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Steam rising from the ground is evidence of the tremendous geothermal potential in the Corbetti caldera.
July 30, 2015

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - During President Barack Obama's visit to Ethiopia this week, Ethiopian Electric Power and Corbetti Geothermal Plc signed Ethiopia’s first independent power purchase agreement for up to 500 megawatts (MW) of clean geothermal power from the Corbetti geothermal source. Investors in the Corbetti geothermal project include Power Africa partner Reykjavik Geothermal, Power Africa partner Berkeley Energy, and Iceland Drilling.

Ethiopian Electric Power is also in negotiations to sign a heads of terms agreement with Reykjavik Geothermal further detailing a previous agreement to develop an additional 500 MW in the Tulu Moye and Abaya areas. Together, these two agreements have the potential to generate up to 1,000 MW in new power for Ethiopia, enough to provide power for up to two million households.   

USAID Ethiopia Acting Mission Director Gary Linden at the launch of ETHIOLANDNET, a new network forum.
November 25, 2014

USAID Acting Mission Director, Gary Linden joined President of Bahir Dar University, Dr. Bayile Damte, researchers of the Institute for Land Administration, and academics from around Ethiopia to launch the Ethiopian Land Research and Development Network (ETHIOLANDNET) to close gaps in policy research on land.

November 24, 2014

I am pleased to represent USAID at this very timely launch of the Lancet Every Newborn series here in Ethiopia designed to focus our collective efforts on addressing one of the most pressing issues for our child survival agenda, preventable newborn deaths. Thanks to the leadership and determination of the Ministry of Health and health workers across the country coupled with the support from many partners here today, much progress has been made in reducing under-five child mortality with Ethiopia proudly achieving MDG goal of cutting under-five mortality by two-thirds.

Yet while the 2014 mini-DHS results tells us that more mothers are giving birth with the assistance of a health care professional, even more are seeking ante-natal care, and many more are using contraception to space births. Newborns constitute 43 percent of under five deaths in Ethiopia, close to the world average of 44 percent, and represent a larger proportion of under-five deaths now than they did in 1990. Thus, despite progress in child survival, the single most important remaining cause of death among children less than five years of age is newborn deaths—deaths within the first 28 days of life.

A Somali woman prepares to take her milk to market by camel.
November 18, 2014

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller announced a $350,000 grant to a milk processing plant, Berwako Milk Processing PLC, in Jijiga Town to improve the milk market for pastoralist communities and enhance the competitiveness of the livestock industry in Ethiopia’s pastoralist areas.

Women fill jerrycans at a water point in the Somali Region.
November 18, 2014

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dennis Weller officiated the launch of a new water site in the Gubadley kebele (district), Somali Region, as part of the USAID WATER project implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller joins Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome and Ethiopian policymakers and producers.
November 12, 2014

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), joined with the Ethiopian Pulses, Oilseeds and Spices Processors-Exporters Association (EPOSPEA) and other industry leaders and stakeholders is a major sponsor for the Fourth International Pulses, Oilseeds, and Spices conference under the theme, “Global Partnership for Sustainable Market Growth."

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