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Monday, March 29, 2021 - 4:45am

Today, the United States joined the Government of Ethiopia and development partners to launch the next five-year phase of the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP). The PSNP is the Government of Ethiopia’s multi-billion dollar food security, public works, and social safety net program for millions in need across Ethiopia.

The PSNP was first established with U.S. support in 2005. As the largest donor, USAID’s contribution accounts for over $550 million.

Today’s launch represents a total additional $2.2 billion investment by the government and Ethiopia’s international partners in PSNP. Over the next five years, the PSNP will reach up to nine million people each year as it provides food assistance and services that will lift vulnerable families out of poverty. 

Minister of Finance Ato Ahmed Shide and Minister of Agriculture Ato Oumer Hussein launched the new, fifth phase of PSNP with heads of agencies from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, World Food Programme, UNICEF, Irish Aid, and the Netherlands at a ceremony in Addis Ababa. 

Image of oxygen concentrator equipment donation to Ethiopia
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 1:15pm

UNICEF has today handed over 380 oxygen concentrators to the Federal Ministry of Health to support its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ethiopia. The oxygen concentrators and their accessories were procured with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO). Some 100 of the concentrators will be allocated to the recently inaugurated field hospital in Addis Ababa under St. Peter’s Hospital.

Image of Ethiopian minister of health and US Ambassador and USAID Ethiopia Mission Director
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 1:00pm

The U.S. government has donated a shipment of 250 state-of-the-art ventilators and other critical care equipment to assist Ethiopia with its response to COVID-19. The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer to Prime Minister Abiy of these critically needed supplies, in support of Ethiopia’s urgent and comprehensive response to the pandemic.

Image of Ethiopian mother and two children
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 8:00pm

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Federal Ministry of Finance signed a new development partnership agreement this week worth more than $230 million. The agreement underscores the American people’s continued commitment to investing in improving health, education, agriculture, economic growth, good governance, and strengthened resilience of Ethiopians. USAID Mission Director Sean Jones and State Minister of Finance Admasu Nebebe signed the development partnership agreement to formalize the most recent American investment in Ethiopia’s long-term development.

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 1:00pm

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the United States Government has committed over $37 million to Ethiopia to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Through the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United States is working closely with partners from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Peace, the Ethiopia Public Health Institute, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), and other international and local partners to provide life-saving support in response to the ongoing coronavirus emergency.

Image of USAID Mission Director Sean Jones and NEBE Ethiopia chair Birtukan Midekssa
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 6:30am

Today, the United States and the National Elections Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) signed a memorandum of understanding for a new $30.4 million program to support the upcoming national elections. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sean Jones and NEBE Chairwoman Birtukan Midekssa jointly unveiled the new USAID Ethiopia Election and Political Processes Program, which will help strengthen the capacity of NEBE officials to organize, administer, and conduct free and fair elections.

Image of USAID and Awash Bank DCA partnership in Ethiopia
Friday, December 13, 2019 - 4:00am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Awash Bank have announced a new partnership that will make up to US $6.4 million in financing available to microfinance institutions and small- and medium-sized agricultural businesses in Ethiopia. Under a USAID Development Credit Authority (DCA) agreement, this program will expand commercial bank lending into underserved areas and provide the private capital needed to help farmers and businesses intensify production, and support Ethiopia’s efforts to modernize its agricultural sector.

Image of USAID Digital Health Activity launch event in Ethiopia
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 8:30am

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with the Ministry of Health, announced the launch of the new USAID Digital Health Activity to continue investments in digital information solutions to further strengthen the country’s health system and improve the quality of services. USAID Mission Director Sean Jones and Minister of Health Dr. Amir Aman inaugurated the new activity, which builds on U.S.-Ethiopian efforts to create a modernized health information system that ensures the entire sector has the data, analytics, and skills necessary to improve the health and well-being of all Ethiopians.

Image of USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Sean Jones launching Land Governance Activity
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 8:15am

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched its new Land Governance Activity that will strengthen policy, management, and administration to improve land tenure and rights for farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia. USAID Mission Director Sean Jones, State Minister of Urban Development and Construction Tazer Gebre Egziabiher, and Tigistu Gebremeskel, Director of Land Administration and Use at the Ministry of Agriculture inaugurated the new project, which is part of a collaborative U.S.-Ethiopia partnership to strengthen land governance over the past 15 years.

Image of USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Sean Jones inaugurating blood bank.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 7:15am

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sean Jones and the Honorable State Minister of Health Saharla Abdulahi officially inaugurated the new $5 million National Blood Bank Services headquarters building during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new facility will provide the National Blood Bank Services with the capacity to receive a much-increased volume of blood donations, screen and process blood products more efficiently, and distribute life-saving blood to health centers and patients throughout the country.

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Last updated: December 02, 2020

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