Gov’t, UN Agency Sign Third-Party Deal for Recovery Plan in Tigray

ADDIS ABABA – The Government of Ethiopia on Tuesday signed a third-party implementation agreement with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for the World Bank-financed recovery project in the Tigray region.

The plan, officials say, is a part of the government’s national recovery program named Response-Recovery-Resilience for Conflict-Affected Communities in Ethiopia project, financed by the World Bank.

The project primarily aims to rebuild and improve access to basic services and climate-resilient community infrastructure.

It also intends to improve access to multi-sectoral response services for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) survivors in selected conflict-affected communities in Ethiopia.

As per the agreement, the UN agency will implement activities identified under the first objective of the project in the Tigray region, according to the ministry of finance.

The second objective of supporting gender-based violence (GBV) survivors will be carried out by another third-party implementer on which negotiations between the agency and the government are taking place, the ministry said.

UNOPS will implement the activities of providing rapid response services to communities in Tigray, reconstructing basic service providing infrastructures affected by the conflict in consultation with the communities, and supporting community-level social institutions.

The UN agency will implement the project in Tigray until situations in the region improve to enable the government to carry out the project with its own structure. In which case, UNOPS will hand over activities to the government, the ministry added.

The agreement was signed by Finance Minister Ahmed Shide and Werknesh Mekonen representative of the UNOPS.