Ethiopia calls for significant funding to support post-conflict recovery efforts

Cows walk past a tank damaged during fighting between the Ethiopian government and Tigray forces, near the town of Humera, Ethiopia, March 3, 2021. Picture taken March 3, 2021. To match ETHIOPIA-CONFLICT Special Report /REUTERS EVICTIONS/Baz Ratner

Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen has called for significant funding to support Ethiopia’s post-conflict recovery efforts.

Significant funding is needed for post-conflict recovery in Ethiopia as the country moves forward in a peace process and addresses drivers of fragility, Mekonnen said in a statement from the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) released late Thursday. .

Mekonnen pointed out that the East African country suffered significant losses due to the conflict in the northern part of the country which required the accelerated reconstruction support from the international partner. He also stressed that the African continent needs significant financial assistance to ensure a sustainable recovery and a better development path, promote structural and economic transformation through infrastructure and promote its climate resilience and energy transition agenda. .

The Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister made the remarks while addressing the World Bank‘s International Development Association (IDA) Heads of State Summit in Dakar, Senegal, according to the ministry.

Ethiopia, Africa‘s second most populous country, has seen a devastating conflict between forces loyal to the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian National Defense Force, backed by allied forces since November 2020 The conflict has left millions of people in dire need of humanitarian aid.

The conflict, which has affected three regions in northern Ethiopia, namely Afar, Tigray and Amhara, has had devastating effects on public and private infrastructure as well as the livelihoods of affected communities. Ethiopia has also recently suffered from various other inter-communal conflicts and violence.

In May this year, the Ethiopian government and the World Bank signed a US$300 million financing agreement to support the reconstruction and recovery of conflict-affected areas in Ethiopia. The resource will be used to finance activities designed to help communities regain access to basic education, health and water supply services in selected districts in the regional states of Amhara, Afar, Tigray, Ethiopia’s conflict-affected Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz, the Ethiopian ministry said. of Finance disclosed. Final article

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