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The Fake "Ethiopian Pastoralists Resettlement Programme in Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella"

Post by Yakume » 15 Feb 2014, 21:24

According to the government reports, they planned Pastoralist Resettlement in Afar, Somali (Ogaden), Banishangul and Gambella regions. The goal is to settle pastoral people within their regions through provision of basic services, so they get better living conditions, and there will no cross-country migration. The settlement will be voluntary, which seems to have the blessings of the World Bank and UN “the key development partners”. Under this project the government will receive about $500 million for "building long-term drought resilience". Both World Bank and United Nations are happy with this project.

In July 2011 Head of Federal Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS), Mitiku kassa said “in Somali and Afar, the government hopes 500,000 people in each will resettle, while in the western states of Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz it wants 450,000 to move. Eugene Owusu, UN Resident Coordinator, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia said "no doubt" it could have a transformative effect on struggling communities "if it's done well" .

There was government resettlement programmes in these regions, which was widely criticized by both beneficiaries and donors, there was clear failure with these programmes. However will the Ethiopia's planned pastoralist resettlement will work this time or not? Is there update about implementation of this project in the selected regions? Who are the actual beneficiaries of the project; local people, Tigrains, militias others? Who are the project managers and key staff members at federal level? What is the role of the regional governments and staff in the designing and implementation of the project? Who are the key contractors and suppliers under this project?

Please contribute and share updates about this project!
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Re: The Fake "Ethiopian Pastoralists Resettlement Programme in Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella"

Post by Yakume » 16 Feb 2014, 07:04

value of the money:
This calculation let's you see the programme features and also how the value of money will change / improve the livelihoods of the beneficiaries.

Programme Title / Aim: "building long-term drought resilience" in Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella Regions

Total Beneficiaries: in Somali and Afar, the government hopes 500,000 people in each will resettle, while in the western states of Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz it wants 450,000 to move.

Implementing Organizations: Ethiopian Federal Government; Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS)

Project Manager: Melaku Gebru Government / World Bank Coordinator

Funding Agencies: World Bank and United Nations

Total Budget: 500 million USD

Goverment's Aiam: “in Somali and Afar, the government hopes 500,000 people in each will resettle, while in the western states of Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz it wants 450,000 to move to?????

Impact: Eugene Owusu, UN Resident Coordinator, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia said "no doubt" it could have a transformative effect on struggling communities "if it's done well"
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Re: The Fake "Ethiopian Pastoralists Resettlement Programme in Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella"

Post by Yakume » 16 Feb 2014, 07:28

Programme Staff Members at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Addis Ababa are: (1) Kifle Argaw, National programme coordinator, (2) Gezahegn Aboset, Livestock specialist, (3) Mekdimu Mezemir, Rural infrastructure specialist, (4) Zelalem Terfa, M&E specialist, (5) Fekadu Hailemariam, Financial management officer, (6) Habtamu Mekonnen, Procurement specialist.

This is only the list of the key staff, but the number is bigger than what you expect (elephant structure of highlanders, but the money comes from this programme which is for Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella people)!

Eugene Owusu, UN Resident Coordinator, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia was right when he said "no doubt" it could have a transformative effect on struggling communities "if it's done well".

This is Woyane and Doors' Justice. When issue comes about money there is no considerations on ethnic, accountability on qualification and ethnic balance in the employment issues. all staff members in this list are highlanders or in another way "EPRDF cadres". There is no single local staff from the project implementation regions.

in this case, I am sure this programme will be same with other failed donor programmes like Southeast Rangelands Project (SERP), Pastoral Community Development Project (PCDP), Third Livestock Development Project (TLDP), Southern Rangelands Development Unit (SORDU) , Pastoral Risk Management project (PARIMA) and other programmes, and money goes to Woyane family and militias, not the target beneficiaries.

The only Woyane can get money is to use the name of the pastoral people under different names like food security, education, health, HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation (FGM), Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other infectious diseases. Qualified local staff ofthe Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella cannot get job, but highlanders and Woyanne cadres are employed under the name of the Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella regions!

Therefore, it will be good for the World Bank and United Nations to stop the programme or to change it to Amhara and Tigray, so people will know this programme was implemented in Amhara and Tigray regions, not in Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella Regions.
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Re: The Fake "Ethiopian Pastoralists Resettlement Programme in Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella"

Post by Yakume » 16 Feb 2014, 07:53

Expect the programme performance and achievements up to date as well as key Woyane contractors who purchased more than 1,000 water pumps for irrigation under this programme and the distribution and use of these equipments

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Re: The Fake "Ethiopian Pastoralists Resettlement Programme in Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella"

Post by Yakume » 16 Feb 2014, 12:04

Here is the main problem; see the list of key programme staff Members at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Addis Ababa
(1) Kifle Argaw, National programme coordinator,
(2) Gezahegn Aboset, Livestock specialist,
(3) Mekdimu Mezemir, Rural infrastructure specialist,
(4) Zelalem Terfa, M&E specialist,
(5) Fekadu Hailemariam, Financial management officer,
(6) Habtamu Mekonnen, Procurement specialist.

Names like Kifle, Gezahegn, Zelalem, Fekadu, Habtamu are not Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella names, but from highland. The pastoral names are very different from Kifle, Gezahegn, Zelalem, Fekadu, Habtamu. This means there is no single local staff from the project implementation regions. The recruitment process was based on ethnic and political factors not on the qualifications and skills and knowledge of the person on the local contexts and programme implementation requirements.

In this case, World Bank and United Nations are part of the problem, and they need to respect their policies and local cultures, and stop creating conflicts through their requirement process. These things are not in any place in the world, but in Ethiopia both government and donors are doing this dirty game with the indigenous people of Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella, and also happy with this crime! This means clear failer in the implementation of the programme.

Therefore, it will be good for the World Bank and United Nations to stop the programme or to change the programme to Amhara and Tigray, so people will know this programme was implemented in Amhara and Tigray regions, not in Afar, Somali, Banishangul and Gambella Regions.

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