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The Feasibility Assessment is the first step in a well-defined project cycle of designing, capacitating, and establishing a prospective Water Fund. It is a critical step in informing the key stakeholders whether to invest in the next steps of the process.

A Water Fund for the Addis Ababa City and key watersheds in the Oromia Region could play a key role in the water security challenges facing the area. A Water Fund could make a transformational contributions to Developing a shared and feasible vision of Water Security needs that creates cohesive water-related decision making, and Offering an attractive vehicle for pooling a multitude of resources to ensure the continuity of investment to protect and conserve water resources.

The Feasibility Phase has two primary objectives, firstly, to determine if a Water Fund is an appropriate and feasible mechanism to improve water security for the citizens of Addis Ababa, in partnership with Oromia Regional State. Next, is to recommend whether to proceed with the water fund design and other stages.

Based on this the Assessment Concluded that water fund is appropriate to solve water security in Addis and the designing and creation phase is on plan to start.

Climate Change and Environment Commission said it will introduce seven additional new air quality monitoring stations in the capital city next month.
Air Pollution Monitoring and Control Senior Expert Meseret Abdissa told journalists that   Ethiopia, with a population of more than 100 million, has only seven monitoring stations in Addis Ababa, Hawassa and Adama.

Yet, some of those are dysfunctional and the number of the air quality monitoring stations is low, he revealed.

The commission is, therfore, working in cooperation with United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) to introduce additional seven new air quality monitoring stations in the city, Meseret elaborated.

The senior expert stated that more than 50,000 persons die from diseases related to air pollution in Ethiopia.

The major sources of pollution in the country are biomass fuel, vehicles emission, poor quality fuels, poor solid waste management, pollution from industries and construction, it was learned.

UNEP representative to Ethiopia, Samba Haroma said the economic cost of air pollution is over 750 billion in Africa, while it is 114 billion USD in Sub-Saharan Africa.

About seven million persons die worldwide from pollution related disease annually.

Ethiopian News Agency

A consortium of three companies sealed a 126.9-million-Br deal to develop a comprehensive transport and traffic management plan for Merkato.

Two German companies and one local firm initiated the study to design and implement the traffic plan last month under a contract awarded by the Addis Abeba City Roads Authority. The project, which aims to alleviate traffic congestion and enhance the safety of pedestrians, is financed by the World Bank Group.

Gauff Ingenieure and PB Consult, which have been engaged in road infrastructure design and construction for more than two decades, are the two German companies involved in the project. Alert Engineering Plc, a seven-year-old consulting firm that works on road and bridge construction, as well as transport and traffic management activities in the capital, is the local partner.

The three companies will engage in concept development, detailed engineering design work and prepare a tender document for the implementation of the project in the coming eight months. The companies will also supervise the project during two years of implementation.

The project covers 1.1-square-kilometre area and encompasses the area between Fitawrari Habte Giorgis Street in the north, Central African Republic Street and Dejazmach Mekonen Demisew Street in the west, Uganda Street in the south and Tesema Aba Kemaw Street in the east, following the Addis Light Rail route.

The project is set to improve pedestrian and vehicular mobility and expand parking provision and public transport, according to Moges Tibebu, director general of the Addis Abeba City Roads Authority, owner of the project.


Walking is the main mode of mobility in the capital and accounts for an estimated 70pc of trips, followed by public transport at 26pc and private motorised transport at four percent.

Even though the proportion of pedestrian deaths has dropped from 82pc to 76pc in the past year, pedestrians still make up the overwhelming majority of fatalities, according to the 2018 report by Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety.

The City Road Transport Bureau is implementing the project, while the city’s Traffic Agency is the beneficiary.

“The project will be implemented in line with the city’s master plan on using limited space efficiently,” said Behailu G. Eyesus, head of the Transport System Improvement Program Implementation Unit at the Addis Abeba Road Transport Bureau.

“The design will solve the traffic congestion of the area,” Behailu told Fortune.

Merkato, which literally mean “marketplace” in Italian, is the largest open market in the country and is known for having overwhelming business and traffic activity in the city. The latest data from the Addis Ketema district shows that the district where the marketplace is located has a  population of 271,644.

