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Ethiopia: Charges Against Indigenous Land Rights Defender Dropped

Pastor Omot Agwa, an indigenous land rights defender from the Gambella region
Charges against Pastor Omot Agwa, a dedicated advocate for land rights in Ethiopia’s Gambella region and an interpreter for the World Bank Inspection Panel’s investigation into the forced displacement of indigenous Anuaks, were finally dropped.

BY OAKLAND INSTITUTE

Today, charges against Pastor Omot Agwa, an indigenous land rights defender from the Gambella region of Ethiopia, were finally dropped by an Ethiopian court.

In March 2015, Pastor Omot was arrested in Addis Ababa while attempting to travel to Kenya to attend a food security conference. For six months, he was detained without charge, denied access to legal representation, and endured torture and solitary confinement. Continue reading Ethiopia: Charges Against Indigenous Land Rights Defender Dropped

Ethiopia: Why the World Bank Should Embrace Human Rights

World Bank underwrites repression in Ethiopia. What should the Bank do in situations like this — where it funds badly needed assistance to poor communities only to see those programs used as an instrument of political repression? (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

By Sarah Saadoun | Huffington Post,

In Ethiopia, the World Bank helps fund a program that provides food and cash to people who work on public infrastructure projects. It’s a popular program and many people need the work. But a poor farmer said that when he went to sign up for the program he was turned away. “This doesn’t concern you,” the program coordinator told him. Continue reading Ethiopia: Why the World Bank Should Embrace Human Rights

UK Government Accused of Sponsoring Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia

UK-and World Bank-funded development programme in Ethiopia found to be responsible for villagisation-related widespread abuses in Ethiopia resulting in destruction of livelihoods, forced displacement of minority ethnic groups (Anuaks) from their fertile lands and forests

By RT.com,

A DEVELOPMENT project funded by the UK government and run by the World Bank could be facilitating a violent resettlement program in Ethiopia that has been dogged by allegations of forced displacement, physical assaults and rape, a leaked report suggests.

Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) is the primary sponsor of the World Bank’s foreign aid initiative, supposedly set up to improve basic health, education and public services in Ethiopia. It has attracted over £388 million in UK taxpayer’s money to date. Continue reading UK Government Accused of Sponsoring Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia

How the World Bank and the IMF Destroy Africa

Debt is an efficient tool for IMF and World Bank sharks. It ensures access to other peoples’ raw materials and infrastructure on the cheapest possible terms. Through their ideology of neoliberalism, they immediately start to impose economic restructuring and Structural Adjustment Policies (SAPs) that forces countries to spend less on things like health, education and development to ensure DEBT REPAYMENT. In effect, other development priorities will be shelved and poverty start to creep into the nations.

By Africa W,

THE World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were set up during the end of the World War II to rebuild the economies of Europe. However, in order for the world bank and the IMF to implement their policies, they began offering loans to poor countries but only if the poor countries privatized their economies and allowed western corporations an almost free access to their raw materials and markets. That was a poverty trap and many poor countries realized it when it was too late. We were already in chains. Continue reading How the World Bank and the IMF Destroy Africa

Eritrea Participated in the Launching of the New Horn of Africa Initiative

H.E. Ambassador Araya Desta, speaking on behalf of FM Osman Saleh, expressed Eritrea’s appreciation for the timely initiative

By Eritrea Mission to the AU,

THE new Horn of Africa Initiative led by the World Bank was launched on 27 October 2014 at the Headquarters of the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa.

The initiative aims to address some of the key drivers of instability in the Horn of Africa (HoA) and promote development in the area.

The launching ceremony was attended by the Foreign Ministers and representatives of the countries of the Horn, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the President of the World Bank Group, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNECA, and the Executive Secretary of IGAD. Continue reading Eritrea Participated in the Launching of the New Horn of Africa Initiative

Eritrea Welcomes New Development Initiative for the Horn of Africa

ENDORSED. UN and Development Bank leaders launched a US$8 billion Horn of Africa Initiative on high-level visit to the region

By TesfaNews,

ERITREA throws its political support behind the US$8 billion major new development initiative that aimed to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and promote business activity across the Horn of Africa.

The initiative was launched last week during a historic trip to the region by leaders of the global and regional institutions.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the World Bank Group (WBG) President, Jim Yong Kim, as well as the President of the Islamic Development Bank Group and high level representatives of the African Union Commission, the European Union, the African Development Bank, and IGAD are combining forces to promote this exciting development initiative.  Continue reading Eritrea Welcomes New Development Initiative for the Horn of Africa