Can The U.S. Become The Top Exporter Of Manufactured Goods?

The U.S. economy is the world's largest economy with an GDP of over $16.0 Trillion. | 01-Sep-2014 22:58

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Electric to Rehabilitate Hydro-Power Stations

A senior official at the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy told The Reporter that the Ethiopian Electric is anticipating the rehabilitation of the Melka Wakena and Koka hydro-power stations. | 01-Sep-2014 19:13

Ethiopia's Millennium Dam: Science and controversy

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, also known as the Millennium Dam, is set to play a pivotal role in the landscape of energy supply in Africa. | 01-Sep-2014 15:29

SPLM-N says AU mediation did not call for new round of negotiations with Khartoum

The Sudan people's Liberation Movement North dismissed statements by a Sudanese official saying the rebel group had declined an invitation to resume peace talks to end the Two Areas conflict. | 01-Sep-2014 11:46

Ethiopia: Indian Company to Build Textile Industry in Mekele

An Indian Company, Velocity Apparel, has received 100 hectares of land in Mekele to build a modern textile industry with a starting capital of USD 150 million. | 01-Sep-2014 08:05

IGAD is Failing in South Sudan Mediation: Rebel Spokesperson

THE chief mediator mediating the peace talks between the two warring parties in South Sudan under the auspices of the African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development , has insisted that SPLM-In-Opposition led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, did in fact sign the matrix on ceasefire agreement despite dismissal by the ... (more) | 01-Sep-2014 00:50

Ethiopian aliya is not over

Although some have declared the Ethiopian Aliya over, it is clear that it is not complete. | 31-Aug-2014 21:15

Knowledge on policies, strategies vital to discharge responsibility,' say students

Students of higher learning institutions said the training being given to them on government policies and strategies is essential to attain Ethiopia's development goal. | 30-Aug-2014 12:44

Former South Sudanese political detainees want 25% power sharing

August 29, 2014 The former South Sudanese political detainees have unveiled a new negotiation paper, demanding that 25% of positions in the proposed transitional government of national unity should comprise of its members. | 30-Aug-2014 08:57

Egypt minister downplays effects of Ethiopia dam

Egyptian Minister of Irrigation, Hossam Maghazi speaks to the press during a Nile River forum with his Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on August 25, 2014. | 30-Aug-2014 01:26

Torture survivors seeking relief in U.S. are further traumatized

Tewodage Alene Gezmu came to the United States to seek asylum, but instead he was subjected to inhumane living conditions, was locked up in a cell with criminals and was traumatized in the name of border security. | 30-Aug-2014 01:26

Heralding a higher stage of Ethio-American relations

The African continent has long been described as "the dark continent" for all the poverty, backwardness and war that have until recently become its essential characteristics. | 29-Aug-2014 21:26

Premier Hailmariam calls for extension of AGOA - Friday, 29 August 2014 06:26

In a brief meeting with the US Agriculture Deputy Minister Krysta Harden and other five female senators on Thursday, August 28, 2014, in Addis Ababa, PM Hailemariam talked on agricultural development in Ethiopia, food processing, empowerment of women and health with. | 29-Aug-2014 13:54

Emirates offers up to twenty five percent discount to Ethiopian travellers

Addis Ababa, 29 August 2014 - Emirates, a global connector of people and places, is offering Ethiopian travellers up to 25% discount on Business Class and Economy Class fares to a range of exciting destinations around the world, the company said. | 29-Aug-2014 09:48

Ethiopia: Tripartite Talks On GERD Successful - Ministry

The fourth Tripartite Ministerial Meeting of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam held in Khartoum was successful, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. | 29-Aug-2014 08:40

Gender Responsive Budgeting and Aid Effectiveness Knowledge Briefs

This series investigated how gender responsive budgeting (GRB) tools and strategies had been used in the context of aid modalities, such as general budget support (GBS) and sector budget support (SBS). Research was carried out in ten countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Morocco, Nepal, Mozambique, Peru, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The research aimed to increase national partners’ and European Union decision-makers’ understanding of the opportunities for using GRB to ensure that aid contributes to the achievement of gender equality goals. The knowledge briefs aim to provide guidance on using GRB tools to integrate a gender dimension into new modalities of aid financing, so that these adequately support the implementation of governments’ gender equality commitments.

