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2015 News & Events

June 2015

Vacancy Announcement - SNNPR Programme Officer

25 June 2015

Irish Aid is recruiting a Programme Officer to oversee and support its partners in SNNPR. The job will require regular and ongoing interaction with the Regional Government, CSOs at an operational and strategic level, and with the Irish Aid team in Addis Ababa on the implementation of programmes within agreed results frameworks.

25 Newly Electrified Health Centres in Rural Areas of Ethiopia

9 June 2015

On 9 June 2015, the German and Irish Ambassadors to Ethiopia handed over 25 solar-powered health centres in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) to the Ministry of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The ceremony took place at the Gebaba health centre in the remote Silte Zone.

April 2015

Minister Sherlock welcomes further transit flights through Dublin Airport by Ethiopian Airlines 

17 April 2015

The Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Mr Seán Sherlock TD, has welcomed the announcement that Ethiopian Airlines flights from Addis Ababa to Washington DC and from Addis Ababa to Toronto will transit Dublin Airport (rather than Rome) from 10 May. These transits will be in addition to the new Addis Ababa-Dublin-Los Angeles (and return) route which will begin in mid-June.

March 2015

Axum Stelae going ‘green’ for Saint Patrick’s Day

17 March 2015

This year for the first time the stelae in Aksum (or Axum) will join the list of famous landmarks worldwide going ‘green’ on Saint Patrick’s Day. The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum are one of nine sites in Ethiopia which feature on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and one of the country’s major tourist sites.

12th edition of the Addis Ababa annual women-only run, ‘Choice Women First’ 5km Run

15 March 2015

The 12th edition of the annual 5km women-only run took place in Addis Ababa today. Irish Aid Ethiopia is among the sponsors of this important event, which dates back to 2004 and was originally set up as a way to celebrate the achievements of Ethiopia’s great female athletes.

Minister Sherlock’s visit to Ethiopia to highlight trade and investment opportunities

14 March 2015

The Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today departs on a three day visit to Ethiopia, as part of the Government’s “Promote Ireland” initiative to mark St. Patrick’s Day. Minister Sherlock’s visit will combine trade and investment engagements with visits to a number of Irish Aid funded initiatives which have a commercial or private sector focus.

February 2015

Official launch of the Strategic Partnership Grants under the Civil Society Support Programme – supported by Irish Aid Ethiopia

12 February 2015

Today the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) funded by Irish Aid Ethiopia launched the new Strategic Partnership Grants (SPGs) during a two day event bringing together CSOs, donors and other stakeholders.

Inauguration of new salt iodizing machines in Afdera

07-08 February 2015

Iodine deficiency has long been recognised as a major public health problem in Ethiopia, with estimates of three quarters of the population suffering from varying degrees of deficiency. Over the past decade, there has been keen interest on the part of the Government of Ethiopia to exploit and develop a domestic salt industry, and establish a national universal salt iodization (USI) programme.

Irish company to bring new agricultural technologies to Ethiopia

Auranta MagGrow is an Irish company currently establishing the process to manufacture and distribute its MagGrow spraying equipment (knapsacks, tractor booms and greenhouse booms) to smallholder and commercial farms in both Ethiopia and Kenya through the creation of Auranta MagGrow Limited subsidiaries in the two countries.

January 2015

Irish Aid Ethiopia to Chair the Donors Working Group of the Productive Safety Net Programme in 2015

In 2015 Irish Aid Ethiopia will assume the role of Donor Chair in the Donors Working Group of the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP). The PSNP is one of the largest social protection programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, with an annual budget for transfers of ca. $400 million.

Irish Aid contributes to improving food security in the Tigray region

Despite pockets of urban growth, rural poverty and malnutrition in the Tigray region of Ethiopia remain stubbornly high. About 80% of the population lives in rural areas and the majority are subsistence farmers. Mostly this group produces on average only 40% of their annual minimal food requirements.