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Experts meet to review the Beijing Platform on status of women

A high level conference has kicked off in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to discuss the consolidated regional report for endorsement in view of the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The conference which will carry out a global review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action 20 years after its adoption Rwanda's Minister of Gender and Family Planning, Oda Gasinzigwa is expected to attend the meeting and review the progress of Rwanda on women empowerment especially in agriculture and gender equality.


Topix.net | 20-Nov-2014 12:07

Ethiopia: The 2nd Ethio-French Business Forum Opens in Paris

Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Ethiopia's Minister of Communication and Information Technology with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister to coordinate the Economy and Finance Cluster, and Mr. Matthias Fekl, French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, opened the second Ethio-French Business Forum in Paris on Monday . The Forum aims to expedite economic cooperation as well as an opportunity for the business persons of the two countries to network.


Topix.net | 20-Nov-2014 03:40

ZTE could lose Ethiopian network upgrade contract over cost dispute

Corp is reportedly at risk of losing part of a deal worth USD800 million to expand state-owned Ethio Telecom's network as result of a dispute over the costs of upgrading existing systems, according to Reuters. Ethiopia's Communications and Technology Minister Debretsion Gebremichael was cited as saying of the matter: 'We have contractual issues unresolved a Swapping existing technology with no additional costs is one.'


Topix.net | 19-Nov-2014 23:19

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Delegation Visits Somaliland Administration

Ethiopia and Somaliland Administration have signed a trade and infrastructure agreement. Ethiopia's Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Sufian Ahmed who signed this agreement stated that the agreement will enhance the economy Somaliland Administration and Ethiopia and that the appointed technical committee will make sure the accomplishment and the realization of the provisions of the signed agreement.


Topix.net | 19-Nov-2014 23:19

Ethiopia: Dr Tedros Holds Discussions With Confederation of Danish Industry Representatives

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros met with Sara Ballan from the Confederation of Danish Industry, Charlotte Srensen of Arla Food Ingredients Company, and Charlotte Pedersen from GAIN, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, in Copenhagen on Monday . The Minister described the priority areas for investment in Ethiopia and said there were abundant investment, market, trade and tourism opportunities available.


Topix.net | 19-Nov-2014 23:19

ZTE could lose Ethiopian network upgrade contract over cost dispute

Corp is reportedly at risk of losing part of a deal worth USD800 million to expand state-owned Ethio Telecom's network as result of a dispute over the costs of upgrading existing systems, according to Reuters. Ethiopia's Communications and Technology Minister Debretsion Gebremichael was cited as saying of the matter: 'We have contractual issues unresolved a Swapping existing technology with no additional costs is one.'


Topix.net | 19-Nov-2014 20:41

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Delegation Visits Somaliland Administration

Ethiopia and Somaliland Administration have signed a trade and infrastructure agreement. Ethiopia's Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Sufian Ahmed who signed this agreement stated that the agreement will enhance the economy Somaliland Administration and Ethiopia and that the appointed technical committee will make sure the accomplishment and the realization of the provisions of the signed agreement.


Topix.net | 19-Nov-2014 20:41

Ethiopia: Dr Tedros Holds Discussions With Confederation of Danish Industry Representatives

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros met with Sara Ballan from the Confederation of Danish Industry, Charlotte Srensen of Arla Food Ingredients Company, and Charlotte Pedersen from GAIN, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, in Copenhagen on Monday . The Minister described the priority areas for investment in Ethiopia and said there were abundant investment, market, trade and tourism opportunities available.


Topix.net | 19-Nov-2014 20:41

Effective modalities to improve pregnant women’s compliance to daily iron supplementation

Prenatal Iron Supplementation (PIS) has a paramount contribution for reducing maternal mortality. The coverage and compliance in Ethiopia is 17.3 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively. The aim of this study is to determine the coverage of and adherence to prenatal IFS (Iron Folic acid Supplementation) and to identify factors affecting utilization of the service.

The formative research was conducted in eight selected woredas/districts, namely Alamata, Enderta, Menze Mama, Menze Gera, Ada Berga, Meta Robi, Sankura and Meskan. The study applies descriptive cross-sectional design with quantitative and qualitative elements targeted at determining the coverage and adherence of IFS and identifying factors affecting utilization of IFS.

The study finds that among women who gave birth in the preceding year, 40.1 per cent took iron tablets during the pregnancy. The coverage exceeded 50 per cent in Sankura, Enderta and Alamata Woredas; whereas, only one-in-three and one-in-ten women were supplemented in Menze Gera and Menze Mama woredas respectively. However, only 3.6 per cent of them took the supplement for the recommended 90 or more days.