The target audiences are: programmers and policy makers working for national governments, the European Commission, and bilateral donors. The series consists of five separate briefs following an introduction to gender responsive budgeting and aid effectiveness:

  • Guidance sheet on ‘How can aid be gender responsive in the context of the new aid modalities?
  • Lessons from gender responsive budgeting initiatives’
  • Brief on ‘How do donors collectively address gender issues in their aid management practices at country level?’
  • Brief on ‘How do Individual donors address gender Issues in their policy, programming, and financing?’
  • Summaries of country reports

This series of knowledge briefs (available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) has been produced on the basis of research carried out under the European Commission-supported programme ‘Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting into the Aid Effectiveness Agenda’. | 29-Aug-2014 07:01

Integrating gender responsive budgeting into the aid effectiveness agenda reports

These research reports (one composite report and ten country reports) have been generated as part of the UNIFEM programme, 'Integrating gender responsive budgeting into the aid effectiveness agenda'. The three-year programme funded by the European Commission (EC) was launched in 2008 and consists of research and programmatic technical assistance.

The investigation was intended to deepen the under standing of national partners and European Union (EU) decision makers of the opportunities for using gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) to enhance accountability to gender equality in aid effectiveness.

In the first stage of the programme, research was carried out in ten developing countries (Mozambique, Morocco, India, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nepal, Cameroon, Peru and Ethiopia) in July 2008. The research aimed to investigate how GRB tools and strategies have been used in the context of currently used aid modalities-specifically general budget support (GBS) and sector budget support (SBS). The ten countries were selected by UNIFEM and EC on the basis of criteria such as the existence of GRB work, the use of GBS or SBS, and the presence of budget reform processes.

[adapted from GSDRC summary -] | 29-Aug-2014 06:20

Guideline for gender sensitive budgeting on girls education in Ethiopia

Development partners, including UNICEF, have been supporting the Ethiopian Government so that the country could achieve universal access to education by 2015. The current support is focused on mobilising leadership committed to girls' education (locally, nationally and regionally) by developing the necessary tools for gender sensitive budgeting and participatory plan of action in budgets at district, regional and national levels.

These guidelines have been developed to address the current gaps in gender-sensitive budgeting for girls' education. It is believed these guidelines would assist the different stakeholders involved in the process of planning and budgeting to recognise and address female and male needs and interests; and provide them with opportunities through planning and budgeting.

This publication presents a guiding framework for concerned higher, middle and local government stakeholders to undertake gender budgeting for education. The guide is also designed to mobilise leadership committed to girls' education by developing the necessary tools for gender-sensitive budgeting and participatory action plans.

This guide was prepared by the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) and Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and The British Council. | 29-Aug-2014 05:50

East Africa: Region's Missed Opportunity for Action On South Sudan

Over 40,000 people living in shin-deep disease-filled sludge and water, surrounded by an abusive conflict. | 29-Aug-2014 00:18

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agreed to conduct more studies on the GERD for six months

The tripartite talks were hold in the capital city of Sudan, Khartoum on Monday August 25 and 26 2014. | 28-Aug-2014 20:10

Ethiopia: First Addis Tram Tested

The first of 41 trams being built for the two-line network under construction in Addis Ababa was unveiled at CNR Changchun's plant in China on Tuesday. | 28-Aug-2014 19:09

Abused woman gets refugee status

The sad tale of a woman of mixed Ethiopian and Eritrean ethnic parentage - who as a youngster endured persecution and even sexual abuse at the hands of soldiers in her country before she fled to South Africa - has had a happy ending after many years, after the North Gauteng High Court came to her aid. | 28-Aug-2014 16:00

In search for power, Ethiopia turns to growing sugar

An irrigation system showers a sugarcane field with water at the Kuraz sugar project in southern Ethiopia. | 28-Aug-2014 13:56

Former President Girma Woldegiorgis to relocate to a new house

The Office of the President which leased a 400,000 birr monthly residential house for the former President Girma Woldegiorgis has agreed with the owner of the house to terminate the deal as of October 17. The former president will then move into a wide green compound located in western Addis Ababa. | 28-Aug-2014 13:56

Smarter Power

The Metal and Engineering Corporation , a state owned high-tech industry group,has introduced a smart electric meter. | 28-Aug-2014 13:56

South Sudan dismisses attempt on president Kiir's life in Ethiopia

August 27, 2014 The South Sudanese presidency has dismissed rumours of an assassination attempt on president Salva Kiir as "fabricated lies" meant to "scare-off" the latter from representing the country at international forums. | 28-Aug-2014 09:51

AU recognizes Ethiopia's efforts towards economic integration:...

African Union has recognized Ethiopia's effort to create strong economic integration with its neighboring countries, Ethiopian Ambassadors to neighboring countries stated. | 28-Aug-2014 08:45

Obama's Quiet Consigliere: Gayle who?

