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International partners may be under severe restrictions in dealing with Ethiopia’s drought situation

29 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The TPLF regime has started to distribute 9,692 metric tons of food ration to 10.2 million drought victims, which is a government figure, as insisted upon by its National Disaster Risk Management Coordination Commission (NDRMCC), because of which to the satisfaction of Addis Abeba officials for a while there has not been any reference by the United Nations of the drought’s impact affecting 15-16 million people.
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More than 18 million Ethiopians, nearly 20% of nation, needs int’l humanitarian relief – UK minister

13 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
DFID Press Release

Ongoing drought has left Ethiopia facing a severe food crisis with millions in urgent need of emergency food aid and children facing malnutrition, International Development Minister Nick Hurd has warned.
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US, UK, World Bank among aid donors complicit in Ethiopia’s war on indigenous tribes

22 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Will Hurd*

    USAID, the UK’s DFID and the World Bank are among those covering up for severe human rights abuses against indigenous peoples in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, inflicted during forced evictions to make way for huge plantations, writes Will Hurd. Their complicity in these crimes appears to be rooted in US and UK partnership with Ethiopia in the ‘war on terror’.

    The Mursi were told by government officials that if they didn’t sell off their cattle, the cattle would be injected with poison.

In the fall of 2012 my cell phone rang. It was an official from Department for International Development, DFID – the UK government aid agency. He implored me to remove his name from a transcript of an audio recording I’d translated. He worried he might lose his job, which would hurt his family.
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‘Ethiopia, Rwanda give the lie to electoral democracy hype’, researcher makes bold, dangerous recommendation to SSA

3 Mar

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)



Mr. Frederick Golooba-Mutebi penned Ethiopia, Rwanda give the lie to electoral democracy hype on the February 28, 2015 issue of Africa Review, which is partially reproduced hereunder and the link provided. In there, he gives the impression that his objective is to suggest institution of measures that would help redeem the long and many promises of freedom, human liberties and growth and development for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). For that, he underlines the need to eliminate “clientelism, the exchange of votes for material or financial handouts” from the existing so-called competitive elections.
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Leaked report says World Bank violated its own rules in Ethiopia

22 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Sasha Chavkin, HuffPost

    Internal watchdog finds link between World Bank financing and Ethiopian government’s mass resettlement of indigenous group

The World Bank repeatedly violated its own rules while funding a development initiative in Ethiopia that has been dogged by complaints that it sponsored forced evictions of thousands of indigenous people, according to a leaked report by a watchdog panel at the bank.
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Donor funds to Ethiopia’s financial inclusion projects hardly seem to bear desired fruits, Part II

21 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    In rural areas [of Ethiopia], all measures of inequality suggest there has been little change in inequality over time although inequality fell marginally from 1996 to 2005 and increased from 2005 to 2011. Nationally, urban and rural trends offset each other and many measures suggest inequality has stayed quite stable from 2005 to 2011. However, measures of inequality that give more weight to poorer households show that national inequality has steadily increased from 2000 until 2011…This progress is not without its challenges, poverty remains widespread and the very poorest have not seen improvements — to the contrary, even a worsening — of consumption since 2005, which poses a challenge to achieving shared prosperity in Ethiopia.”

    “The most pronounced change in the relative income differences is for the relative income of the top 10 percent in comparison to the bottom 10 percent [in Ethiopia], which increased to above 360 percent given the contraction in consumption in the bottom decile.”

    – ETHIOPIA: Poverty Assessment. World Bank, January 2015.

    ‘Human lives are battered and diminished in all kinds of different ways, and the first task … is to acknowledge that deprivations of very different kinds have to be accommodated within a general overarching framework.’

    A Decade of Human Development. Amartya Sen, 2000.

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‘Sorry Bob – Band Aid has done more harm than good’

16 Nov

Mulugeta Tesfakiros and Sir Bob Geldof (Credit: The Reporter)

Mulugeta Tesfakiros and Sir Bob Geldof (Credit: The Reporter)


Editor’s Note:

    Sir Bob Geldof is no stranger to Ethiopia; it is also a country that has made him one of the most famous philanthropists in the world, perhaps more than his calling to music. He is now taking that experience into organizing a repeat of the Ethiopia Band Aid Single ‘Do they know it is Christmas?‘ to mobilize help for Ebola victims in West Africa, which is facing criticism for all sorts of reasons.
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Ethiopians Openly Turn Against US & UK-Backed TPLF’s Land Seizures; Ermias’s Testimony, Many Others

13 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Hilary Matfess*, Foreign Policy; See Comments

Backed by U.S. development aid, the Ethiopian government is seizing land, demolishing homes, and cracking down on activists in a bid to expand its capital city.

“Yehun and Miriam have little hope for the future. We didn’t do anything and they destroyed our house,” Miriam told me. “We are appealing to the mayor but there have been no answers. The government does not know where we live now, so it is not possible for them to compensate us even if they wanted.”
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