The coverage among women who gave birth in the preceding year and among women who were pregnant at the time of the survey is 40.1 per cent and 38.5 per cent, respectively. Lack of adequate stock and poor logistic system, lack of training for frontline health workers on ANC, lack of BCC and job aid materials, fear of side effects, fear of taking medication during pregnancy, lack of awareness on the benefits of the supplement contributes to the low coverage and adherence to PIS.

[Summary adapted from author]


eldis.org | 18-Nov-2014 16:06

Assessment of status of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practice, policy and programs: achievements and gaps in Ethiopia

Breastfeeding is universal in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey indicates that only 52 per cent of children under six months are exclusively breastfed despite the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for up to the first six months of life.

The objective of this study is to find achievements and gaps in the existing policy, program and practices in reference to Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) in Ethiopia and to build a consensus among all partners on the way forward to improve the existing IYCF practice.

Review of secondary data, including different national publications, guidelines and reports, is made and assessed based on the 15 indicators modified by International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) in order to identify the current situations in the country in reference to the infant and young child feeding policy, program and practices.

In this assessment gaps are identified and recommendations are also forwarded. The main gaps identified are absence of National Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, inadequate maternity leave conditions to exclusively breastfeed for six months, and lack of knowledge and experience by mothers about optimal complementary feeding practices.

Limitations in the pre-service nutrition education curriculum for health care providers, inadequate skills and competencies by care providers to provide effective IYCF counselling support to mothers/caretakers and lack of awareness of the mother on the risk of bottle feeding are other gaps identified in the assessment.

Despite all the gaps identified in this assessment, Ethiopia is still on good track with 92 out of 150 scores in overall achievements with blue coloring status. This calls for the attention of policy makers to support and promote optimal breastfeeding in the country through bridging the gap between the gaps identified in this assessment and the WHO infant and young child feeding recommendations.

 

[Summary adapted from author]


eldis.org | 18-Nov-2014 14:59

Ethiopia: Black Lion Hospital to Undergo Major Upgrade

The state-owned Chinese corporation vows to cement deals with officials here to undertake a major expansion and renovation of the largest and long-serving referral hospital in the country. China Machineries and Engineering Corporation , which currently seeks to undertake the expansion of Black Lion Hospital is negotiating to avail finances for other giant projects in the country.


Topix.net | 17-Nov-2014 18:11

Plotting progress: integrated planning in the rangelands of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda

Planning for development in rangelands, including land use planning, holds particular challenges and can impose unusual constraints on routine activities. Rangeland planners must address a number of challenges: the sheer size of administrative units with sparsely distributed populations and variable, patchy resources; the independent nature of pastoral and huntergatherer cultures; high levels of environmental variability; and the complexities of managing semi-natural ecosystems. Planners must also confront the additional challenge of managing the interface between high- and low-potential areas that are functionally interdependent. On a temporal basis too, the seasonal and flexible dynamics of pastoral systems rarely fit with the more constrained and rigid administrative, government yearly cycles of planning or finances.In response to these issues and challenges, this paper draws together and reviews current and recent experience in planning processes in the rangelands of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. Key lessons are drawn out from two types of intervention – those led by government and those led by NGOs. These form the basis of a set of recommendations for different actors.

[Taken from Author]


eldis.org | 17-Nov-2014 15:53

Ethiopia: Chinese Consortium to Operate LRT

A consortium of China Railway Engineering Corporation , a Chinese contractor currently building the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit system, and Shenzen Metro Group, operators of the railway system of the Chinese city Shenzen, has been selected by the Ethiopian Railways Corporation Head of public relations at ERC, Dereje Tefera, told The Reporter that the new consortium has won the limited international bid that the corporation floated to hire an experienced rail operator for the flagship LRT project which is currently under construction in Addis Ababa. In return, ERC will pay the consortium USD 116 million for these services over the next five years, according to Dereje.


Topix.net | 17-Nov-2014 13:15

Ethiopia: Sesame Exporters Warned of Price Speculations

The price of sesame dropped to USD 500 from 1,200 per ton in one month. Following the turn of events, exporters have been hesitant to supply, preferring to wait for the price to improve.


Topix.net | 17-Nov-2014 09:02

New career for Ethiopian women making purses

Loving Shepard Ministries brought six different styles of purses to Emmanuel Community Church to raise awareness about prostitution in Ethiopia on November 15, 2014. FORT WAYNE, Ind.


Topix.net | 15-Nov-2014 19:37

Ethiopian Cities realize multifaceted developments: President Mulatu...