A transport management lecturer thinks that the design by itself cannot solve the problem.”To alleviate the congestion, additional remedies are needed,” Berhanu Zeleke (PhD), who has worked at Kotebe Metropolitan University’s Department of Urban Transport Management for over two decades, said. “Constructing overpass bridges and cable cars can be options.”

A month ago the City Road & Transport Bureau already started the design of an Intelligent Transport System Master Plan, an integrated program for traffic management and pedestrian safety, with 600 million Br in financing from the World Bank.



Residents of Addis Ababa who participated in the national campaign to create rubbish free Ethiopia expressed commitment to continuously clean the city.Cleaning Ethiopia under the initiative “Together for a Clean Ethiopia” was taking place this morning in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Sahilework Zewude.

Prime Minister Abiy and President Sahilework, mingling with thousands of residents of Addis Ababa, were seen picking up litter outside the National Palace in the streets of the capital on Sunday.The initiative aims at creating clean, safe, healthy and economically sustained Ethiopia for generations to come.

Police officer, Emebet Derbe, stated that she and her colleagues are more than committed to pursue such initiative that would help the city clean and healthy.It is not only cleaning the country’s rubbish but also thinking of get rid of negative attitudes from within ourselves, she added.

Besides, it helps to bring all sorts of the society to a strong unison and solidify unity in different national matters, she added.Mentioning that police is part and parcel of the society, Emebet urged the public to work in similar caliber of unity to maintain peace and order as well as preventing crime.

Feven Gosaye, who is a resident of Addis Ababa, said the cleaning campaign is crucial as it came at the call of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to keep clean the city and real public attitude towards hatred.“I would be glad to do this every day, cleaning our surrounding in the morning and going to our jobs with a clear conscious is the source of greater happiness and I would love to it,” she confirmed.

Bzuayehu Brhanu, another participant in the campaign pointed out that she took part in cleaning Ethiopia since it is a national call and benefits every citizen.She added that all the people in unison and sense of togetherness have come out of their homes and cleaned the surrounding.

Appreciating Prime Minister Abiy’s clean initiative campaign, she confirmed that the general public stands by his side in all aspects.


Ethiopia has created jobs to more than 2 million people in the last nine months and needs to double the figure to meet the growing number of unemployment, National Job Creation Council stated.   

Of the total jobs created about 1.08 million are in rural and 1.03 million in urban areas.

Chairperson of the Council and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said the ongoing comprehensive reform can only be realized if it successfully ensures development that benefits the youth.

Due attention should be given to job creation as it helps address public demands, he said, adding that immediate and tangible results are needed in this regard. “We have to break the snail’s pace,” Demeke stressed.

Speaking of the 10-billion birr revolving fund disbursed to the youth earlier, the chairperson noted that “joint collaboration is crucial to recover the money from defaulters and revolve it to facilitate job creation and poverty reduction.”

The construction sector is reportedly at the forefront in contributing 29 percent of the jobs, followed by the service sector by 27 percent in urban areas.Jobs Creation Commissioner Ephrem Tekle said on his part that the country should create over 3 million jobs in 2012 Ethiopian fiscal year in order to meet the growing unemployment and realize its vision of poverty reduction.   

Unemployment is growing even if the number of government employees has doubled over the last seven years reaching 1.64 million.“We are only meeting 1/3rd of the prevailing unemployment number and we must double our efforts to fully respond to that,” the commissioner added.

According to him, agricultural productivity especially horticulture, community inclusive tourism, manufacturing, and creative arts industry are sectors that can absorb large number of job seekers.Commissioner Ephrem pointed out that agriculture alone is expected to create over 5 million jobs in the coming 5 to 6 years.

In order to bring immediate change in job creation, he said, revising the fundamental policy and applying all the necessary measures set to ease doing business are worth mentioning.Moreover, he stated that the commission is working in collaboration with other pertinent institutions towards aligning the education system and available job opportunities.Ethiopia has more than 10 million unemployed citizens, it was indicated.


Resilience Officers and other senior policy makers from six cities across the world recently traveled to Tel Aviv to take part in a workshop examining how a city-wide digital currency can help their cities become more resilient. The workshop not only provided a glimpse into the future of urban resilience, but helped bring it closer to reality.

