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Mirjam Van Reisen and Martin Plaut: Analysts or Apologists of Occupation?

Mirjam Van Reisen and Martin Plaut, the two unsavory surrogates of the Ethiopian government
Mirjam Van Reisen and Martin Plaut, the two unsavory surrogates of the Ethiopian government, have been busy of late on producing anti-Eritrea stories and reports based on unsubstantiated hearsay. The purpose was, of course, to stop European Union’s development aid to Eritrea. Succeeded or not, the duo must know that Eritrea and its people will chart their own destiny and are perfectly capable of doing so … with or without development aid from others.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Eritreans have learned a few things about the western media and its partners in the NGO community in the last 15 years. They have learned to detect the nauseating stench of anti-Eritrea campaigns from afar, and have also been able to pin point its source. As past evidence has shown, the scared minority regime in Ethiopia remains the sole source of all the distortions about Eritrea and its leadership. Its foul stench permeates every single audacious anti-Eritrea campaign. No matter what the label of the day, or where it is embedded, one will find the regime lurking not too far behind-less than six degrees of separation. Continue reading Mirjam Van Reisen and Martin Plaut: Analysts or Apologists of Occupation?

EU Poised to Resume Development Aid to Eritrea

Despite being one of the lowest ranking in the Human Development Index, Eritrea receives the least development aid per capita. Eritrea welcomes EU’s partnership on development.

By Salem Solomon | for VOA News,

Eritrea reserves some of its harshest criticism for Western nations and often has strained or hostile relationships with its neighbors. So it may come as a surprise that Eritrea is improving its ties with the European Union.

Evidence of this is in a program known as the 11th European Development Fund, which may allocate $229 million over the next six years for projects in Eritrea relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency and economic governance.

The allocation has not been finalized and the money has not been released, officials stress. But in recent years, the program has funded small-scale projects in Eritrea, including using solar panels to power irrigation in rural areas, and has supported community courts to improve the legal system. Continue reading EU Poised to Resume Development Aid to Eritrea

Eritrea: New EU – UNDP Funded Senafe Hospital Inaugurated

The new 80 million Nakfa heath facility in the border town of Senafe will enhance access to health care to 85,000 residents and the surrounding community

By UNDP Eritrea,

September 20, 2015 was a jubilant day for the community in Senafe as they witnessed the opening of Senafe hospital, a new fully equipped health facility that will enhance access to health care in the Debub region of Eritrea. The new facility was constructed and equipped with support from UNDP and the European Union as part of the recovery program.

The construction of the new facility was spearheaded by UNDP Eritrea during the period that UNDP was supporting recovery and rehabilitation programs in Eritrea after the 1998 -2000 border conflict with neighbouring Ethiopia. During the conflict, the old Senafe District hospital was completely destroyed; in its place, lies an open field surrounded by an old brick wall. Continue reading Eritrea: New EU – UNDP Funded Senafe Hospital Inaugurated

Vita Potato & Dairy Farm Pilot Project in Eritrea

A pilot potato and diary program in Eritrea with the collaboration of Irish NGOs Vita, Teagasc, Gorta and Séamus Crosse are part of the ambitious, large scale national potato and diary programme.

By Vita,

April is warm and very dry in Eritrea and the perfect time to visit dairy and potato farms as the crops start to emerge from the earth. Vita, the Irish NGO working to combat hunger and climate change in Eritrea and Ethiopia recently led a delegation from Teagasc and Gorta to Eritrea to see for themselves this extraordinary country.

The group included Dr. Seamus Crosse, Chairman of Vita, John Weakliam, CEO of Vita, Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle and Dr. Lance O’Brien, Chairman of the Teagasc International Food Security Committee, together with Ray Jordan, CEO of Gorta SHA. Continue reading Vita Potato & Dairy Farm Pilot Project in Eritrea

Eritrea and EU Poised to Sign 11th EDF Cooperation Agreement

EU set to approve the 11th EDF (2014-2020) to Eritrea

By TesfaNews,

THE European Union and the State of Eritrea are inching closer to sign the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) cooperation agreement that runs from 2014-2020.

Government Spokesperson and Minister of Information Yemane G. Meskel indicated that the multi-million-euro development package will mostly focus on enhancing Eritrea’s energy infrastructure projects.

Soon after the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, announced the intention last month to allow Continue reading Eritrea and EU Poised to Sign 11th EDF Cooperation Agreement

EU to Resume Development Assistance to Eritrea

By TesfaNews,

THE European Union this week announced its plan to resume a multi-million-euro development package to Eritrea.

Neven Mimica, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development told Reuters that the package will help Eritrea to finance development projects on energy and other sectors.

The EU hopes development aid to Eritrea will help in reducing the growing number of Eritreans attempting to reach Europe by addressing first the social and economic hurdles in the country.  Continue reading EU to Resume Development Assistance to Eritrea