World Bank to fund new refugee project in Ethiopia

To implement a project called “Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) In the Horn of Africa“, with a plan to help stem the flow of refugees , World Bank (WB) offered 100 million USD (81,500,000 GBP) to the Government of Ethiopia, sources reported.

Per the report, the new project which will start in 1st quarter of this year is believed to improve living conditions for refugees camped across five regional states in Ethiopia. Refugees camped in Tigray, Afar, Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz and Somali states along with respective host communities will benefit from the project, the report confirmed.

Speaking during the project’s launch  in the town of Sem’’ara in Afar state, the state minister of Livestock and Fisheries Dr. Misrak Mekonnen mentioned, “The project is believed to promote and upgrade the lives of both the refugees and host communities from socio-economic as well as infrastructural facilities.

For Ethiopia, a country hosting nearly 800 thousand refugees originated from Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia, implementation of the project will have a positive impact.

The project which will run for five years, will benefit more than one million people.

UNHCR believes, out of the nearly 800,000 refugees camped in Ethiopia, 120,000 are Eritreans .