Addressing the participants at the launching of the 6th Ethiopian Cities Forum undergoing in Dire Dawa, the president said the cities are now transforming to centers of services, trade and industries. "The policies and starategies Ethiopia has been implementing have contributed to this alerounded development," The president added.


Topix.net | 15-Nov-2014 11:09

'Rosewater' Subject Details The 'Worst Kind Psychological Torture' One Can Face In Jail

Few will likely ever comprehend the horrors of the Iranian prison system. For journalist Maziar Bahari, this was his reality for 118 days.


Topix.net | 15-Nov-2014 03:59

Ethiopia, Japan strengthen strategic relationship: Deputy Head of Mission

Addis Ababa, 31 October, 2014 - The existing relations between Japan and Ethiopia are strategic in nature and based on a win-win approach, Japanese Deputy Head of mission said. Kenji Yokota Minister councilor, Deputy Head of Mission in his exclusive interview with WIC recently, said that both countries have been enjoying fruitful and robust ties in all aspects.


Topix.net | 14-Nov-2014 23:38

Oxford University wants to study Ethiopians election time propaganda and online debates, but why?

It strikes me how hard it is at times to differentiate coincidences from intentional acts. Though the dilemma, I think, would be close to resolution once that act is repeated.


Topix.net | 14-Nov-2014 19:33

Ethiopia Scaling up Nile Cooperation, Diplomacy

Employing his unparalleled prowess of poetry that evokes deep imaginative power, Poet and Play-Wright Laureate, Tsegaye G/Medhin has painted unfathomable and riveting picture of Abay with his mighty poem. One of his master piece ''Esat Woi Abeba'' is among his collection of poems that devote some verses to indicate the grandeur of Abay.


Topix.net | 14-Nov-2014 15:16

Chinese Petroleum Firm Opened Office in Ethiopia - Friday, 14 November 2014 08:02

Addis Ababa, 14 November 2014 - Poly GCL Petroleum Investment Limited, a Chinese firm, opened office in the capital of Ethiopia on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The office was inaugurated by delegates from the Chinese Embassy and Ethiopian State Minister for Mines, Alemu Simye.


Topix.net | 14-Nov-2014 10:57

Ethiopian Named AFRAA's Airline of the Year - Friday, 14 November 2014 08:07

Addis Ababa, 14 November 2014 - The African Airlines Association yesterday concluded its 46th Annual General Assembly and summit in Algiers, Algeria with a call for States, airlines, service companies, airports, opinion leaders and indeed all the stakeholders to embrace the opening of African skies and the development of intra-African connectivity. To facilitate this, all stakeholders were urged to play their part towards the single African aviation market before it is too late.


Topix.net | 14-Nov-2014 10:56

In Ethiopia's Capital, A Resurgent Jazz Scene

IN ETHIOPIA'S CAPITAL, A RESURGENT JAZZ SCENE The New York Times Nov 13 2014 NOV. 13, 2014 On a recent Sunday evening, a stylish audience in their 20s packed Mama's Kitchen, a wood-and-glass lounge on the fourth floor of an otherwise closed shopping center near the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital.


Topix.net | 14-Nov-2014 08:50

Destino Workshops bring talent to Wales

Destino Dance Company was founded by Junaid Jemal Sendi and Addisu Demissie in February 2014. When Junaid and Addisu were 11 years old, they were working on the streets of Addis Ababa when they were selected to participate in an extensive five-year dance training programme by Dance United London and the Ethiopian Gemini Trust.


Topix.net | 14-Nov-2014 04:38

Ethiopia is the biggest UN peacekeeping troop contributor nation in the world

Ethiopia's peacekeeping history under the United Nations flag is very long. As the founder member of the United Nations Ethiopia has been contributing troops to UN peace keeping missions around the world for decades.


Topix.net | 14-Nov-2014 00:13

Ethiopian Diasporas undertakes fund raising program to support the GRD

Addis Ababa, 13 November2014 - Ethiopian Diaspora residing around Windezer, Canada has undertaken successful bond selling and fund raising program to support the construction of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam. Ethiopian Diasporas residing in Widezer, London Ontario, Detuite and Toronto have participated Fund Raising Program colorful program.


Topix.net | 13-Nov-2014 23:10

Ethiopian to Start Flying to Doha - Thursday, 13 November 2014 06:42

Ethiopian Airlines disclosed that it will start flying to Doha, Qatar, three times a week as of December 2, 2014. With the new flight, travelers to and from Doha will enjoy convenient and seamless connectivity options with minimum layover in Addis Ababa due to Ethiopian extensive network in Africa covering 49 destinations, according to a press release of the airline.


