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$110 million W/Bank loan to Ethiopian pastoralists

January 22, 2014

The World Bank has granted 113 Ethiopian pastoral communities $110 million loan to boost access to health and economic services in four regional states of the country.The Ethiopian Finance Minister Sufian Ahmed , who signed the agreement for his government said on Wednesday that the amount would boost the live of 113 pastoral communities in some 55 districts of the four regional states. The World Bank Ethiopia Country Director Mr. Guang Chen in Ethiopia said the facility would boost Phase Three of the country's 15-year Pastoral Community Development Project that began in 2003 by the government. The bank official said the project would improve the pastoralists' access to human reproductive health, educational facilities, veterinary clinics, small irrigation schemes and rural roads in 113 pastoralist communities in Afar, Somali, Oromia and the South Ethiopia Peoples' Regional States. Meanwhile the Finance minister said the programme would be implemented through a collaboration with the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). The project is expected to be extended to all pastoral districts in the country to improve health delivery, social services including water and sanitation.

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Source: Agence de Presse Africaine

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