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Ethiopia, World Bank agree $300 mln grant for reconstruction


Tuesday May 17, 2022


People walk through Megenagna neighbourhood bus station in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

ADDIS ABABA, May 17 (Reuters) - Ethiopia and the World Bank have signed a pact for a grant of $300 million to assist reconstruction and recovery in conflict-hit areas, the finance ministry said.

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Fighting that erupted in the northern region of Tigray in November 2020, and spilled over into neighbouring Afar and Amhara last year, has eased since a unilateral ceasefire by the federal government in March. read more

"The resource will be used to finance the activities designed to support ... basic services," the ministry said in a statement late on Monday.
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Services that stand to benefit are education, health, water supply and a special effort to support survivors of gender-based violence in conflict-hit areas, it said.

Areas in Amhara, Afar, Tigray and the regions of Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz are targeted to receive the funds, it said, adding that the government would sign up with third-party organisations to execute the project in high-conflict areas.

The violence in Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz, home to several ethnic groups, is separate from the war in Tigray.

Reporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom; Additional reporting by George Obulutsa in Nairobi; Editing by Clarence Fernandez
 



 





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