Topix.net | 13-Nov-2014 23:10

Around the World in Maplewood and South Orange

Maplewood & South Orange have a global uniqueness that is much like a round-the-world trip, thankfully without the cost of the airfares! So let's explore the international charm of Maplewood & South Orange, from an Irish pub for a pint of Guinness to Ethiopian cuisine. Visit one town for lunch and one for dinner! Enjoy the adventure! Maplewood and South Orange's incredible selection of independent restaurants is a big part of the vibe.


Topix.net | 13-Nov-2014 23:10

Ethiopia’s regional diplomacies: a dominant interpretation of the Horn of Africa

Ethiopia’s recent promising economic performance offers hope for its people, and the country is increasingly attracting aid, trade and investment. It recently added a new area of focus on regional integration in IGAD through internal infrastructure development, and the export of hydroelectric power and water concessions to neighbouring countries This approach may constitute a major improvement in addressing the shortcomings of Ethiopia’s regional diplomatic practices, regardless of its current policy orientation.

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia shares borders with the eastern African countries Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. A founding member of the UN, the African Union (AU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Ethiopia pursues its regional interests multilaterally through these organisations, albeit mainly through a dominant role in IGAD.

This briefing recommends:

  • the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to address the mismatch between its policy focus on the IGAD region, and the human and material resources apportioned through commensurate allocation of resources corresponding to the prominence FANSPS confers on the region
  • for Ethiopia to seize economic and trade opportunities in its immediate neighbourhood, the rationale for the allocation of resources (ie, diplomats and financial resources) to missions in neighbouring countries needs to be reconsidered so that it aligns with the primacy of economic diplomacy as clearly accentuated in the FANSPS
  • for Ethiopia to become a hub for regional integration in the IGAD region a shift of focus to economic and trade diplomacy in the region is required, as is the case with other regions, without undermining the importance of its role in regional peace and security
  • the FANSPS should move away from a disproportionately inwardlooking orientation when it comes to economic and trade opportunities, access to the sea and port services, and reconsider external threats emerging to Ethiopia’s peace and development from Eritrea, Somalia and potentially other neighbouring countries, and Egypt

eldis.org | 13-Nov-2014 12:33

Demand for and supply of evaluations in selected sub-Saharan African countries

This study argues that the political economy of a country conditions the opportunities for evaluation to be used in policy processes. Consequently, evaluation capacity development practices need to be undertaken in a manner that works towards development with the prevailing political economy. Political economy issues become less evident as analysis moves from the policy space towards technical delivery, but still impacts upon the way evaluation processes unfold.

This argument has been developed through synthesising findings from the case studies in five African countries; namely, Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia. These studies mapped evaluation demand and supply with consideration for the political economy. In undertaking the mapping, this study found that there is potential rather than actual technical capacity to manage, undertake and demand evaluations. This is a major constraint on the use of evaluation. High-quality evaluations are more often commissioned and managed by development partners than government, which means that they are less likely to be used in policy. There are, however, some notable examples development partner led evaluations being used. In some cases universities, think tanks and civil society actors in the country have some good technical capacity and can navigate the political context in a manner that promotes development rather than self-interest. Such technically good and politically savvy evaluation actors offer entry points to evaluation capacity development efforts.


eldis.org | 12-Nov-2014 15:30

Dublin Airport one of the fastest-growing in Europe

Dublin Airport could top 21.5 million passengers in 2014, with figures suggesting it is growing "much faster" than the European average. A growth rate of 7pc in the first 10 months of the year means the airport has already added 1.2 million extra passengers for 2014... with November and the busy December and Christmas periods still to factor.


Topix.net | 10-Nov-2014 16:57

Ethiopia to grant scholarship, technical aid to S Sudan - Monday, 10 November 2014 10:36

Addis Ababa, 10 November 2014 - The Ethiopian government is set to extend its bilateral relations with the recently born East African nation with an offer of free scholarships for senior South Sudanese officials and technical support to assist the neighboring country's education sector. On Tuesday a draft law that will enable Ethiopia to provide support for South Sudan's education sector was tabled before the House of Peoples' Representatives .


Topix.net | 10-Nov-2014 12:38

The day Ethiopian protestors shut a busy street in Brussels

I had the privilege to watch, with tears choking my eyes, the stunning demonstration, in front of the EU Headquarters, by heroic Ethiopians that shut a busy street in Brussels. Ethiopians converging in a display of colorful unity from all over Europe and probably beyond made history by their unique act of patriotism.


Topix.net | 10-Nov-2014 12:38

Ethiopia: UDJ Says Govt Pressure Is Mounting

The Unity for Democracy and Justice Party criticized the government for the harassment of its members and leaders of the party in various parts of the country and said that the pressures from the government are mounting like never before and it is mainly done deliberately to weaken the party and control the political space and the upcoming national election. This was expressed in a press conference given by Asrat Abreham head of public relations and Zekaryas Yemanebirhan head of party affairs.


