The World Bank has authorized a $300 million International Development Association (IDA) grant for Project to help Response-Recovery-Resilience for Conflict-Affected Communities in Ethiopia.
The project will help communities meet immediate needs, rehabilitate/recover infrastructure that has been destroyed by violence, and build long-term community resilience to conflict’s effects.
Specifically, the project will assist communities improve access to basic services as well as restore climate-resilient infrastructure, which is a top priority for them. Mobile units will be dispatched to offer key services in the areas of education, health, water, and sanitation in order to fulfill the urgent needs of conflict-affected communities.
The project has a national geographic scope, with a focus on the Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Oromia, and Tigray regions, which have been particularly hard hit by the recent conflict and are home to a large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
According to Devex a spokesperson for the European Commission noted that the move is “premature” and potentially “counterproductive” to the nascent peace process. Analysts following Ethiopia also expressed concern that the grant would reward the government before it opens up full humanitarian access to the conflict-hit region of Tigray.
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