Donors 'Ignore Abuses' in Ethiopia

The UK and US have ignored human rights abuses carried out by Ethiopia's government as it forcibly evicts people from land, a US think tank says.

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U.S., U.K. Accused of Ignoring, Facilitating Abuses in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON, Jul 17 2013 (IPS) - The U.S. and U.K. foreign assistance offices are being accused of ignoring, mischaracterising or downplaying testimony offered by ethnic communities in Ethiopia who accuse the Addis Ababa government of forcefully evicting them from their lands and violating their human rights in the name of mass development projects. 

Ethiopia's Rights Abuses 'Being Ignored by US and UK Aid Agencies'

The UK Department for International Development (DfID) and USAid, the American aid agency, have been accused of ignoring evidence of human rights abuses allegedly linked to their support for a multibillion-dollar social services programme in Ethiopia.

Press Release: Fingerprints of International Aid on Forced Relocation, Repression, and Human Rights Abuse in Ethiopia

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Contacts: Anuradha Mittal (510) 469-5228;

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DFID and USAID Investigation Recordings

DFID/USAID Meeting with Mursi near Hailewuha, South Omo

An audio recording of a DFID/USAID trip to a Mursi village, South Omo, near Hailewuha. One USAID representative and one USAID intern present, two members of DFID present, one translator, and approximately 30 to 40 Mursi. Translation by Will Hurd.


Ignoring Abuse in Ethiopia: DFID and USAID in the Lower Omo Valley

Southern Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley is one of the most culturally and biologically diverse areas in the world, yet the Ethiopian government is transforming more than 375,000 hectares (1450 sq. miles) of the region into industrial-scale plantations for sugar and other monocrops. A vast resettlement scheme for the local ethnic groups is accompanying these plans, as 260,000 local people from 17 ethnic groups who live in the Lower Omo and around Lake Turkana—whose waters will be taken for plantation irrigation—are being evicted from their farmland and restricted from using the natural resources they have been relying on for their livelihoods.

Development Aid to Ethiopia: Overlooking Violence, Marginalization, and Political Repression

Ethiopia is a locus of international attention in the Horn of Africa due to both its consistently high rates of economic growth and for its continued problems with widespread hunger and poverty. The nation is also significant for being among the most dependent on foreign aid. Topping the worldwide list of countries receiving aid from the US, UK, and the World Bank, the nation has been receiving $3.5 billion on average from international donors in recent years, which represents 50 to 60 percent of its national budget.

When the Levee Breaks

Last August, Ojulu sat smoking a cigarette outside his thatch-roofed hut in Pino village when a rising tide of water seeped through the reed fence. “The water came in the morning,” Ojulu said, “And stayed for a month.”

How Your Valentine Day Rose is Grown

“The government will lock our doors tomorrow if I give you an interview about that!”, bristled the director of an Ethiopian environmental organization. “Let’s talk about ethnobotany instead.”

Ethiopia’s Quest for Deeper Water


GOGTI, Ethiopia—The dry season is at its peak in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, and due to scarcer rains, a new food and water emergency looms. With the 2011 famine in memory, the Ethiopian government, the people, and aid organizations search for water anywhere they can find it. Will these efforts be enough to fight increasing insecurity due to climate change?