Topix.net | 10-Nov-2014 08:32

Ethiopia: Giant State-Owned Edible Oil Factory Privatized

The largest state-owned edible oil factory was sold to Ethio-Asian Industries PLC, a subsidiary of East African Holding SC for 50 million birr. A few days ago, the Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervising Agency struck a deal to transfer the factory to the Ethio-Asian Company.


Topix.net | 10-Nov-2014 08:32

African business leaders set up Ebola fund at meeting in Addis Ababa

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Topix.net | 09-Nov-2014 04:23

Capt Thomas Sankara, a revolutionary like no other

Revolutionary. As president, Thomas Sankara wore only made-in-Burkina-Faso cotton sewn clothes and lived in a small brick house.


Topix.net | 09-Nov-2014 02:24

Ethiopia-Kenya highway link road to be completed next year - Saturday, 08 November 2014 21:41

The tarmacking of the main road linking Kenya with Ethiopia is expected to be completed by end of next year, Kenyan official said. Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani said the 505-kilometre Isiolo-Marsabit-Moyale road was 60 per cent complete and that work was continuing well.


Topix.net | 09-Nov-2014 00:19

Did the Italian invasion of 1935 made the treaties of Italy and Emperor Menlik null and void?

It has been about 24 years since Eritrea become an independent country. There is huge lingering disagreement among Ethiopians how the Eritrean referendum was conducted.


Topix.net | 08-Nov-2014 21:24

General Theological Seminary Resolves Faculty Dispute... Sort Of

The future of the Episcopal Church's flagship General Theological Seminary remains unclear, even as trustees agreed this week to reinstate most of the faculty who were terminated. The board of the embattled New York seminary will keep seven of the eight faculty who quit teaching classes and were subsequently terminated, according to Jonathan Roffe, a lawyer representing the faculty.


Topix.net | 08-Nov-2014 16:10

Mediator says South Sudan rivals agree to end war

Sudanese Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces personnel ride on a tank after recapturing the Daldako area, outside the military headquarters in Kadogli May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah ADDIS ABABA, Nov 8 - South Sudan's warring parties committed to stop fighting and bring their months-long conflict to an end without conditions, the chief mediator for regional African group IGAD said on Saturday after two days of talks in the Ethiopian capital.


Topix.net | 08-Nov-2014 13:00

Strengthening Int'l Trade Ties Crucial to Boost Ca...

Addis Ababa 8 November 2014 - Strengthening international trade ties is crucial to reducing imported goods to Ethiopia and to boosting the capacity of local manufacturers, according to Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Finance and Economic Cluster Coordinator with the Rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Communication and Information Technology. While opening the 7th Ethio-Chamber International Trade Fair organized by the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations here yesterday, Dr. Debretsion said import substitution plays a pivotal role in sustaining the continuous growth of the country.


Topix.net | 08-Nov-2014 08:56

3rd International Coffee Conference kicks off in Addis - Friday, 07 November 2014 07:13

Addis Ababa, 7 November 2014 - The 3rd International Ethiopian Coffee Conference organized by the Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association kicked off in Addis Ababa yesterday. Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, United States Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission to Ethiopia Mr. PeterVrooman, International Coffee Organization Executive Director RobA©rio Oliveira Silva, and the Specialty Coffee Association of America CEO RicRhinehart opened yesterday's third international coffee conference, "Towards Quality and Traceability" with over 300 Ethiopian and international registered participants.


Topix.net | 07-Nov-2014 16:57

Ethiopia: Defendants in Ethiopia Zone 9 Case See 11th Court Delay

An Ethiopian court this week delayed proceedings for an 11th time against six bloggers and three independent journalists, who were arrested in April in connection with their activities as part of the Zone 9 collective. The court at a hearing on Tuesday adjourned the case until Nov. 12, 2014.


Topix.net | 07-Nov-2014 12:48

The time has come for democratic Africa

Democracy functions best when adapted to each specific context and Africa urgently needs to act on this. Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.


Topix.net | 07-Nov-2014 08:37

South Sudan rivals told to come to their senses

ADDIS ABABA: East African leaders warned South Sudan's warring rivals yesterday they must "come to their senses" to end almost 11 months of bloodshed amid renewed threats of international sanctions. "There appears to be little appetite for peace, while the people of South Sudan continue bearing the full brunt of conflict," Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalgen said at a summit of regional leaders pushing for a peace deal.


Topix.net | 07-Nov-2014 03:19

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