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USAID Director Announces $7.7 Million Investment in Amhara Region

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USAID Ethiopia Director Sean Jones meets with Mayor of Bahir Dar, Dr. Diress Sahilu, Bahir Dar, August 16, 2022 (courtesy of US Embassy)

US Embassy Addis Ababa

Bahir Dar – The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Ethiopia Mission Director Sean Jones announced a new $7.7 million investment to train the next generation of 750 Ethiopian disaster risk management professionals at Bahir Dar University (BDU), where he also met with university vice-president, Dr. Tesfaye Shiferaw.  This new investment, Feed the Future Ethiopia Resilience Platform, is the largest single external investment in the history of BDU.  It follows nearly two decades of U.S. government support to BDU, including funding the university’s Institute of Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Studies.

During his trip, Mission Director Jones met with the Mayor of Bahir Dar, Dr. Diress Sahilu.  They discussed USAID’s historical support, urgent needs facing communities in the Amhara Region and continued U.S. support for peace and stability in the region.  Mr. Jones thanked Dr. Diress Sahilu for the city’s decades of close partnership with USAID.  As he met with local officials, humanitarian organizations, and internally displaced persons (IDPs), Mr. Jones reaffirmed the American people’s longstanding partnership with the people of Ethiopia.

Mission Director Jones also visited USAID’s partners at the Amhara Regional Health Bureau, including the bureau head, Dr. Melkamu Abte, to hand over eight USAID motor vehicles the bureau had requested to help the region in its life saving work.  Worth over $400,000, these vehicles will be used to deliver essential medicines and medical equipment to health facilities and to transport doctors and medical staff to the hardest-to-reach areas in Amhara Region.  Mr. Jones discussed the United States government’s support for the Amhara Regional Health Bureau, which includes over $4 million to provide emergency medicine and repairs to health facilities damaged by the Northern Conflict.

Lastly, Mr. Jones visited the Organization for Rehabilitation & Development in Amhara (ORDA), where he met with ORDA Executive Director Alemayehu Wassie and representatives of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) and host communities in Amhara Region.  Over a shared fasting lunch, Mr. Jones listened to the IDP and community representatives’ concerns, spoke about the ongoing efforts by the U.S. government to provide lifesaving assistance, and learned more about how USAID can better support people across the region.

The United States is devoted to the health, welfare, and prosperous future of the people of Ethiopia.  In 2021, USAID invested more than $1.2 billion across the country in humanitarian and development aid.  In the Amhara Region alone, the American people have provided over $430 million in humanitarian and development aid in the last two years.  This is another example of cooperation between the American people and the people of Ethiopia.

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  1. Subject: “USAID Director Announces $7.7 Million Investment in Amhara Region”, August 17, 2022 ”

    Humble Commentary, 17 Aug 2022
    It is hoped that the USAID is a direct benefit for the development in Ethiopia ; specifically stated as “disaster risk management professionals at Bahir Dar University (BDU),”

    Needless to say, it is hoped that the USAID is meant for the stated goal, not for other insidious motives in the healthy relationship between the Mighty Force and the under developed African State. Is that asking too much?!?!?!?

  2. Once again Good Ole USA at its best! Once again it is proven beyond the benefits of the doubt was, is and will continue to be a land of boundless philanthropists. Ask those two bullies in Moscow and Beijing! Good luck in getting their attention. One is killing children, the sick and elderly in Ukraine and the other one is busy trying to bully an innocent but a bustling democracy small island. Those two are so hyped up in shipping AK-47’s and RPG’s so those ‘niggers’ can kill each other to extinction.


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