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Youth Festival Brings Together 20,000 Youth to Create New Opportunities and Promote Intercultural Understanding

Youth Festival _ Ethiopia
Ambassador Tracey Jacobson, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Minister of Women and Social Affairs Dr. Ergoge Tesfaye, and USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director Sean Jones visit youth-owned businesses at a market fare at the youth festival, Addis Ababa, April 29, 2023. (Courtesy of US Embassy)

US Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, 2023 –Ambassador Tracey Jacobson, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, and Minister of Women and Social Affairs Dr. Ergoge Tesfaye officially opened the Kefeta Youth Festival at Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa.  The Addis Ababa youth festival was one of three youth festivals held throughout the country, and around 20,000 youth attended this final event. Under the theme “Be Inspired, Own Your Future,” the festival was a job fair and forum for building intercultural understanding and civil society support for youth development.

The festival was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s youth activity, Kefeta, and was organized in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA) and the Addis Ababa City Administration.  USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director Sean Jones joined Ambassador Jacobson and Minister Ergoge to open the event.

The festival showcased youth-owned businesses, health and financial services, a peace forum with intergenerational dialogue, inspiring stories of young change-makers, and a market fair. 

USAID’s Kefeta activity, launched in March 2022, is lifting up millions of youth in 18 cities across Ethiopia by working to improve their access to health, education, economic, and civic opportunities.  These three youth festivals were just one element of this transformative program.

In 2022 alone, USAID provided more than $1.8 billion dollars in development and humanitarian aid to Ethiopia.  To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook and Twitter.  

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  1. Ways to go H.E. Ambassador Tracy Jacobson showing Good Ole USA at one of its best. Somebody, I said somebody, as those two thugs in Moscow and Beijing to top that. The one in Moscow is busy raining deadly missiles and drones on the youth of Ukraine and the one in Beijing is busy pilfering precious stones and laundering foreign currencies out of the old country using thieves he specially trained just for this purpose. He is also having fits to kill millions of Taiwanese just because they are determined to leave in a fire tested democratic system. This psychopath may not realize that invading and killing millions in Taiwan would be the beginning of his own undoing.
    Any peace mongering Ethiopian should ask these two hooligans where they have been during all these peace talks in their country. Well, those two contraband masters have been busy glutting their country with tools of murder and destruction. O my goodness gracious! Do I have utter contempt for commies and their clones!!!!! Those of you who hate me for having nothing but disdain for commies, you know what I told you umpteen times before. Jump in a lake and don’t you ever come up! Don’t even think about it. Stay there until you meet your friend Iblis in eternal hell!!!

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