Ethiopian Development Destroying Lives

In many parts of the world development has become an invisible cloak under which all manner of “state sponsored” atrocities and human rights violations are being committed. Married to growth, development has been (largely) reduced to economic advancement – meaning maximizing Gross National Product (GNP) figures month on month, year on year, and turning over glowing returns to the insatiable global monetary bodies – The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) and – profit to private investors.

Ruraux Ethiopiens Expulsés: Silence Complice

Ces vingt dernières années, l’Ethiopie a émergé en tant que puissance économique montante. Une réalité qui a incité la communauté internationale à injecter des fonds pour développer le pays, et tenter d’ancrer la paix dans une Corne de l’Afrique très instable. Ce soutien, baptisé «Renaissance africaine», s’est traduit par le versement d’environ 3,5 milliards de dollars (3,2 milliards de francs) d’aides annuelles dans les caisses de l’Etat, soit plus de la moitié du budget du pays.

Ethiopia: Lives for Land in Gambella

To many people land is much more than a resource or corporate commodity to be bought developed and sold for a profit. Identity, cultural history and livelihood are all connected to ‘place’. The erosion of traditional values and morality (which include the observation of human rights and environmental responsibility) are some of the many negative effects of the global neo-liberal economic model, with its focus on short-term gain and material benefit.

Human Rights Groups: Donor Countries Fuel Abuse in Ethiopia

LONDON — Two new reports published this month say sustainable development in Ethiopia is impossible without a specific focus on human rights. The reports say donor countries should bear responsibility for ensuring their aid money is not used to fuel abuse.

Ethiopia receives billions of dollars in international aid every year. It is money that is used to help improve basic services like access to health and education.

Ethiopie: Les Etats-Unis et le Royaume-Uni Accusés d'Ignorer et de Faciliter des Abus

Washington — Les organismes d'aide étrangère américains et britanniques sont accusés d'ignorer, de mal caractériser ou de minimiser les témoignages faits par des communautés ethniques en Ethiopie, par rapport à certains abus du gouvernement de ce pays.

Ces communautés accusent notamment le gouvernement d'Addis-Abeba de les expulser de force de leurs terres et de violer leurs droits humains au nom des projets de développement de masse.

Ethiopia to Press on with Controversial Forced Resettlement

The Ethiopian government has vowed to continue with its often controversial rural settlement programme in the coming years despite strong criticism.

The programme, which the central government has been implementing over the last decade, has benefited citizens residing in the poorer regions, a Ministry of Federal Affairs spokesman said.

During the last two years the ministry has moved 200,000 households in 388 resettlement centres, Mr Abebe Worku said.

Ethiopian Sugar Alleged to Destroy Pastoral Communities of Lower Omo

Mursi sleeping the in cattle camp, January 2012, Photo: Will Hurd, Oakland Institute


Ethiopian Sugar Corporation (ESC) is benefiting from forced resettlement of pastoral people in the Lower Omo Valley - a United Nations cultural heritage site - to make way for new sugar plantations and factories, according to a new report from the Oakland Institute.

Did West Ignore Rape Charges Related to Ethiopia Land Grab?

USAID officials are accused of ignoring reports of profound human rights abuses by Ethiopia, a strategic ally in the Horn of Africa. They deny it.

Britain 'Turning a Blind Eye' to Expulsion of Ethiopians from their Ancestral Lands

Britain is "turning a blind eye" to the forcible expulsion of people from their ancestral lands in Ethiopia, while giving the country £345 million of aid this year, a study has found.


According to the Oakland Institute, a US think tank, the resettlement of 260,000 cattle-herders in Ethiopia, so their land can be used for industrial farming, has been accompanied by rapes and violence.

U.S., U.K. Ignore Ethiopian Rights Abuses, Advocacy Group Says

The U.K. and U.S. have ignored first-hand accounts of human rights violations in southern Ethiopia where the government is forcibly relocating people for commercial-scale sugar plantations, the Oakland Institute said.

The Western governments are “willful accomplices and supporters of a development strategy that will have irreversible devastating impacts on the environment and natural resources and will destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people,” the California-based research and advocacy group said yesterday in a report.