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USAID Mission Director Visits Afar Regional Leadership and USAID Development Projects in Samara, Afar Region

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USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director Scott Hocklander meets Afar Regional State President His Excellency Awol Arba Unde, Samara, Afar Region, August 23, 2023. (courtesy of U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa)

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Samara, Afar Region – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ethiopia’s new Mission Director, Scott Hocklander, traveled to Afar Region to meet with regional leadership and elders, visit USAID/Ethiopia-supported development projects, and discuss the response effort to combat the recent desert locust infestation.

Director Hocklander met with Afar Regional State President His Excellency Awol Arba Unde to discuss the long-standing partnership between the United States and the people in the Afar Region and across Ethiopia.  Director Hocklander emphasized USAID’s commitment to assisting the region to combat climate and other natural shocks, enhance agricultural production, deliver quality public health services, and improve access to safe water supplies and basic sanitation.

He also met with regional elders to listen to how local leaders envision the region’s path towards and opportunities for resilient development and what they see as USAID/Ethiopia’s role in supporting that vision. 

He discussed the recent desert locust infestation and response efforts with the regional coordinator of the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In Dubti, Director Hocklander visited a local livestock business, which is receiving ongoing support through the USAID Resilience in Pastoral Areas project.  The project provided a small grant—which allowed the business to develop holding pens for goats, sheep, and cattle with feeding and watering troughs—and business development training on bookkeeping, financial management, and business expansion.  This support has allowed the business to reach marginalized communities and created a reliable livestock market for pastoralist herders.

Finally, he toured Dubti General Hospital to see the impact of USAID/Ethiopia’s former Transforming Health in Developing Regions activity.  This project provided the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with baby warmers, monitors, incubators, and more; refurbished the pharmacy in the hospital and equipped the facility with a blood bank; and supported the hospital in setting up a one-stop center for gender-based violence survivors.

In 2022 alone, USAID/Ethiopia invested more than $1.8 billion across the country in humanitarian and development aid.  These projects are examples of continued cooperation between the American people and the people of Ethiopia.

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  1. Once again Good Ole USA at one of its countless best! It does not favor one group of people over others in that country when it stretches out its desperately needed helping hands. Ask those two hooligans in Moscow and Beijing to top that. One just gobbled up his most loyal bootlicker who found himself out of line while keeping his missiles murdering babies, pregnant mothers, the disabled and the elderly in Ukraine. His mass murderer buddy in Beijing is so tied up in bullying every one in the neighborhood and playing with fire. He is also nagging the living daylight out of the old country about the interest charge he has not been paid while his well trained larcenists are hauling away the country’s precious metals. Now we know what commies mean by their ‘Workers of the World Unite!’ That means keep busy uniting while I’m stealing!!!

    Way to go USA!!!


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