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France 24 Reports on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam

Ethiopia's "well-considered" grand dam is suffering from lack of funds
With the absence of a willing foreign lender to finance, Ethiopia’s “well-considered” grand dam is now heading to a halt after starving itself and the rest of the economy with funds

By Anne-Laure Cahen,

IN APRIL 2011, Ethiopia began the construction of a huge dam on the Nile. The dam is expected to produce as much energy as six nuclear power stations for one of the world’s poorest states, but the population may pay a high price.  Continue reading France 24 Reports on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam

U.S. Bans Financing for Activities in Lower Omo and Gambella Regions of Ethiopia

U.S. bans financing Ethiopia for activities in Lower Omo and Gambella regions that ‘directly or indirectly involve forced evictions

By Mursi Online (University of Oxford),

THE US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have always claimed that there is no evidence of ‘systematic’ human rights abuses being carried out by the Ethiopian government in pursuit of its development plans in the Lower Omo.

What these agencies mean by ‘human rights abuses’, when they make these claims, is not always specified, but they probably have in mind reports of rapes, beatings and arbitrary arrests by military personnel and police. Such events have almost certainly occurred (as the aid agencies seem tacitly to acknowledge) but they may or may not have been part of a ‘systematic’ policy of intimidation. Continue reading U.S. Bans Financing for Activities in Lower Omo and Gambella Regions of Ethiopia

The US Government Must Implement Congress’ Stance Against Forced Evictions in Ethiopia

The US Congress adopts a bill that acknowledges the ongoing human rights abuses in Ethiopia resulting from forced evictions and land grabbing in the name of a non-inclusive development strategy and that is aimed to prevent US assistance from being used in activities that directly or indirectly involve forced displacement in the Lower Omo and Gambella regions.

By Oakland Institute,

THE Oakland Institute applauds the US Congress for adopting language in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that ensures US funding to Ethiopia will not be used to support forced evictions in the country.

This provision in the bill acknowledges the ongoing crisis of human rights abuses resulting from forced evictions and land grabbing in Ethiopia and prevents US assistance from being used to support activities that directly or indirectly involve forced displacement in the Lower Omo and Gambella regions. Continue reading The US Government Must Implement Congress’ Stance Against Forced Evictions in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Most Ambitious Dam Project Could Destroy its Biggest Desert Lake

By Jessica Hatcher and Mark Hofer,

Kenya’s Lake Turkana is key to sustaining life in the dry area. But new development upstream in Ethiopia could ruin it.

LAKE Turkana is the world’s biggest desert lake, a vital source of life for humans and animals alike. But its lifeline is about to be cut by a push for development. Ethiopia, which borders Kenya, is building Africa’s largest hydro-electric power project, damming the Omo River, Lake Turkana’s primary source of water.

Losing the lake could not only mean wiping out a unique & delicate ecosystem that acts as the breeding grounds for millions of flamingos and supports the worlds largest population of Nile crocodiles. It could also deprive the communities around Lake Turkana of their livelihood — and jeopardize the region’s fragile peace.  Continue reading Ethiopia’s Most Ambitious Dam Project Could Destroy its Biggest Desert Lake