Ethiopia, World Bank to spend $300 mln grant for reconstruction

Ethiopia and the World Bank have agreed to a $300 million grant to promote rebuilding and recovery in conflict-affected areas, according to Ethiopia’s finance ministry.

Since a unilateral ceasefire by the federal government in March, fighting in Tigray’s northern area, which spilled over into neighboring Afar and Amhara last year, has subsided.

“The funds will be utilized to fund initiatives that support… fundamental services,” the ministry said late Monday in a statement.

Education, health, water supply, and a specific effort to help survivors of gender-based violence in conflict-affected communities are among the services that would benefit, according to the report.

The monies would be distributed in Amhara, Afar, Tigray, and the Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz regions, according to the statement, which also stated that the government will partner with third-party organizations to carry out the initiative in high-conflict areas.

Separate from the battle in Tigray is the violence in Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz, which are home to various ethnic groups.

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