ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia and the United Kingdom have inked a 24 million euro grant agreement that aims to support refugees in Somali and Gambella regions.
The deal was signed by state minister of finance, Admasu Nebebe, and head of DfID Ethiopia, Christian Rogg, in virtual authorization ceremony held on Monday.
Ethiopia’s finance ministry said the fund will finance a project that will address the needs of refugees and host communities in the two regional states.
At least 200,000 refugees will get basic social services through the grant money, said the ministry in a statement.
The services include education, health, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), livelihoods, vocational training, among others.
The main focus of the project is to promote refugees’ self-reliance, said the ministry, and, therefore, they can improve the quality of their lives and host communities in peripheral parts of Ethiopia.
By Sisay Sahlu