By Thomas Mountain, GAYLE who? Obama's quiet consigliere Gayle Smith is rarely in the public eye and seems to prefer it that way. | 28-Aug-2014 06:44

Ethiopia: Second Wheat Consignment Arrives to Stabilise Grain Market

The second consignment of two million quintals of wheat the government bought from Ukraine will arrive at the Port of Djibouti by the beginning of September 2014. | 28-Aug-2014 02:43

Ethiopia: Increased Costs Blocking Construction SME Profits

Ashenfi & His Friends Cooperative was established three years ago by 23 members, under the Addis Abeba Small & Micro Enterprises Bureau . | 27-Aug-2014 22:28

Levelling the field: improving opportunities for women farmers in Africa

While agriculture across sub-Saharan Africa forms the backbone of many nations' economies, women are largely locked out of land ownership, access to credit and productive farm inputs, as well as support from extension services. This report seeks to focus international attention on the impediments that African women farmers face, presenting the clearest evidence to date on the breadth and depth of the resulting gender gap in agricultural production. The report brings together data from national statistics offices, with assistance from the Living Standards Measurement Study – Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) programme, to profile six countries: Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Niger and Ethiopia. Detailed analysis examines the possible reasons behind the gender gap in each country, leading to concrete policy proposals to redress the constraints women farmers face.

The LSMS-ISA programme contrasts with prior available evidence in that the surveys are nationally representative and contain information at the level of individual farm managers and plots, thus allowing for a rich and detailed assessment of gender dynamics. The authors apply decomposition analysis (a statistical method usually used in labour economics) to the agricultural sector, yielding new insights on the effects of various factors on women’s farming productivity. Each country profile provides detailed gender disaggregated analysis and policy priorities.

Among the key findings of the study is that productivity gaps range from 13% in Uganda, up to 25% in Malawi. However, when accounting for plot-size and geographic differences, the gaps grow even starker, ranging from 23% in Tanzania to 66% in Niger. Contrary to the conclusions of previous, more methodologically limited studies, the results of this study show that, even when women and men have equal access to any given input, productivity gaps remain; this signals that broader norms, market failures, or institutional constraints influence the effectiveness of these resources for women. In northern Nigeria, plots farmed by women produce 27% less per hectare than men. In the south, an initially significant gender gap disappears after key productive factors are accounted for. This indicates that, if women in southern Nigeria had access to similar agricultural inputs as men, the productivity gap may disappear.

The report recommends that a “challenge fund” be created to support the piloting and scaling up of effective policies. Also, national agriculture plans with a clear focus on the different needs of male and female farmers should be supported. Finally, the report's findings should be considered in relation to donor programmes, including the use of gender analysis to inform programme design, and the collection of sex-disaggregated data as part of monitoring and evaluation processes. | 27-Aug-2014 21:08

Ethiopia: Additional 130 Products Boosts National Drug List

Ethiopian Food, Medicine & Healthcare Administration & Control Authority has added 130 drugs to the National Drug List over the past eight months. | 27-Aug-2014 18:19

Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development to visit Ethiopia - Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:09

The Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, will visit Addis Ababa on the 28th August accompanied by a high-level Italian business delegation. | 27-Aug-2014 14:14

Dubai Chamber discusses trade ties with Ethiopian trade mission - Wednesday, 27 August 2014 06:23

Addis Ababa, 27 August 2014 - A trade mission from Addis Ababa, led by Shisema Gebresilassie, head of the trade and industry development bureau of the Addis Ababa City Administration, is in Dubai. | 27-Aug-2014 10:09

Professor Tekalign Mamo Assefa awarded the Yara Prize 2014

The Yara Prize 2014 is being awarded to Professor Tekalign Mamo Assefa. Currently state minister and adviser to the Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture , Professor Mamo has long been a key contributor to the country's food security, soil health and natural resources programs. | 27-Aug-2014 06:09

End market analysis for meat / live animals, leather and leather products, dairy products value chains: expanding livestock markets for the small-holder producers

Ethiopians have been engaged in livestock production and trade for centuries and much of the business of livestock production is not that much different today than what it has been over the years. Yet in a hyper-competitive global economy that demands instantaneous changes to product design and ever higher standards of quality and supply, gaining and maintaining market share, even in one own market is more challenging than ever. For instance, in order to gain more than the one-tenth of one percent of the world's global meat exports (Ethiopia’s current share), the industry and government need to adopt new approaches to the livestock trade (and to its many by-products like leather and dairy) and change old habits and customs that are only preventing the industry from taking a significantly larger share of global trade.

