, Addis Ababa Ethiopian Airlines plans to add service to Los Angeles, opening a route to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa that would have a two-hour stopover in Dublin, Ireland. | 15-Oct-2014 15:44

U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia warns of attacks by Somali militants

The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia has warned of a possible attack by Somali militant group al Shabaab and urged its nationals to avoid large crowds and hotels and restaurants in an upscale district of the capital Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian authorities said late last year that its security forces were on heightened alert after receiving strong evidence al Shabaab was plotting further attacks after a botched suicide bombing in Addis Ababa. | 15-Oct-2014 15:44

Bole Int'l airport expansion vital: Star Alliance

It's imperative to build a new airport in Addis Ababa but until then the current one should be upgraded without delay, according to Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab. The capacity of the existing airport is saturated and cannot accommodate the rapidly growing venture of Ethiopian Airlines as well as other carriers passing through the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, he said. | 15-Oct-2014 00:22

GERD life to Sudan, says President Al-Bashir - Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:40

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir said the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is useful to all the parties and Sudan has been supporting the construction of the dam. As quoted by Turkish news Agency Anadolu, President Al-Bashir told the Arabic newspaper "The Middle East" that "GERD is useful for all of us. | 14-Oct-2014 20:23

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