Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs and R. David Harden, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) of USAID met today (Oct. 20, 2016) wherein the two sides vowed to intensify the longstanding cooperation between Ethiopia and the USAID. The two sides have also discussed on some of the achievement of USAID in Ethiopia.
On the occasion, Dr. Tedros commended USAID's contribution to Ethiopia's socio-economic development, and particularly its support to the country's efforts of realizing some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In connection, the Minister also mentioned the support USAID extended to Ethiopia's National Health Extension program, education and poverty reduction programs. The Minister particularly noted that the country's health extension program has been effective in the sense that the door to door health service provision by exclusively female extension workers not only reduced the distance of service to zero but also helped do away with some cultural taboos that were associated with reproductive health service deliveries to rural and urban women.
The Minister further commended USAID's support to Ethiopia's efforts of mtitigating the El-nino induced drought. He said, "The contribution USAID made in our effort to withstand El Nino induced drought was also exemplary," while also emphasizing on Ethiopia's ability to respond to the El Nino induced drought in its own capability, which he said showcased that drought could only be changed into famine due to political mismanagement.
Mr. Harden on his part hailed the success that Ethiopia has achieved in meeting the MDGs ahead of Schedule. He also said the USAID is committed to further build on the longstanding cooperation between the two sides. While also welcoming government efforts to reform the country's electoral law, he further said the US is keen to support such an initiative.