Ethiopia has a number of livestock value chain market opportunities that if realised will power the growth of the livestock industry and value chain as well as the overall economy. Some examples of these opportunities and challenges include:

  • live animals - Ethiopia currently exports through formal market channels nearly half a million head of animals peryear and those numbers are increasing by 15-25% per year. Addressing the export market for live animals is a balancing act that the Government of Ethiopia and the value chain actors will need to address in order to reach a balance that satisfies the entire value chain

  • meat - Ethiopia has potential to increase the volumes and values of domestic and export sales of meat and meat products . This could be achieved by increasing Borena beef exports, expanding commercialisation of production and marketing of livestock, diversifying into other products such as the processing of sausages and other similar types of meat and boosting domestic consumption

  • leather and leather products - the Ethiopian leather industry has significant potential to become a world class supplier of high quality finished leather and leather products, including shoes, garments, gloves and accessories. Foreign investors have been increasingly discovering Ethiopia’s potential

  • the opportunity for the dairy industry is to increase demand by promoting the nutritional benefits of milk, coupled with improving the product’s quality and reputation, and reducing prices and increasing availability through improvements in value chain productivity and logistics. The industry could also introduce new products and packaging that cater to the consumption patterns of different consumer segments, that extend shelf life, and that meet the price points of middle and low income customers | 26-Aug-2014 13:16

Nutrition sensitive agriculture tool (Nutri - SAT): Ethiopian pilot study

Previous strategies to improve nutrition within agriculture programmes have been driven primarily by the nutrition sector. To achieve positive nutrition outcomes within an agriculture project, nutritionists analyse localised macronutrient and micronutrient needs, and select crops to address those specific requirements. However, this approach often neglects the agricultural programme’s priorities, such as increased production, improved market linkages and increased incomes.

The purpose of this pilot is to test the Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Tool (Nutri-SAT) developed by ACDI/VOCA which is used to create/adapt nutrition sensitive agriculture programmes.

The tool has five main components that are used to determine the best entry points for nutrition-sensitive activities within an agricultural development and economic growth programme:

  • desk research collects background information and other studies done in the target region/country to give a complete picture of both the nutritional and agricultural landscape of the project
  • barrier analysis examines the root causes of the nutrition behaviours
  • focus groups determine production and market behaviors of small holder farmers in key value chains
  • cost of the diet (CoD) determines the minimal cost of a nutritious diet using a market survey of locally available and accepted foods
  • nutrition-sensitive agricultural work plan is developed in collaboration with agriculture and nutrition staff

Based on the pilot, this tool proved useful in all of these aspects and was successfully used to design nutrition interventions that were integrated into agricultural activities. Time and regular monitoring will determine how successful these interventions will be in changing house hold nutritional status or the underlying determinants of nutrition. While this pilot focused on a specific point in the value chain it can be used along the entire value chain to focus activities to address the barriers, to monitor the market changes on activities and to monitor effects on the most vulnerable household’s ability to improve their household diet diversity. | 26-Aug-2014 12:28

Ethiopia: Tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees receive cholera vaccine

PARIS, France, August 26, 2014/African Press Organization / - A vaccine against cholera is being used on a large scale for the first time in Ethiopia by teams from the international medical organisation Mdecins Sans Frontires/Doctors Without Borders . | 26-Aug-2014 12:16

84 arrive at Mumbai airport from Ebolahit West African countries cleared as safe

Eighty-four passengers arriving in Mumbai from two Ebola Virus Disease -infected West African countries on Tuesday were cleared as safe. | 26-Aug-2014 09:08

Sudan's rebels, Umma Party invited to Addis Ababa

The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North has denied the announcement by a Sudanese government official that the stalled Addis Ababa peace negotiations between the Sudanese government and the SPLM-N on South Kordofan and the Blue Nile will resume on Thursday. | 26-Aug-2014 04:59

East Africa: Renaissance Dam Talks Kick Off in Khartoum

The fourth round of tripartite talks over the building of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam started in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. | 26-Aug-2014 00:49

Free lecture to compare beekeeping practices in NS, Ethiopia

A free lecture at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus on Wednesday will compare beekeeping practices in Nova Scotia with those in Ethiopia. | 25-Aug-2014 20:39

President in Ethiopia to discuss South Sudan crisis

KAMPALA. President Museveni yesterday arrived in Addis Ababa to attend a regional meeting on South Sudan conflict three days after the rebels agreed to let Ugandan troops remain on South Sudan. | 25-Aug-2014 19:39

Sergey Lavrov to visit Ethiopia - Monday, 25 August 2014 12:51

According to sources, Lavrov will come to Addis Ababa for a two-day official visit at the end of September. | 25-Aug-2014 15:30

Dubai Chamber discusses bilateral ties with Ethiopia trade mission

A leading airline required cabin crew staff, Air hostess are responsible to make aware the passengers about the safety rules and regulation. | 25-Aug-2014 13:25

Ethiopia: The Power Man Speaks of Power Cuts

Factories and business enterprises are incurring losses due to the recurrent power outage in cities. | 25-Aug-2014 09:16

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