Assistance for "Coordinated Rural Development of IDP and Refugee Impacted Communities in the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia" Project

April 7, 2006

  1. On 7 of April, the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 1,440,703.42 US dollars (approximately 159.92 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to the project entitled "Coordinated Rural Development of IDP and Refugee impacted Communities in the Somali Regional State (SRS) of Ethiopia" that will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  2. In the SRS, Ethiopia, due to recent droughts and conflicts, a large number of people have been forced to leave their communities of origin and to seek humanitarian assistance in areas belonging to other clans. This project aims at assisting the development of the host communities of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees from Somalia in the SRS as well as creating conditions that may ultimately encourage the IDPs to return to their communities of origin. The following activities will be implemented:
    • Skills training programs and income diversification activities including micro credit and saving schemes;
    • Provision of basic social services such as basic health service, safe drinking water and primary education;
    • Holding workshops for IDP host communities to facilitate successful integration of IDPs;
    • Rehabilitating the degraded environment and improving the sanitation of refugee hosting areas by introducing tree nursery and public latrines.
  3. This project is expected to improve the vulnerable conditions of host communities of IDPs and refugees in the SRS as well as to stabilize the situation of the region.

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The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Japan. Since then, total contributions have reached approximately 31.5 billion yen (US$ 279.7 million). The Trust Fund has supported projects from more than 140 UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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