The workshop followed a challenge issued earlier this year to members of the 100 Resilient Cities Network, giving them the chance to utilize Colu’s City Currency. Israel and UK based technology company Colu has designed City Currency as a city-wide digital currency, which motivates residents towards impactful positive behaviors, including increased local spending, healthy living, recycling, civic activity and beyond. City Currency provides a rewards mechanism, which follows a similar economic logic to frequent-flier miles programs. However, unlike these programs, it promotes city interests, according to their specific needs. City Currency can be distributed by municipal authorities and partners, to be used by local residents, businesses and beyond. Its distribution is calibrated in order to help each city meet their resilience goals.

City Currency, once adopted by a local government, operates within the Colu payment app and is available to all who live and work in the city as a reward scheme. The digital currency, which can be spent across the city, is added to a resident’s Colu wallet in return for actions which help meet community priorities. The rewards can then be redeemed at public and private institutions that are subscribed to the program. The incentives offered through City Currency can be tailored and purpose-built to meet the particular needs of each city. It allows cities to engage residents, local businesses and institutions through their everyday transactions, empowering them to achieve specific goals. Currently in Tel Aviv, for example, residents get additional rewards when using the Colu app to make purchases at independent local businesses, which helps foster equitable economic development.

Representatives from the cities participating in the workshop – Belfast, Porto Alegre, Milan, Addis Ababa, Cape Town and Tel Aviv-Yafo – underwent a thorough application process which reviewed the long-term challenges and the potential shocks and stresses faced by each city. The workshop then focused on how City Currency can help tackle these issues, by bringing together stakeholders from across the city to work towards shared goals.

Day One of the workshop saw each city outline its characteristics and specific challenges. These included anything from social inclusion, to green issues, mobility, economic regeneration and beyond. Assessing the city’s composition, demographics, geography and existing services for residents and businesses, representatives were able to build a ‘City Map,’ to highlight where City Currency might have the greatest impact. From this, potential use-cases were discussed.

Hitting the streets of Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood, participants had the opportunity to experience how City Currency might look in practice, visiting a variety of cafes, restaurants and independent businesses which already accept payment through Colu’s app. Tel Aviv is one of four cities in Israel and the UK in which Colu currently operates a mobile app for local transactions.

During the second day, city representatives worked intensively alongside Colu in order to drill down exactly how City Currency might operate in their city. The issues covered ranged from potential partners to user and merchant acquisition, the regulatory landscape and more. As a result, the cities were able to carefully consider how a City Currency plan can actually be implemented.

So, what’s next? The workshop was definitely one of a kind, bringing together cities spanning both developed and emerging economies. Yet it also demonstrated that for cities which face different resilience challenges, a city-wide currency can be a powerful tool to engage local stakeholders toward helping to overcome those challenges. The workshop represents a significant step towards deploying City Currency to help cities become more inclusive, resilient and successful. Colu will work alongside the participating cities, to determine whether and how City Currency might be implemented. To this end, at least two cities will be selected to launch and implement City Currency within the coming months. This is an exciting step forward in a journey to build sustainable and equitable economic growth, one city at a time.


Participants of the community-based climate conference of Least Develop Countries (LDCs) stressed that the solutions to climate resilience and adaptation are found at grass-root levels.A participant from Niger, Ababale Mahamane Sanoussi told ENA that “we know about the problems of climate change, and the solutions for me are at grass roots.”

The Nigerien Technical Advisor for Climate Learning and Advocacy for Resilience Program added that the big challenge is to link community-based adaptation with the community and come out with something that can benefit for the community through action at community level.The conference is useful to learn and share experiences coming from the grass-roots, he stated.

Climate Justice Resilience Fund Director, Heather McGray said on her part the participants are building knowledge around community-based adaptation to build trust in their relationship.McGray stated that her organization is supporting the grassroots to build their own solutions to climate change.“We are particularly supporting women’s organizations and indigenous peoples and youth,” she added.

According to her, the organization has about 20 participants from partner organizations who have been giving presentations on climate change at the conference.Global Green Growth Institute Country Program Advisor, Gebru Jember pointed out that the focus is on sharing the experiences of the respective communities of participants and taking lesson to enhance climate resilience and adaptation as it needs bottom up approach to alleviate the problem.

He added that all countries should get involved in the effort to reduce green house gas emission as forest fire, drought, landslide, flood and heat waves as well as decline in productivity are becoming common challenges caused by climate change.Gebru stated that the participants are sharing experiences and expected to find resilient and sustainable solution for the adverse impact of climate change.

About 300 experts, practitioners, government representatives, policy makers and donors are in attendance of the four-day 13th International Annual Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA).


A community-based climate conference of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) organized with the objective of sharing experiences and understandings how communities can adopt to climate change kicked off in Addis Ababa  today.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Chief Environment Officer of Bhutan and conference chairperson Tenzin Wangmo said the 13rd Annual Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) is a critical component for finding solutions for protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of climate change.

She added that the conference is expected to increase the desire of member states to mobilize their respective populations to create climate resilient society by 2020.

Climate change has been affecting the lives of hundred millions of people around the world and the global eco-system has suffered a huge loss due to the change in climate.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commissioner, Fekadu Beyene said climate change needs global effort to address its adverse impacts as it is a global phenomenon that is currently imposing one of the biggest threats to the lives of the people.

“The impacts of climate change do not discriminate between the rich and the poor. However, the poor and the disadvantaged groups suffer most both in the short and long terms,” he noted.

Unless LDCs are engaged in building resilience and adapting capacity building programs, the commissioner said, adding that climate change will bring great loss to them. Hence, this requires a concerted effort by everyone.

Fekadu pointed out that experts, practitioners, government representatives, policy makers and donors participating in the four-day conference are expected to share their experiences and find resilient and sustainable solution for the adverse impact of climate change.



The City Road & Transport Bureau has hired three companies that will supervise the design of an Intelligent Transport System Master Plan, an integrated program for traffic management and pedestrian safety.
Expected to cost 600 million Br and financed by the World Bank, the project will integrate traffic management and pedestrian safety throughout Addis Abeba by way of corridor and intersection improvements using traffic management technologies.
The system also provides real-time traffic information to commuters, which enhances their safety and comfort by reducing traffic congestion and longer trip times.The lead German consultancy firm, H.P. Gauf Ingeieure Gmbh & Co, will jointly undertake the project with PTV Transport Consultant Gmbh and WYG International B.V.
Gauf secured the project after vying against 36 other international companies that expressed interest, with six finalists making the cut.

The Bureau will be installing the system to improve five main corridors, 132 road junctions, 22 existing signalised locations and 27 other on-going intersections. The six-year project comprises of detailed study and design of construction corridors, road junctions and traffic management centre.The project is intended to regulate traffic management in the city in order to reduce traffic, according to Behailu G. Eyesus, head of the Transport System Improvement Program Implementation Unit.
The development of the master plan will optimise the existing system by using efficient design, according to Behailu.
Corridors that extend from the British Embassy to Africa Avenue; from Arat Kilo to Atikilt Tera; St. George Church to Gojam Berenda; Arat Kilo to Bras Hospital; and Dej Omer Semeter School to the Grand Palace are the five corridors selected for the project.Implemented in two phases, the first phase includes a study and design, while phase two comprises supervision work and capacity building. Installation of CCTV cameras and traffic lights, will also be included in the project.

The roads in the city are becoming more congested, according to Tamene Belle, communications director for the City Traffic Management Agency.”More than 20,000 additional vehicles join the roads every year, fueling the traffic congestion in the city,” he said.The total number of registerd vehicles during 2017/18 was 553,938.
At the same time accidents are increasing in the city. Reports show that more than 456 people, mostly pedestrians, die by car accidents every year. A year ago the city recorded 478 deaths, 3,133 injuries and 28,289 road accidents.
Fekadu Gurmessa (PhD), a lecturer on transport geography at the Addis Abeba University for more than a decade, commends the project.

He says that the city is growing in size faster than the infrastructure development in the capital. Therefore, more people cause more road congestion and accidents.To solve the problem sustainably, he suggests the implementation of a motorisation policy, which promotes more use of public transport for controlling traffic congestion.
“For the best implementation of the new system, the city needs additional ring roads to create alternative road connections,” Fekadu said.


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